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Duke City Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 56m 27s
Overall Rank = 362/1190
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 39/79
Pre-race routine:

Meal replacement drink at 6:00
Event warmup:

ran just a few blocks and did some skipping.
  • 1h 56m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

Set out on an 8:50 pace thinking I could hold that for the first half and maybe go down to 8:45 on the way back. I felt really good on the way out and took my gel at about mile 5 even though my stomach wanted nothing to do with it. Somewhere between mile 7 and 8 it started to become an effort to maintain pace and found it slipping when I wasn't keeping an eye on it. Then at mile 10 it became an all out battle to hold pace. At mile 11 I started losing that battle and pace dropped. At mile 12 I thought there was no way I was going to finish the race running and was wondering if I would even finish at all. I sucked it up and gritted out the last mile coming in to the finish line to the Rocky theme (how cliche). I threw a few punches at the air and put on a forced smile and stumbled across the finish knowing I left everything I had that day on the course.
What would you do differently?:

More long training runs and some over distance.
Post race
Warm down:

Spent a few minutes afraid I was going to die and then a few more afraid I wasn't. I grabbed some water and a chocolate milk then did a little stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm guessing lack of distance training.

Last updated: 2011-09-16 12:00 AM
01:56:27 | 13.1 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 39/79
Overall: 362/1190
Performance: Average
Course: very flat on the through downtown and on the bosque trail
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-10-24 12:46 PM

Subject: Duke City Half Marathon

2011-10-24 2:24 PM
in reply to: #3735963

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Albuquerque, NM
Subject: RE: Duke City Half Marathon
Good job. Way to gut it out.
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