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Sarasota, Florida
United States
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 57m 48s
Overall Rank = 670/2171
Age Group = 30
Age Group Rank = 65/113
Pre-race routine:

Went out for Italian on Friday night with a buddy who was also running the race. Normally I try to eat my big carb meal two nights prior to the race. This eventually became an issue during the race. Race morning was the normal, toasted wheat bagel with peanut butter and Nutella and a small glass of milk. Drove to parking lot just south of the start/finish area. Didn't get there as early as I would have liked, see issue later.
Event warmup:

Jogged from parking lot to the start area, stretched a little then got in line for the porta-potties. Line did not move. When they started making the announcements to move to the starting corrals, I had a decision to make. Stay in line and start late or get to the start line and hold it as long as I could. I went with option #2.
  • 1h 57m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

Tried to keep from going out too fast, ran my first mile in 9:31, right where I wanted to start. Miles 2-7 were all between 8:36 to 8:53. Good steady pace everything going well. Then I had to stop. The body was telling me it was a mistake to eat a late dinner Friday and skip out of the porta-pottie line. Fortunately there were 2 porta-potties at the 7 mile water stop. 2 minutes later and all was good, back to the race. Lap 8 was 10:29. Laps 9-13 were all within 6 seconds of each other, 8:43 to 8:49. When I turned off of 41 and could see the finish line I went into my kick. This was the first race that I had enough left to kick, it felt great. Even better was seeing that I was going to break the 2 hour mark.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to my normal 2 nights prior to the race big dinner with a smaller meal on the night before. Also get up early enough to get to the bathroom before the start of the race.
Post race
Warm down:

The hard kick to the finish really took a lot out of me at the end. This was the most exhausted I have felt after a race. Grabbed the crowd control fence to keep from falling over, tried to catch my breath then walked around and stretched the calves some.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor timing of a BM!

Event comments:

This was the best this race has been in the 3 times I have run this race.

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Last updated: 2010-12-12 12:00 AM
01:57:48 | 13.1 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 65/113
Overall: 670/2171
Performance: Good
Course: Changed from last year's course. This one is MUCH better. Started near City Park then went south to the Ringling Bridge. The new course went all the way to St. Armand's. This gave the legs a chance to recover from the bridge before doing it the second time. After returning to the start area, the race went north on 41 to the Ringling Museum then turned south and zig-zagged through the neighborhoods along Sarasota Bay before jumping out on 41 for the last little bit to the finish line.
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

2011-03-13 9:07 PM

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Bradenton, Florida
Subject: First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

2011-03-15 10:08 AM
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Subject: RE: First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

Congrats on your sub-2-hour finish, even with the untimely poop break

Sounds like you had a good race!

2011-03-16 12:35 PM
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Sarasota, FL
Subject: RE: First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
Nice race, Chris.  Congratulations on breaking two hours.

It was certainly a beautiful day.  I was a course marshall at Acacia & Oak Cir. and had a great time.  Hopefully my Achilles will be healed enough to do the race next year.

2011-03-17 10:44 PM
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Bradenton, Florida
Subject: RE: First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
Thanks for the show of support.  It always feels good to hear "good job" from someone who understands why we do this to ourselves.
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