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Dexter-Ann Arbor Run - Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
Ann Arbor Track Club
63F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 45m 58s
Overall Rank = 587/2396
Age Group = F20-24
Age Group Rank = 21/128
Pre-race routine:

Ate oatmeal, bagel with cream cheese about 3 hours prior. Drank G2, green tea, water... and then more water after the start delay.
Event warmup:

Got on the bus to Dexter and arrived at the race start which was at some Dexter elementary/high school so hung out inside the school. Had over an hour to kill, so attempted some lame stretching. I was trying to stay off my left foot as much as possible because a week earlier I had banged my foot into a chair pretty hard that it still wasn't fully recovered. When I walk on my toes I find there to be almost no problem. I had considered not doing the half marathon, but decided to give it a go anyway...

Got over to the start line, and with less than 5 minutes to go until start time, they tell us the race is being delayed by 30 minutes due to a tree in the road. (We had thunderstorms the night before.) So then we all headed back into the school to stay warm. Race got off a half an hour later.
  • 1h 45m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

Weather was pretty much perfect. It was cloudy for much of the time, and it wasn't too cold or too hot. It did start sprinkling very lightly about halfway through, but that was only for a few minutes. And with a mile and a half to go the sun came out so hot air was felt, but other than that, pretty nice running weather.

Well I wanted to minimize the impact on my left foot's injury as much as possible, so I started running on my toes (left foot only.) Started off at a comfortable pace and was pleasantly surprised that the first 4 miles I average sub-8 minute miles... although that was the last I saw of that. But I kept going at what I felt was a sustainable pace. There was a "big" hill just past mile 7. I considered walking at this point but decided against that and trudged up it. After I made it up the hill, I decided to stop running on the toes because I felt a blister coming on so I went to my regular running form. This whole time it seemed like a lot of people were passing me. In fact, basically until mile 10, I felt like I was being passed a whole heck of a lot. I didn't let that bother me though because I wasn't sure how much I could handle and didn't want to burn myself out. At mile 9 I noticed I was off the 1:45 pace I was hoping for by just under a minute. So at that point I decided I would take in a GU to give me a boost for the remainder of the run. I believe this was a mental boost more than anything. It worked for about 2 miles. And then during mile 12, I really don't know what happened, but I slowed drastically. I guess I lost focus? I just really don't remember. For the last mile I tried to pick it up. And then came the gradual hill that ends the run. That was also the point where a lot of spectators were lined up until the finish line, so that's when I tried to just pick it up some more and started picking people off. This turned out to be a very good thing, because I ended up making the 1:45 range by just a couple of seconds, so this made me quite happy! My primary goal was a sub-1:45 which I missed by about a minute, but because I still made it within the 1:45 range, I can be happy about this run. :)

I stuck with water the whole race, I just didn't feel inclined to consume anything actually, but thought I should at least take a sip, so I got water at all aid stations (every 2 miles) and walked through them all, in part because I haven't mastered the art of drinking on the go, and partially as an excuse for a rest. Sometimes I would bend over for a quick stretch of the hamstrings because an old injury was starting to flare up. (!!)
What would you do differently?:

Maybe I would think a little harder about not doing a half marathon when not fully healed from a foot injury, because of course now it is worse than it was before.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around... stood around... stretched a little.
Had 2 bagels and some gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Banging my foot into a chair a week before the race? (How annoying!)
Being undertrained? Going into the race I really didn't think I was, but perhaps an old injury flaring up which never happened during training can be attributed to that? I went faster in the race than I was prepared for?
Mental stamina? In particular, really can't recall what happened during mile 12.
Walking through all aid stations? Or maybe that helped.

Event comments:

Nice course, nice event!

Last updated: 2010-02-06 12:00 AM
01:45:58 | 13.1 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/128
Overall: 587/2396
Performance: Good
1- 7:41, 2- 7:39, 3- 7:43, 4- 7:55, 5- 8:08, 6- 8:04, 7- 8:15, 8- 8:18, 9- 8:30, 10- 8:08, 11- 8:03, 12- 8:25, 13+0.1- 9:02 (= @8:13)
Course: Gently rolling hills with a few good hills that got me sighing. Most of the course was on a tree-lined road so it was nice and green. There were a few spectator spots which were nice because it was uplifting to run through the cheering.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-06-07 11:18 AM

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