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Platte River Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Littleton, Colorado
United States
50'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 26m 58s
Overall Rank = 31/1551
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/108
Pre-race routine:

Usual... up early, bowl of cereal, banana, and coffee.
Event warmup:

Nothing really jogged around the block once.
  • 1h 26m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 38s  min/mile

Was not digging this race from the beginning. Legs felt dead and just felt like a sloppy runner. First mile ticked off at 6:01, which was about 15 seconds faster than projected goal pace. So I pulled back some knowing I had a little in the bank. Stayed right on pace through mile 3, which was just under 19:00. I thought "Alright this is where I need to be to neg-split the second half". Sat on that pace through mile 6. At 6.5 my turn-over went to crap and I started "gut-checking". The idea of negative splitting was out the bag and staying even became the focus. Was hurting some, but not horribly so I just sorta carried on. Hit the 8 mile marker, leg turnover was garbage, stride fell apart, and had zero "pop" in my legs. Under normal conditions I would've been able to accelerate for a minute or two and settle back into pace, but not today. Last few miles felt like a death march and just wanted to finish.
What would you do differently?:

Everything! I don't think I've quite recovered from March's big run month, but the goal of that was not to test the legs 10 days later but geared towards tri season still a couple of months out. So I may not have had it today, but I'll be ready for the race season. It's April, the legs are shaved and it's time to get fast!
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:


Last updated: 2010-04-09 12:00 AM
01:26:58 | 13.1 miles | 06m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/108
Overall: 31/1551
Performance: Below average
Avg: 174 Max: 178
Course: From downtown Littleton, with a loop in town there, then onto the s.PLatte trail to the Buckhorn exchange. Rolling hills under the bridges and a nasty hill over the Highway at mile 12
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-04-12 1:50 PM

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Colorado Springs
Subject: Platte River Half Marathon

2010-04-12 4:15 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Still pretty darned fast!  Nice job on your race and getting through it even with feeling "off!"
2010-04-13 9:48 AM
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Parker, CO
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Impressive run.  300 plus miles of running in March? how are you even standing?
2010-04-13 10:11 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
for your legs "turning to crap" you still managed a really fast race!  Nice job Dave!
2010-04-13 11:05 AM
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Straight outta Compton
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Nicely done- in my dreams I could run that fast on a perfect day!
2010-04-13 2:15 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon

You are just a sandbagger!  JK  well done after a huge month of running.  Rest day are your friend Dave!  Didn't your coach tell you that!


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