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Selden, New York
United States
Suffolk County Half Marathon
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 03m 35s
Overall Rank = 201/295
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 24/28
Pre-race routine:

Got to the race sight early with Bobby and his friend (and my new friend) Billy. We just hung out, got our stuff together and stayed in Bobby's warm car. I had a cup of coffee and a bagel with Almond Butter in the morning.
Event warmup:

  • 2h 03m 35s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 26s  min/mile

All in al, I am pleased with my performance today. I decided that this year I wasn't going to hold myself to real strict time goals and just do as good as I can on the day of each race... and I truly believe that I did the best I could possibly do today.

I was off from my 1/2 marathon PR by about 6 minutes, but oh well, on that day last year, the conditions were perfect. Today, the conditions were... less than perfect. I went out really really fast and I think I emptied the tank very early on especially with the strong wind at my back, I just kept pushing the pace, thinking I was banking some time, but I could not bank enough to deal with the winds I was hit with from mile 7-11. The wind was intense and directly into our faces. I tried staying behind some people to get the benefit of them blocking some of it out, but it didn't help as much as I had wished. My last five miles were very difficult (in the 10:XX range) and I think I sort of reverted back to my LSD paces from my long runs during marathon training. I kept thinking in my head, "ok, if I average 9:XX for the last 6 miles I can beat my pr of 1:57.57, but that just wasn't in the cards. I bumped into a volunteer at mile 8 and it was truly down hill from there.
What would you do differently?:

Really? not too much I did the best I could and left nothing in the tank. I think I just really need to learn pacing and pace control. That's by far, my biggest problem. I started the race at 195lbs which is probably the lightest I have been for any race, triathlon or running.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to the car

What limited your ability to perform faster:

-It sounds silly, but I spent a lot of time running on the shoulders of the road for some reason. I was like, sort of running in a ditch.
-An Overzealous volunteer handing out water at mile 8
-Pacing is an issue and something I still have to learn. It is soooooo apparent to me that I really am still learning every day.

Event comments:

Overall, I am happy with today's race. I keep remembering that I have come such a long way. OK, I didn't PR, but I did get a COURSE PR (2:07.XX) in 2007. I keep coming back to the thought that every race I finish and every race I start is a victory.

I'm going to take it easy this week. I think I know my body and I think I need to lay off a bit. It's Spring break, so I am going to try to sleep a little late, do a bunch of yard work and stuff around the house. I'm going to swim tomorrow, do a couple of easy runs this week and maybe an 8 miler or so on Saturday.


Big, big, big congrats to Bobby. He finished 4th in the division. He had a great race and is definitely in the best shape I have seen him in. I keep nominating him for BTer of the Month. Maybe this month he'll finally win.

Kudos also to Billy who had a great race and I think he said it was a PR. Great job!!

Last updated: 2010-03-21 12:00 AM
02:03:35 | 13.1 miles | 09m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/28
Overall: 201/295
Performance: Average
1 08m 11s 1.00 miles 08m 11s /mile 154 162 2 08m 24s 1.00 miles 08m 24s /mile 163 166 3 08m 35s 1.00 miles 08m 35s /mile 165 167 4 08m 36s 1.00 miles 08m 36s /mile 164 167 5 08m 54s 1.00 miles 08m 54s /mile 165 169 6 09m 13s 1.00 miles 09m 13s /mile 166 167 7 09m 23s 1.00 miles 09m 23s /mile 165 167 8 09m 50s 1.00 miles 09m 50s /mile 164 166 9 09m 45s 1.00 miles 09m 45s /mile 164 166 10 10m 39s 1.00 miles 10m 39s /mile 162 165 11 10m 13s 1.00 miles 10m 13s /mile 161 166 12 10m 26s 1.00 miles 10m 26s /mile 160 162 13 10m 08s 1.00 miles 10m 08s /mile 162 167 14 01m 22s 0.14 miles 10m 05s /mile 166 167
Course: The course is pretty basic out and back and out and back on one long straight road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-03-28 1:28 PM

Miller Place, Long Island
Subject: Suffolk County Half Marathon

2010-03-28 1:48 PM
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Mike, I had a blast this morning.  It was a lot of fun just hanging out with you and Bill, plain and simple.  Your words of wisdom rang in my head the whole race, and because of your attitude and positive perspective I had a great race and a great time.

I had a great race today, yes -- based on time, but I honestly didn't LEARN anything today.  I applied things I learned from other races, though.  I think you LEARNED a lot today.  Races where I don't meet my expectations are the one's where I learn the most and it leads to future succesful races.  I think, from everything you've said and wrote, you learned today that you need to develop your ability to Pace. 

As I suggested, (after the LI Marathon) we're gonna run some road races starting with a 5k, then 4-miler, 10k and then we'll have you do another Half-marathon.  I think by running the shorter road races and building the distance, you will get a better handle on "Race Pacing".  I'm a firm believer that you are on the very edge of a huge breakout performace.  Your impeccable and consistent training will pay dividends very soon.  And remember, your 'A Race' is the Long Island Full.  I can't wait to hang out that day!! 

2010-03-29 3:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Suffolk County Half Marathon

Nice job, Mike.  You'll be in fine shape for the LI Marathon.  Keep up the good work.

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