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Tyranena Beer Run - 1/2 Barrel Route - RunHalf Marathon

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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
United States
Tyranena Brewing Company
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 47m 22s
Overall Rank = 178/859
Age Group = M41-45
Age Group Rank = 24/72
Pre-race routine:

This is an oddball race that starts at 11:30am. So I hung around at home, did some cleaning and watched a little HGTV. It was an episode about a guy that starts a project, screws it up and then his wife calls in a professional. I can relate to that. But I digress... So on the way out to Lake Mills I listened to my Sara Bareillas CD. Not the hard charging rock I usual listen to, but very good stuff. You should give it a listen. She actually played in Milwaukee on friday night, but I waited too long to get tickets and missed the boat. but I digress...
Event warmup:

I parked about .5 mile away from race start. So I ran to registration, picked up my packet, walked back to my car, took off my warm ups and ran back to the start. I cut it a little close and got to start line about 3 minutes before start. Lunatick (Stacey) found me and we chatted up a bit. She mentioned she might want to come up with a goal. That seemed like a good idea. I decided a pr on course (2:00:34) would be nice and maybe a 1:50 if things went smashingly. The race started and we were off with the masses.
  • 1h 47m 22s
  • 13.19 miles
  • 08m 08s  min/mile

Last year, I started too fast, took the early hills too hard and blew up about mile 6. So I thought I would try a different approach this year. Ran the first 3/4 of a mile with Stacey through traffic. She asked me our pace and I said about 8:30. She said: "Hmmm, I wonder..." I thought that meant she wanted to pick it up, so I sped up, Somehow I lost her in the crowd. Looked around, but couldn't find her. Sorry Stacey, I didn't mean to be anti-social by moving ahead without saying goodbye. Pushed the pace a little, but kept myself in check for the hills and the rest of the race. About mile two I started running next to this guy who was a little older than me. It was his 2nd HM and first time on the course. He said " I like this course so far, some nice rolling hills, but not too bad. I thought to myself, do I break it to him that there are some major hills coming up or let him be surprised. I decided to let him in on the secret. I told him how I started out too fast last year and the hills made me pay for it. He said, " now that you mention it, I have started out a little fast." I decided to move past him before the first hill because I did not want to witness the aftermath.
Miles 3-5 are filled with quite a few hills. My strategy this year was to take the up hills steady, but not hammer up them and then take advantage of gravity on the way down picking up my cadence and pace. This year that worked well and I felt pretty good coming out of that section. About mile 5 there were two women that would become pace booty for me for the rest of the race. Let's call them Pace Booty Sisters (PBS) for short. THis was not traditional pace booty, as sometimes they were just in front of me and sometimes just behind me. Either way, it was motivating me to keep the pace. The most entertaining thing about these gals was the conversation they had with each other. Some gems was one girl telling the other that she usually liked to dial back in the middle of the race because she really didn't want her effort to be hard at the end. Another entertaining story was when they were talking about their boyfriends and one told the story about her boyfriend going out for a bike ride and then playing volleyball. What's odd about that? Well apparently he went with another girl and failed to mention that. The girlfriend showed up at volleyball to find the other girl's bike on her boyfriend's rack and the girl at the volleyball game. Then the trouble started. But I digress... Anyway, as entertaining as this was, at mile 10 I decided to make my move. PBS decided to stop at an aid station. I had my fuel belt and decided to skip it. I went past them. I was feeling pretty good so I decided to push to a sub 8 pace. For the rest of 10 and 11 I could not hear PBS and I figured I had lost them. Mile 12 had another hill, it got hard, but I kept my sub 8 pace (7:58). At mile 13, I started to hear the familiar laughing and talking of PBS, so I pushed the pace to 7:45. I couldn't let them catch me. I could still hear them back there and swore they would pass me in the end so I ticked up the pace to 7:20 and was kind of hurting, but I didn't care. I crossed the line in front of them (in fact by nearly a minute) But I digress... I Pr'ed the course by 13 minutes and beat my 1:50 goal.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push it a little harder from start.
Post race
Warm down:

Got chills right after I finished and kind of felt crappy. I grabbed some food and headed back to car to put my warm up clothes back on. I then went back to finish. Sadly I missed Stacey finish when I was gone and could not find her in the masses. I got in line for food (lasagna). I ending up sitting at a table with a bunch of strangers, who kept asking if I would move down to make room for their friends. It reminded me of freshman year in High School. Kind of sad. I got up and went to beer line. Nope no Stacey. The lines were long and thought it would be kind of sad for me to stand in line for 15 minutes to get a beer and drink by myself. So I left. All Donkeys are on notice: get your butts back to this race next year!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No focus in the last month and kind of doing this race as an after-thought.

Event comments:

A great race and a great after party (did you hear that? A great after party!)

Last updated: 2010-11-03 12:00 AM
01:47:22 | 13.19 miles | 08m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/72
Overall: 0/859
Performance: Good
Course: 2 miles in town then a few hilly miles around the lake, then, trail work for about 5, then modern American industrial park, then a hill to see if you are paying attention, then a finish line because the race is done.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-11-08 7:09 AM

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Delafield, Wisconsin
Subject: Tyranena Beer Run - 1/2 Barrel Route

2010-11-08 7:48 AM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
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Nice job Jim and way to beat out PBS.
2010-11-08 8:07 AM
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Waukesha, WI
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Nice job on the PR and an entertaining RR as usual
2010-11-08 10:04 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Did the PBS's sound like Valley Girls when they talked?
2010-11-08 2:05 PM
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Nice job Webs!! Had you stuck around long enough, you would have heard me finish the sentence. I was saying "hmmm, I wonder.... if I've gone out too fast" My last minute goal was to keep it to just barely sub 9's so when you said 8:30, I said "too fast!" I had my eye on the donkey jersey for awhile but I think I had lost you by mile 2. Glad you found some pace booty to keep you entertained.

And I concur - the post race party is the BEST around. (I must have just missed you. I went to my car to change and by the time I dragged my slow butt back, a lot of time had gone by
2010-11-08 2:53 PM
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West Allis, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Tyranena Beer Run - 1/2 Barrel Route

dam jimbo, way to much time digressing here. work on that for the next race would ya???

great job as usual runner!!!!



2010-11-08 7:34 PM
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I like digressions. Especially when they relate to cute girlz.

Oh, and nice race btw, that's speedy!
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