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Selden, New York
United States
Suffolk County Half Marathon
28F / -2C
Total Time = 1h 54m 43s
Overall Rank = 180/436
Age Group = m 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/28
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 6am had a small cup of coffee and two mii bagels with peanut butter. Left for the race at 7:15. Got to the race and registered beofre getting dressed and ready. Freakin cold as hell out there.
Event warmup:

ran about a mile.
  • 1h 54m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

A NEW HALF MARATHON PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That being said, I will never do this race again! I'll focus on some of the negative things first.

1. It was so freakin cold and windy today. Too cold and too windy for a race effort in my opinion and this is coming from someone who runs outside at 4:30am all winter long in rain and snow and temps so cold my gatorade freezes.

2. This course is TERRIBLE!!!! One freakin long, lonely road. Throughout the whole race you're either going north or south, so there is very little variation when it comes to the wind. Fortunately, the wind was at our backs for the hardest mmiles (0-1.5, 6.5-11.5)

3. At about mile 4.5 just before the hardest "hill" of the race, I tucked in behing a guy and a girl. I followed them and satyed out of the wind for about a half mile until the base of the hill. I told them that it was my turn and the two of them got in lone behind me. I shielded them from the wind and pulled up the hill thinking I would get repayed on the other side. When we go to the crest of the hill, the guy just took off. So much for any help. The girl, (all5'5" and 100lbs of her) even said, "wow, that was fucked up". She said she would let me draft off of her but we both knew that would be meaningless because I'm about twice her size.

4. My f'ing ipod battery went dead at about mile 8... I knew I should have recharged it last night.


OK, now the rest of the race... I was feeling great from the beginning. My first mile was among the fastest I have ever done in any road race. Going into the stiff wind from miles 1.5 to 6.5 was a bitch but I knew I could push through it. At about mile 9, I could feel myself drifting and getting pretty worn out. I tucked in behind a guy who was slower than me, but I needed a break.

At mile 11.5, the last turn around, I started to fall apart. The weather took a lot out of me, but I needed to push regardless of what my time was. Bobby was nice enough to run with me for the last .5. I was thrilled when I got the pr, but I was too exhausted and beat up and the cold wind was too intense to really enjoy it.

What would you do differently?:

Find a better, more energetic and entertaining race.
Post race
Warm down:

walked and ate.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Last updated: 2010-11-10 12:00 AM
01:54:43 | 13.1 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/28
Overall: 28/436
Performance: Good
1 07m 50s 1.00 miles 07m 50s /mile 157 165 2 08m 07s 1.00 miles 08m 07s /mile 165 167 3 08m 25s 1.00 miles 08m 25s /mile 166 169 4 08m 15s 1.00 miles 08m 15s /mile 166 173 5 08m 30s 1.00 miles 08m 30s /mile 166 173 6 08m 45s 1.00 miles 08m 45s /mile 166 168 7 08m 35s 1.00 miles 08m 35s /mile 164 166 8 08m 40s 1.00 miles 08m 40s /mile 164 165 9 08m 50s 1.00 miles 08m 50s /mile 164 166 10 09m 12s 1.00 miles 09m 12s /mile 164 167 11 08m 52s 1.00 miles 08m 52s /mile 165 168 12 09m 22s 1.00 miles 09m 22s /mile 165 167 13 09m 39s 1.00 miles 09m 39s /mile 168 169 14 01m 31s 0.16 miles 09m 24s /mile 167 170
Course: Out and back, out and back on Nicholls Rd. Terrible course. Boring and lonely.
Keeping cool Average 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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-03-27 7:58 PM

Miller Place, Long Island
Subject: Suffolk County Half Marathon

2011-03-27 9:15 PM
in reply to: #3416953

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Subject: RE: Suffolk County Half Marathon
1.)  HTFU

2.) This course is a PR course, my Friend.  And you got a 3-minute PR!!  Your first sub 9-minute mile avg for a half marathon!!!

3.)  Boo-hoo, some dude didn't take his turn at the front .  Waahh - Waaah. 

4.) See #1 up top.  *YOU* forgot to recharge *YOUR* i-pod so you had no 1986 Madonna, Duran Duran, Enya or Barry Manilow (  to motivate you?!?  And it's the Suffolk County Half courses fault.  W.T.F

How about some gratitude and respect for the course that helped you to a wicked PR!!  Maybe you should do the Rock & Roll Marathon series, wear a costume,  join a pace group to draft for you, and let hordes of cheering fans and bands playing carry and entertain you for 13.1 thrilling, exciting, stimulating miles.  I am shocked that a 4 AM warrior like yourself would be so fragile and bitter about a fantastic bare-bones true Runner's race.  Next year keep your 20 bucks and your negativity at home.  Sheeesh.

Despite it all, CONGRATS on the PR and I had a good time hanging out with you.  34 days till Long Island Half.....
2011-03-28 8:04 AM
in reply to: #3416953

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Long Island
Subject: RE: Suffolk County Half Marathon

Congrats on the PR Mike, it was great meeting you.

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