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St.Louis Track Club Half Marathon - Run

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St.Louis, MO
United States
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 39m 56s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

1 bowl of oatmeal (less sugar brown sugar and cinnomon flavor), and a bit of pb&j sammich. I went easy on the water.
Event warmup:

Got to the race site about an hour early, so I just chilled in the car and listened to Rage Against the Machine for a while. Then I lace up the shoes and went for a 15 min jog. Then I ditched a layer of clothes in the car and headed to the gym for some stretching with my gel/water mix and my HRM. I stretched for a good 15 minutes, and then relieved myself one more time in the woods before the race. Perfect!

  • 1h 39m 56s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

I thought it was a great race. I started off nice and easy at an 8min pace, and then after a couple miles, I picked it up a bit. I took a couple sips of water at each station, but I was never really thirsty. My little tiny bottle had 2 shots of gel mixed with water. It seemed to be a good amount of fuel for me.
I hate getting passed, so I never let it happen. Instead, I would pick a person up ahead of me, and catch up with them. Whenever I'm next to somebody during a race, I get the urge to go faster. I'm never satisfied just going the same speed as that person. I spent 1hr and 40mins passing people and it was awesome! Right up to the very last mile, I made sure nobody around me was going faster. It was a great feeling.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a 180 energy drink that they handed out at the finish. I talked to my wife about the race, and then caught up with Drmac to chat. I ran another 10mins to cool down, and stretched a bit, and then went home and stretch A LOT!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience. My previous longest race was just over 7 miles. This was a very new experience for me, so I didn't know how I'd handle it physically and mentally. Now that I know what I'm capable of at HR160, I would probably push the envelope a little more through the middle of the race.

Event comments:

That was good times. And the shirts/medals were pretty neat. I enjoyed the experience.

Last updated: 2006-03-20 12:00 AM
01:39:56 | 13.1 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
1)8:05 2)7:54 3)7:44 4) 7:45 5) 7:44 6)7:48 7) 7:22 8) 7:36 9)7:37 10) 7:32 11) 7:44 12)7:29 13) 7:26 AVG Heart Rate: 159
Course: Center of Clayton into Forrest Park.... and back.
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-03-20 10:01 AM

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St. Louis
Subject: St.Louis Track Club Half Marathon

2006-03-20 12:58 PM
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St. Louis, MO
Subject: RE: St.Louis Track Club Half Marathon

Way to go Speedy Gonzalez!  Dang... that was darn speedy for your first half mary.  Very impressive.

Is this more proof that resting pays off? Wink

Glad it went so well for you! 

2006-03-20 2:45 PM
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Austin, TX
Subject: RE: St.Louis Track Club Half Marathon
Hey, great first half marathon! I'd certainly say that you ran it "in good form." Congrats!
2006-03-21 11:03 AM
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St. Louis
Subject: RE: St.Louis Track Club Half Marathon
Thanks everybody. It was pretty exciting. I surprised myself a little bit.
I wonder what my next race should be.

Meanwhile. Let's see if these pics will load.
Me... coming down the final stretch. Afterwards, I guy told me he was doing everything he could to try to catch me in the last mile. I told him, "I know. I wasn't going to let you. Nice race!"
Ahhh... crazy sugary orange 'energy drink.' can you tell I'm happy?

Edited by getsome 2006-03-21 11:05 AM
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