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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 06m 40s
Overall Rank = 170/5062
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 24/338
Pre-race routine:

The Red Rock Company had "the ZONE" pre-race warm up area this year. I took their shuttle (not the usual school bus I have to ride) from Tempe to Phoenix and we were dropped off at a heated tent area. They had all kinds of nutrition, coffee, water, juice, a stretching area... and most importantly porta potties. It was $50 but well worth the money!

I got there pretty early (2 hours before the race) so I took my time stretching, eating food, going potty, and talking to friends.
Event warmup:

The warm up zone was about a 5 minute walk to the start line, so Dean and I left the warm tent area 15 min to the race start. I really had to pee about 2 minutes from the start, so I just peed my pants. Peeing your pants is cool, right?
  • 3h 06m 40s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 07s  min/mile

Goals for this race:
#2 Beat 3:07:30 (Bobby's time), Dean, and my arch nemesis, Karleen
#3 Stick to my coach's race strategy

I had the mindset going into this race that it was either Boston or bust. I knew it wouldn't be easy by any means, but I felt I trained well for this and I had confidence that I'd get my sub 3:10. I was playing a lot of head games with myself prior to the race because my open marathon PR was only 3:45. I met with Nick, my coach, Wednesday before the race and he made me realize I'm a totally different athlete now. I race much smarter now, and every single workout in my training has a purpose. I've started to notice some improvements in my race times and I couldn't be more pleased having him as a coach.

Race day came quick and I was definitely nervous race morning. The night before, I laid in bed and visualized my entire race. I pictured myself crossing the finish line in 3:07 and imagined how happy I'd be. This sounds cheesy, but this visualizing thing really works..

The race...

Miles 1 to 10k: Went by very quick. I was lined up in the middle of Corral 1. I stayed with the 3:10 pacer for most of the race. Although this pacer was a great runner, he was really into "banking" time. This upset/annoyed many people shooting for Boston as he consistently stuck to 7 minute miles until the very end of the race. Throughout these first few miles, there was a huge group with the pacer but this number slowly dwindled down. There were only five of us at the end with him.

10k: 43:48

Miles 7-13.1: I felt good. After mile 8 Nick wanted me to increase my HR to near threshold (172). I did this, increased my pace to sub 7 min miles but then hit a few rough patches so eased off a bit, as I was still way under 7:15 min miles (this pace I needed to qualify). Nick told me to ease off if I started to feel bad. I stuck to 168bpm for most of the race and that seemed to work well for me; never comfortable, but the discomfort was tolerable.

Half mary: 1:31:38

13.1 - 17: I knew I'd experience some bad patches in this marathon. Mile 16-17 I felt horrible. I felt like I had no energy, my legs felt really fatigued, and I felt dehydrated. I eased off to 7:15 miles and eventually snapped out of it. One thing Nick has really emphasized in long course racing is that you're guaranteed to reach some low points in a race; he tells me to just run through it and the pain/discomfort will eventually subside. I took in a gel at mile 16 and I eventually felt better.

18-20: Snapped out of the pain cave, and was back to running just over 7 min miles. I was feeling good at this point, but I knew I still had a 10k to go.

20 mile: 2:21:07

21-26: When it's game, it's pain time. I was looking forward to this point of the race. I knew it was the point where everyone starts to fade. I saw many people start to walk, cramp up, grimace in pain... THIS is where the real race begins. My pace slowed a little, but I made many passes. I really notices the very slight inclines throughout this last 10k. However, I was well prepared for the small hill between Mckellips and the 202 highway on Hayden. My pace slowed to 7:22 on this last section but I knew my Boston goal was soon going to be a reality.

26-26.2: The final stretch down University felt awesome. The 3:10 pacer was very encouraging and gave some great tips throughout the race. He was very motivating. I finished the last quarter mile with only a few people around me, which was much different in prior years when I finished with huge herds of people. I hugged it out with my pacer as soon as we crossed the line.

