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Augusta Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Augusta, Georgia
United States
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50sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 02m 33s
Overall Rank = 98/301
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/25
  • 2h 02m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

mile 1 10:30, as expected
mile 3 27:45, 9.15 was hoping for faster but forgot about the 1 mile uphill
mile 7 1:02, 8:51 feeling great long downhill
mile 10 1:33, 9.18 lost some ground here
mile 13 9:18 kept it steady in last 3!

I felt really strong this whole run and felt like I had lots of endurance. I stayed focused on my goal of about 10% below VO2max. Didn't breathe too hard and moderate sweat. I did walk for 10 sec breaks at rest stations, plus whenever I felt my HR go up. The only thing holding me back was my legs started to seize up in the last 3 miles, weird aches around ankles, calves, thighs. I had to walk like 5 times the last 3 miles, twice in last mile. I was hoping to break 2 hours, but still this is a PR by 4 minutes, so I can't complain! As for breaking 2 hours, but there's always next year. And, I'm now in top fourth of my AG and top 1/3 of all runners vs. being in the middle of the pack last time.

What would you do differently?:

Run more in the 2 months preceeding this event. I really didn't put in any training so got bad blisters (no calluses left) and am super sore. I figured I was trained for it since I did the HIM, but the Half was my only run longer than 9 miles (in August). I should've done at least 2-3 longer runs between August and October! Moral: don't rest on my laurels.
Post race
Warm down:

remember to bring a sweatshirt in the car! It got cold after I cooled down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not training for the event.

Event comments:

Loved it. Nice to have live music at finish--thanks to Joe. I didn't stick around long but it was good.

Last updated: 2010-09-27 12:00 AM
02:02:33 | 13.1 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/301
Performance: Good
Course: Nice some uphills and downhills. One long mile hill around mile 3 up Central Ave, a shorter uphill up Highland, then big downhill on Millege, flat around Lake Olmstead, huge uphill onto Calhoun Expressway, 3 shorter uphills on the Expressway, downhill and cruise into finish.
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-10-24 6:07 PM

Augusta, GA
Subject: Augusta Half Marathon
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