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P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
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55F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 19m 29s
Overall Rank = 70/19298
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/1071
Pre-race routine:

Jamie and I, well just me actually, woke up at 4:15 am or so. Jamie rolled out of bed closer to 5 and we hit the road at 5:20. We had signed up for a hospitality tent that was heated with food and porta johns and they had a private parking area and buses to the start. It's $50/person but really makes the morning easy with a point to point race and chilly morning. A lot of our friends were also there so we had a great time waiting for the 8:30 start.
Event warmup:

Nothing really, Jamie and I jogged to the corrals. She was in 2 and I was in 1 and we I hooked up with my friend Eric, John, Klas, Dallas, and Dan. I knew John and Eric were going to try and pace along with me for as long as they could.
Run
  • 1h 19m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

So my plan was to start fast and get my HR up into the mid 160's. My run LT is right around 168 bpm's so I targeted 165 as a good effort to try and average. I have been running a lot this winter as I always do, upwards of 50 miles per week and my tempo runs have been pretty quick so I thought it would be great to shoot for a sub 1:20. My PR was a 1:22:53 on this course 2 years ago.But to be honest, the thought of running 6 lows for 13 miles seemed a bit out of reach, so rather than racing using splits per mile, I just used HR as I know that so well and what I can do with it. If the result was there, all the better.

The first few miles felt great. I was running so smooth and steady and it felt effortless. I went through mile 1 in 5:50 and realized I needed to slow down just a bit. Eric and John were right behind me, although I could hear John breathing hard. I cam to 5K and hit my watch for a split.

5K- 19:03

OK, that's very good, maybe I can hold on to this pace. The crowds began to thin out and I began the long stretch down McDowell Road. John and dropped at this point and I could see Eric's reflection in the store windows as we went by still behind me. I yelled for him to come up and join me but he was starting to fade. I was still feeling very good, running well, with my HR still around 164-165. I hd one gel with me and planned on taking that and my only drink just after 10K which was coming.

10K- 37:15

Wow, I actually negative split that first 10K but I didn't realize it at the time. I was beginning to believe I might actually make it under 1:20. I had some wiggle room but needed to keep pushing. My ZOOT TT 4.0's felt fast and light and I was slowly passing runners who went out too hard. In fact, I wasn't passed at all after mile 4 so I knew my pacing was good. I knew miles 7,8,and 9 would be hard as I was starting to feel like I wish this was over already. Between 9 and 10 are the only meaningful hills on the course and they hurt but I shortened by stride and hussled up them well. When I got to mile 10, I took a moment to check the time.

10 Miles- 1:00:23

Uh-oh. This is getting really tight. I went from thinking I had it to thinking I was going to come up seconds short. I ahd to figure out a way to find those seconds so I launched myself up the road....Or so I thought. My HR began to falter, dropping into the low 160'sdespite my efforts to increase my turnover. Was I running faster? It sure didn't feel that way but I was catching up to the random runner ahead. My legs felt heavy and unresponsive and visually to me it looked like I was running 8 min miles. I was running down Mill Ave, the same road I race on multiple times per year so i knew what it felt like to be in pain on this road. Miles 11 and 12 came by and I was now sure I wasn't going to make it. I kept trying to do the math in my head and I kept coming up short based on how fast I thought I was going. Even on Rio Salado with less than a 1/4 mile to go I was sure I was short. When I reached the parking lot I checked my watch again and realized I was going to do it but I kept running hard knowing it would be tight. The chute is so long and I just came down as hard as I could, seeing the 1:19:1X ticking away on it. I heard the announcer say my name and home town and that the look on my face wasn't a smile but a grimace of pain. Yeah, no shit Sherlock. I crossed and gave a good fist pump.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing, that was it. The fact that my HR began to fall off those last 20min tells me I pushed myself very well and that's what I got right now.
Post race
Warm down:

As soon as I crossed, I got my act together and tuned to see Eric come in sub 1:22, which was a min. faster than his goal time. John was another min or so back. It was great to see all my friends finish, and then I anxiously awaited Jamie who cam across in 1:43 and had a great race for where her run fitness is right now. She's gearing up for a 3:40 attack at the OC Marathon in May where I will be running the Half...and looking for a sub 1:19. ;)




Last updated: 2010-12-12 12:00 AM
Running
01:19:29 | 13.1 miles | 06m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1071
Overall: 0/19298
Performance: Good
HR Average- 163 HR Max- 175
Course: A point to point heading east out of downtown Phoenix an ending at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 5

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2011-01-16 5:14 PM

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2011-01-16 5:45 PM
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Congrats!

Amazing discipline to keep pushing and try to hit your goal.
2011-01-16 5:54 PM
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Man, awesome job!!!!
2011-01-17 1:16 AM
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dang your fast bryan. you were flying! nice report as always. This was a nice kickoff to 2011. great job jedi master. 
2011-01-17 7:35 AM
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Wow! what a testament to awesome winter run training! Well done. 4th in your AG is outstanding!

