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Sri Chinmoy Running & Fitness Festival - RunHalf Marathon

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Melbourne, Victoria
Sri Chinmoy
Total Time = 2h 11m 2s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had the most restless night of sleep. I think I saw every hour. So did Mr T and our house guests. I heard their alarm at 6:30am and so I too got up.

Had a glass of juice and prepped a honey sandwich for an hour prior to my run. Had to be there early so my friends could register. This gave me plenty of time to wait in the toilet queue. 15min prior to racing I have a gu.
Event warmup:

I did a few leg swings and then jumped in the queue to begin the run
  • 2h 11m 2s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 13s  min/km

So the gun goes off and a plenty of people pass me. I am taking it easy, trying to run my own race and it feels slow. About 3km in people seem to have found their rhythm and it appears I'm the only person running 6 min kms. No one else around! It's like this until 7km in and only then do I start to pick people off. I find if I focus on my form I can put on a little burst and pass people easier. Passing people! Unheard of!

At about 9km I started taking the powerbar lemon gel shots. I was determined to finish them, but it took me 9kms to do so. I definitely wasn't hungry.

I knew it was worth holding off early because I was going to struggle at 17km and onwards. That I did. It's not my favourite part of the course and then you have to run past the finish line to do another mini loop so it becomes more of a mental challenge. I just know as soon as I lost focus I slowed down. And it took a lot of effort to keep concentrating.
What would you do differently?:

I ran the race I wanted to, and ran a PB!!!
I was aiming for an easy first half and consistent pacing and I didn't do too badly. I didn't drop off at the end at all.

According to my Garmin the course measured long a little long (~200m), my friend's was the same. Up until about the 8km mark it was spot on, then the kms just got further and further out. Perfect conditions for running though, no wind at all.
Post race
Warm down:

I was cheered over the line by Mr T and friends, then it was all about the
Apple crumble!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Significant running talent.

Event comments:

The more I run the more I like these events. They are small and friendly in comparison to some of the other runs around. There seems to be a higher calibre of runners that attended these events, which is initially intimidating but in the end makes for some great racing.

Last updated: 2011-05-16 12:00 AM
02:11:02 | 21.1 kms | 06m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
1 00:06:03 1.00 2 00:06:15 1.00 3 00:06:11 1.00 4 00:06:10 1.00 5 00:06:15 1.00 6 00:06:07 1.00 7 00:06:07 1.00 8 00:06:07 1.00 9 00:06:05 1.00 10 00:06:06 1.00 11 00:06:04 1.00 12 00:06:07 1.00 13 00:06:03 1.00 14 00:06:09 1.00 15 00:06:15 1.00 16 00:06:04 1.00 17 00:06:07 1.00 18 00:06:11 1.00 19 00:06:09 1.00 20 00:06:07 1.00 21 00:05:57 1.00 22 00:02:15 0.41
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2011-05-31 6:56 AM

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Subject: Sri Chinmoy Running & Fitness Festival

2011-05-31 10:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Sri Chinmoy Running & Fitness Festival
Yay! A PB!!! What an awesome run! Well done. Can't wait for your marathon :-)
2011-05-31 10:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Sri Chinmoy Running & Fitness Festival

Awesome!!!!!!!  What a great race and a PB as well.

Great build up for the marathon, must give you a huge boost.

Well done you!

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