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Colorado Colfax Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Denver, Colorado
United States
Colorado Colfax Marathon
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 42m 12s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Bowl of Wheaties Fuel for Breakfast. Took some GasX cuz I fart like it's my job when I run. Matt & Jen picked me up and Jen was kind enough to drop us off close to the start and then go park. Gel 30 minutes before run. Met up w/ Justin and "the other Ben" from the Parker Tri club.
Event warmup:

  • 1h 45m 12s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 02s  min/mile

Felt great. From a nutrition standpoint, I only had 1 gel at about 45 minutes in and didn't see any gels on the course but that didn't seem to bother me. I was also a bit curious to see how the GasX treated me and it did it's job without causing any cramps or anything.

After runninig slow at the start, Matt and I settled into about an 8 minute pace. My HR stayed right around 160 which was a tad higher than I wanted, but my legs felt great. After turning around at Fitzsimmons, I could feel the finish line pulling me in, but I still had a ways to go. We spotted a couple rabbits and let them pull us along. We noted a girl ahead of us in a blue skirt and shirt who appeared to be running very easily and holding a right at or below a sub 8 min/mile pace so we stayed with her for couple miles. After holding it for most of the race, Matt stopped to pee (typical) at mile 10. At this point, we were roughly 1:23 into the run. I knew he'd be busting his ass to catch me so this is where the race began.

I loosened my stride and the girl in the blue skirt was long gone. I was actually shocked at how good I suddenly felt. Apparently I had fallen into a lazy shuffle and changing gears was just what the Dr ordered. I passed virtually everyone I saw from this point on. I had found "the zone" and was still managing to hold back a bit so I didn't blow up. Reeling in one runner after another, my legs turned over on their own. I passed an older man who decided to run with me for a few seconds but that was the only person that attempted to stay with me. With 2 miles left I let me legs go a bit more and with a mile left I was seriously pressing the pace. We entered the park and I upped it another notch hoping not to puke. I had a lady in site about 200 meters from the finish but she heard me coming and she picked up her pace. I was all in though and couldn't catch her before the finish.

Looking at my watch, I PR'd by 7 minutes. NICE!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Slow race start

Last updated: 2010-05-17 12:00 AM
01:45:12 | 13.1 miles | 08m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: After snaking through City Park, we made our way out to Colfax. It was this initial start of the race that sucked. There was just too much traffic and I ended up running on grass and dodging slower runners. Mental note: If I do this race again, I'll get much further up to the front of the start. Once we were on Colfax, the crowd spread out a bit and we headed straight into the sun. We turned around at Fitzimmons and headed back towards the park on 17th ave.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-05-17 6:32 PM

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