I gave this race everything I had; I stuck to my race/nutrition strategy and met all my goals. All those long runs with the last few miles at ATHR really paid off! Finishing seeing a sub 3:10 on the race clock was better than any of my Ironman finishes. It will definitely be a moment I'll cherish for the rest of my life.

Mile splits/hr
1: 6:58/152bpm
2: 6:56/162
3: 7:03/165
4: 7:06/166
5: 7:01/166
6: 7:02/167
7: 7:01/166
8: 6:52/170
9: 6:52/169
10: 7:09/166
11: 7:10/166
12: 6:52/165
13: 6:44/167
14 7:03/166
15: 7:05/166
16: 7:13/165
17: 7:15/165
18: 7:09/165
19: 7:02/164
20: 7:12/165
21: 7:13/164
22: 7:12/165
23: 7:14/167
24: 7:22/167
25: 7:26/165
26: 7:18/167
0.2: 6:40/168

292 ft climbing


What would you do differently?:

Absolutely nothing, I felt I stuck to my race strategy and raced to the best of my abilities.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw Dean and Karleen finish just behind me. Also met up with Chad and the gang as soon as I finished (thanks for spectating).

Talked with my Durapulse teammates, Lisa, Kim, and others after the race as I limped around. Everyone had great races. Congrats to Dean on the BQ and to everyone who set PRs.

Event comments:

P.S. I was chicked 22 times.

Last updated: 2010-11-03 12:00 AM
03:06:40 | 26.2 miles | 07m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/338
Overall: 170/5062
Performance: Good
Course: Phoenix to Scottsdale to Tempe... 26.2 miles of pain.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2011-01-17 10:49 AM

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Subject: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon

2011-01-17 11:11 AM
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Chandler, Arizona
Subject: RE: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon

Congrats on a great race!


You had a monster year last year and there's no doubt with this race that your 2011 season will be just as impressive.

2011-01-17 11:17 AM
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Goodyear, AZ
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I am not at all surprised that you reached and beat all your goals for the day! Congratulations! I dont know anyone who trains harder, this is very well deserved!

You are my fastest friend now!

2011-01-17 11:30 AM
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Nice job Elliot.  I'm slowly not hating you as much as I did at mile 17 for convincing me to sign up for this   It was fun to train together for this race and I guess we're going to Boston!  Glad to see you broke the top 150.
2011-01-17 11:48 AM
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Great Race Elliot, congrats and I am envious.   2012 Boston will be the next time we compete in the same event together, I started training this morning...
2011-01-17 12:29 PM
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Again, congratulations on your latest conquest. I was surprised to hear you say that it was a bigger accomplishment than your last IM finish which was epic. You have progressed so much this last year and it is because of all that you have done. You are a true inspiration to the many of us that just finish.

2011-01-17 12:38 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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You are a God among men. Also, you're short and kind of fat.
2011-01-17 2:05 PM
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Mesa, AZ
Subject: RE: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon
You forgot to add that you got a hickey on your neck during the race.  Pervert.

In all honesty, your dedication to the sport is so inspiring.  If I someday train hard maybe I could be like Elliot one day.

Actually I'll just call me cousin to get me into Boston, sounds way more fun than training as hard as you do!
2011-01-17 2:54 PM
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Bedford, NH
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Dude!  Your rocked it out there and it sounds like everything went right.  As Sally said, you train hard and its very well deserved!  I hope you spend some time recovering and the rest of 2011 goes as well as this race did.  I have no doubts that it will!
2011-01-17 3:10 PM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2011-01-18 1:45 PM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Awesome job, Elliot - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

2011-01-18 2:46 PM
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Maricopa, AZ
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Great race Elliot and well written race report. I hope to have a race like that one day...
2011-01-20 4:50 PM
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San Antonio
Subject: RE: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon
Totally agree about mile 16.  Outstanding job breaking thru and meeting all the goals.  Amazing results!
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