2011-01-17 8:24 AM
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Congratulations. Great race and great race report. 

You continue to be an incredible source of information and inspiration.

Why is it your HR drops at the end of the race ? Don't most people tend to go slightly up as the race progresses or is that just a newbie thing ?





2011-01-17 9:48 AM
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Sweet run! 
2011-01-17 12:24 PM
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You just keep getting faster and faster.

Way to start 2011!
2011-01-17 12:27 PM
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nice one!
2011-01-17 12:29 PM
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Great Race, Bryan!  It definitely sounds like you raced to your potential and left it all out there.  What an amazing PR.  Congrats to your wife and friends as well. 

I'd be willing to bet money if you ever focused 100% on running, and peaked at or close to 100 miles per week, you could go sub 1:15 at the half distance.  You got speeed man

2011-01-17 12:41 PM
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Wow...what a race. Very interesting to hear you say that you just looked at your HR and that you knew it would put you right on pace. I guess with the amount of training you do it's easy to figure out speed based on HR. I just don't run enough to do that. What an inspiration to all of us. Another great accomplishment.


2011-01-17 1:02 PM
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Congrats on a speedy race and top 0.4% in the AG!
2011-01-17 1:15 PM
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nice report.
2011-01-17 1:59 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Hey, thanks so ,uch everyone! In regards to HR, yes, I am VERY familiar with how my HR responds and what my limitations are. It is very true in general that HR will escalate as fatigue builds, especially when it's warm out. However, I either went through a nutritional low spot or I was slowing and my HR was dropping. My splits don't seem to indicate a real decline in pace around miles 10 and 11, but my HR was flagging and that's also a sign of fatigue setting in quickly. I ignored it for the last mile and just ran as hard as I could and I think I was able to turn it around as my high HR on the day was 175 and that had to be at the end.
2011-01-17 2:07 PM
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I can't even wrap my head around running that fast. Like it doesn't even make sense to me. Surprised

Congratulations on a job well done! Your ability to push yourself is remarkable!
2011-01-17 7:00 PM
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Fantastic race...



2011-01-17 8:13 PM
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Nicely done Bryan!
2011-01-18 12:45 PM
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That is fast...nicely done!
2011-01-18 12:55 PM
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AWESOME FINISH BRYAN!

Way to rock it and smash the course!
2011-01-18 2:54 PM
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Very impressive Bryan!  Congrats on a great race!
2011-01-18 4:25 PM
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that's killer speed...


for half a race. 


(you're welcome to respond with an appropriate form of 'F. U.')


2011-01-18 6:06 PM
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morey000 - 2011-01-18 3:25 PM

that's killer speed...


for half a race. 


(you're welcome to respond with an appropriate form of 'F. U.')


LOL! Jamie and I were leaving the Family Greet area and cut across the marathon course as people were finishing around the 4 hour mark and we both felt like punks for not doing the big boy race.
2011-01-18 6:14 PM
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bryancd - 2011-01-18 5:06 PM
morey000 - 2011-01-18 3:25 PM that's killer speed...


for half a race. 


(you're welcome to respond with an appropriate form of 'F. U.')
LOL! Jamie and I were leaving the Family Greet area and cut across the marathon course as people were finishing around the 4 hour mark and we both felt like punks for not doing the big boy race.


 .... so you're calling me a big boy?? thanks b!
2011-01-18 6:37 PM
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elliot85 - 2011-01-18 5:14 PM

bryancd - 2011-01-18 5:06 PM
morey000 - 2011-01-18 3:25 PM that's killer speed...


for half a race. 


(you're welcome to respond with an appropriate form of 'F. U.')
LOL! Jamie and I were leaving the Family Greet area and cut across the marathon course as people were finishing around the 4 hour mark and we both felt like punks for not doing the big boy race.


 .... so you're calling me a big boy?? thanks b!


Not until you go sub 3.

...for real, and I think you can get there sooner than later.
2011-01-18 9:05 PM
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bryancd - 2011-01-18 5:37 PM
elliot85 - 2011-01-18 5:14 PM
bryancd - 2011-01-18 5:06 PM
morey000 - 2011-01-18 3:25 PM that's killer speed...


for half a race. 


(you're welcome to respond with an appropriate form of 'F. U.')
LOL! Jamie and I were leaving the Family Greet area and cut across the marathon course as people were finishing around the 4 hour mark and we both felt like punks for not doing the big boy race.


 .... so you're calling me a big boy?? thanks b!
Not until you go sub 3. ...for real, and I think you can get there sooner than later.


..then i can join you and dan on nick's wall -- the sub 3 club.
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