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Colchester Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Colchester, Connecticut
United States
Hartford Track Club
32F / 0C
Total Time = 1h 57m 47s
Overall Rank = 209/371
Age Group = M30-309
Age Group Rank = 38/62
Pre-race routine:

Got up and ate a light breakfast with the family. Arrived at the race an hour before start. Anna and the kids went along to watch me run my first Half Mary. I drank about half a bottle of water and some coffee on the drive. I changed in the locker rooms at the school.
Event warmup:

Since it was quite chilly outside, I did some stretching inside. I didn't do any running to warm up, but did jog in a place a little waiting for the start.
  • 1h 57m 47s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

My pace started too fast. I didn't really have a race plan. I hoped to be able to keep my pace under 9 min/mile, but didn't know if I could. I made a mistake of trying to build up slack in the time early by running faster. I still met my goal, but I was definitely hurting later in the run.
I had 2 gels during the run with a 3rd on standby if needed. First one around 6 miles and second around 10. Overall a good plan.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down during the first 2 miles. Eat a banana before the race.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around for a little while, ate a banana and drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This was my first race, so my comparisons are against no other races.

Last updated: 2010-03-10 12:00 AM
01:57:47 | 13.1 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/62
Overall: 0/371
Performance: Average
Avg HR was 173. This was definitely higher than normal for me, even though my pace was only slightly faster. I think adrenalin had something to do with the higher HR.
Course: Some hills, but not as bad as I was expecting based on other's comments in advance.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
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2010-03-10 2:13 PM

Griswold, Connecticut
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