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Desert Dash Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Tucson, Arizona
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 02m 32s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had breakfast, hung around the house for a bit, then made the big 12 minute drive to the start of the race to get my race number and what not.
Event warmup:

Half mile easy run and some light stretching
  • 2h 02m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

I started out feeling really good. First 4 miles were right where I wanted to be. Course was flat and I was running in the HR range I set out to run in. Then wow, where did all the hills come from? It got harder to run a level pace. I still did ok but the last 4 miles were tough. I know I would have killed this race had I run it in the direction intended. Glad I train on hills. I would have liked to have finished stronger then I did. It was a struggle to hang on but I did cross the finish line feeling like I gave it all I had so I feel good about that.
What would you do differently?:

Run the course in the correct direction. But some body glide on the small of my back. A bit chaffed
Post race
Warm down:

Tina meet me at the finish line and gave me a Diet Coke and a chocolate bar. I couldn't eat the bar so saved that until I got home. Just walked around for a few minutes then headed home. Tried to take an ice bath and lasted about 2 minutes. Icing the hip instead. I think I actually made the water too cold.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills. No, seriously, just need more training. It's coming along

Event comments:

It's a small race with not a lot of folks entered so you get what you get. I think they did an OK job considering. They had to reroute the course on Thu due to the washes flowing and I think that was part of the issue with us running the correct direction. Had the day been any hotter the water stations would have been insufficient but given that the day started at 45 (brrr) it was ok.

Last updated: 2010-03-10 12:00 AM
02:02:32 | 13.1 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 09m 13s 1.00 miles 09m 13s /mile 160 172 2 09m 01s 1.00 miles 09m 01s /mile 168 173 3 09m 15s 1.00 miles 09m 15s /mile 169 172 4 09m 21s 1.00 miles 09m 21s /mile 168 173 5 09m 39s 1.00 miles 09m 39s /mile 170 178 6 09m 22s 1.00 miles 09m 22s /mile 168 172 7 09m 43s 1.00 miles 09m 43s /mile 172 178 8 09m 40s 1.00 miles 09m 40s /mile 172 178 9 09m 33s 1.00 miles 09m 33s /mile 172 177 10 09m 05s 1.00 miles 09m 05s /mile 172 177 11 09m 09s 1.00 miles 09m 09s /mile 172 176 12 09m 12s 1.00 miles 09m 12s /mile 174 177 13 09m 35s 1.00 miles 09m 35s /mile 175 180 14 00m 44s 0.09 miles 08m 31s /mile 180 181
Course: Almost everyone ran the course backwards. Not sure where we all got off course but it made what should have been a somewhat easy course hard as shit. Tons of hills to run up and what not. At least they realized what was going on fairly early in and got us going back the opposite way such that we still got the 13.1 in.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-04-24 12:11 PM

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Payson, AZ
Subject: Desert Dash Half Marathon

2010-04-24 1:26 PM
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Awesome Job on the race!!  
2010-04-24 2:29 PM
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Great race...... Hope I can match the effort tomorrow.
2010-04-28 8:25 AM
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New York, NY
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Great race!!  I want to have chocolate bars waiting form me when I cross the finish from now on
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