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San Dieguito Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
United States
Kathy Loper Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 30m 11s
Overall Rank = 97/1720
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/159
Pre-race routine:

Banana, starbucks double shot, 2 gels, and maybe 10 oz of sports drink before race.
Event warmup:

.5 miles up hill and .5 miles back, focus on cadence and getting up to race pace.
  • 1h 30m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

Used this race as a fitness test for Oceanside. Was very happy with the end result. Went in a bit haphazard with regard to race goals.

Was a crazy week which cumulated with news of the death of fellow cycling club rider who was killed less than two days prior after being struck by a street sweeper.

That, along with miscellaneous other events, left me in a position to almost not even do this race.

The race starts fast (downhill) with probably the majority of the hard climbing done on the front half of the course.

The variation in elevation makes more traditional pacing strategy difficult, so I just went on what felt right at first. Kept thinking I was going out too fast and perhaps would pay for it at the end.

The explosion, though, never occured.

Later, in the last quarters of the race, I relied a few times on the pacing of other runners to pull me through stretches that I otherwise may not have ran as hard.

A pleasant suprise was bumping into Steven Tally, who I had just ran the Avalon 50 with during the last half mile climb towards the finish.

Both he and I were working hard trying to break 1:30, but just as I thought we had it in the bag, I realized the finish was actually just a bit farther in (maybe 600 ft.) from where the start began... bummer.

Nevertheless, my PR on a flat course was 1:33 last November, so I was very happy with my overall performance on this hilly course, less a real taper or meaningful race prep.

I thought about our fellow fallen rider throughout the race, broke down a bit at the finish, and dedicated this run to his memory.
What would you do differently?:

Not much... ran this to the best of my ability.
Post race

Last updated: 2011-01-11 12:00 AM
01:30:11 | 13.1 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/159
Overall: 97/1720
Performance: Good Avg. HR - 170
Course: A somewhat hilly run through Rancho Santa Fe. Garmin says 786 ft. of gain.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-02-15 1:41 AM

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