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Columbia, South Carolina
United States
64F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 26m 22s
Overall Rank = 9/822
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/59
Pre-race routine:

Wake up 4:30am after not sleeping (as usual). One pancake and coffee. Help the kids get ready and drive over. I didn't feel great, but not awful either.
Event warmup:

About 1/2 mile of jogging with some pickups.
  • 1h 26m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 35s  min/mile

I went out dedicated to hitting 1:20 or nearby. That was overly ambitious, but I figured what the hell. I'll try. I was holding 6:08 for 5 miles, and then things went south. I was actually in 3rd place for those 5 miles. Then I slowed down and went from 3rd to 6th over the next few miles. Then we hit the real hills and I truly blew up and lost another 5 places as a small pack passed me. At mile 11 I started to feel a little better and picked it up again, passing two people who had cracked even worse than I had, and finished 9th.

I'll take that. I had made a conscious decision to go big or go home. I ended up 'going home', but I learned a lot more than I would have if I had gone out at a 6:25 pace and held it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I went for it knowing that the consequence of failure was blow-up. I can live with that consequence.
Post race
Warm down:

My quads especially are pretty blown out. I've stretched them many times, and I'm wearing compression tights now. We'll see....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Even splits would have made me much faster, but that's not what today was about. Another time...

Event comments:

Despite blowing up, I still got a PR. Not the one I was hoping for, but I'm not complaining. It'll come...

On the other hand, I am totally stoked to see Samuel and James finish their first genuine 5K race. They were both fantastic. Samuel was chomping at the bit. (He got up at 4:45 and asked me whether we could go ahead and get over there...) He did a great job, as did James.

Last updated: 2011-04-16 12:00 AM
01:26:22 | 13.1 miles | 06m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/59
Overall: 9/822
Performance: Good
Course: Windy and hilly with a smattering of rain.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-04-16 7:39 PM

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Columbia, South Carolina
Subject: Palmetto Half Marathon

2011-04-16 8:46 PM
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Wilmington, NC
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Not going to say sorry that yoy had a tough day because I like the way you went out there. You have to risk failure in order to succeed. Besides, you did not fail. Hell you ran a PB so that is pretty good. I think from what I saw of your training you are in shape to go alot faster than the 86min. Congrats on laying it on the line. There will be many more races and I think you can be assured of many more, quite a bit faster PB's.

Good on ya.

2011-04-17 4:00 PM
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Lexington, KY
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Congrats on the PR Michael!  I like the approach you took.
2011-04-17 5:11 PM
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Not failure, but low aim, is crime. - James Russell Lowell


2011-04-17 8:16 PM
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gutsy stuff man. Never regret trying. Good job.
2011-04-18 8:53 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Way to go for it!  And congrats on your HM Tri honors - woohoo!

2011-04-19 9:21 AM
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In my very limited racing experience (3 half marry's) I did what you did once...and it HURTS. 1:26 is a fast time but based on your training I agree with can go faster :-) Congrats on a PR and a gutsy race!
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