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Melbourne Marathon (Half) - RunHalf Marathon

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Melbourne, Victoria
17C / 63F
Total Time = 1h 49m 17s
Overall Rank = 2178/8993
Age Group = Women 20-24
Age Group Rank = 52/403
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5.40am, had a good breakfast, caught up on what had happened in the IM world champs so far, took a 20' nap, got changed and ready, then biked to the race.
Event warmup:

I used the bike ride as the warm-up because once I arrived and entered the corral, there wasn't any space to warm up. Jogged in place and kept warm.
  • 1h 49m 17s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 05m 11s  min/km

My execution plan was this:
0-10k: @ or below 165 bpm
10-18k: 165-172bpm
19k: steady at 172bpm
bring it home by gunning it.
It went perfectly. I have SUCH good control over HR while running now, and it's gotten to the point where I can sense slight deviations in HR (~2bpm) by feel. This was really well done.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out just how much more I could push in the last 4kms or so. I finished really strong, but not tired at all. I taxed myself aerobically at the end, but didn't trash my legs enough overall in the run. It was a GOOD effort, no doubting that, but it wasn't all out... I'm still really proud of what I achieved, almost a 10' PR from just 6 months ago.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretched, ate bananas and drank Powerade, met up with friends that were cheering me on, chilled at a cafe in the spring sun.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

- Mental strength of knowing just how far I can push before imploding
- More speed work, more hill work will get me to be a speedier runner in this short course stuff.

Event comments:

The one thing that saves this race is that SO many people do it. The course isn't exactly beautiful (it skirts the city, stays mainly in Southbank/Albert Park, but city running isn't awesome. There wasn't enough Powerade at the drink stations (too much water) also. But... there were 9000 people running the half-marathon, and countless more doing a marathon, 10k and shorter distances. It was pretty epic running with all those people. I had fun, and most of all I beat a 'friend' of mine that thinks he's sort of a hotshot. I beat him by a LONG SHOT.

Last updated: 2010-04-23 12:00 AM
01:49:17 | 21.1 kms | 05m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 52/403
Overall: 455/8993
Performance: Good
Course: It's a flat course (702 ft elevation gain), so it was fast! Along St Kilda Rd, around Albert Park, back along St Kilda, around some streets, then finish by doing a loop in the MCG.
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? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-10-10 6:48 AM

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2010-10-10 5:01 PM
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Kingwood, TX
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Congrats K!  And awesome job on beating up on the self proclaimed badass!
2010-10-10 6:19 PM
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Great stuff.  And a 10' PB..... way to go!
2010-10-11 4:28 PM
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Excellent job Krystyna!  That sub 5m/km half marathon is coming real fast!

2010-10-21 2:11 AM
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Perth, Australia
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2010-10-21 3:19 AM
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Gold Coast Australia.
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Congratulations! Awesome result and perfct control!   

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