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13.1 Fort Lauderdale - RunHalf Marathon

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
United States
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 57m 37s
Overall Rank = 615/2147
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 21/163
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, had a Lara bar and a bottle of nuun. Drove a whopping 3 miles to the start line.
Event warmup:

Walked around, did some high-kness and some butt kicks trying to loosen up.
  • 1h 57m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

1 - 9:13
2 - 8:36
3 - missed it!
4 - 18:17
5 - 9:03
6 - 8:57
7 - 9:20
8 - 8:56
9 - 8:22
10 - 9:02
11 - 8:52
12 - 9:03
13 - 9:02
13.1 - 0:55

Mile 1, there was a ton of traffic. The race was bigger than I thought! I had my watch set to beep and me if I was going to fast or too slow. It wouldn't shut up! It was set for me to go 1:55 to 1:58. We ran out 17th, and turned the corner to US1.
At Mile 2, we hit the tunnel under the New River. I hauled down the hill, dodging people the whole way. At the bottom of the tunnel were a steel drum player and a drummer! Too cool! I pushed hard up the hill, too, because I knew that the only elevation spots were here and the Las Olas bridge.
I kept trying to find a running buddy, but everyone else's pace seemed as sporadic as mine. Mile 3 brought us on to Las Olas, and we were headed to the beach. I got fed up with my watch and turned the alerts off. I had printed out a wristband with the total time I needed at each mile to hit 1:59:59 and it became my sanity check.
The Las Olas bridge was right at Mile 4. We got hit by the 10-15mph winds out of the east, with gusts to 25. It's been windy lately, so I was expecting it. I pushed harder.
The miles went by really quickly, which was great. Mile 7 was slow - it was the last mile before the turnaround on A1A. I picked it up for the turnaround and kept telling myself I was on the home stretch... even though it was 4.5 miles!
At one point, I caught up to a sub-2 pace from the gun time (which was displayed at all of the mile markers). I liked that, and tried to hang on to it.
I FINALLY saw the Mile 10 sign, and knew I had about a half hour to run the last 5k. No big deal, I could do it!
Mile 11 is where the hurt set in. The miles stopped flying by, and started slowly creeping past. I knew if I could hang on, I could go sub-2:00. But, I hurt.
I picked up a running buddy for a bit, but ditched him when he slowed down at an aid station. I had two miles to go - slowing down for Powerade and water was not an option.
I hit mile 12, and the complusive distance-checking set in. I probably looked at how far I had left to go at least a dozen times. "I can suffer for 1.1 more miles... I can suffer for 1.0 more miles... Only .8 to go, I can hold on..."
Those thoughts continued until I could FINALLY see the finishers chute. People started sprinting past me, but I didn't care. They didn't run the rest of the race hard enough, obviously ;).
I ran across the finish line and didn't want to walk anymore. I slowly hobbled to the volunteers handing out medals, and out of the chute.
What would you do differently?:

Not set my watch to beep at me. Not leave my Shot Bloks in the car.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit. Picked up my morning gear bag. Had champagne. Got food. Cheered for some finishers. Had more champagne. Found shuttles back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

If I trained specifically for this, I'm sure I could go faster. But, I'm really happy with my time.

Last updated: 2011-08-09 12:00 AM
01:57:37 | 13.1 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/163
Overall: 615/2147
Performance: Good
Course: Flat, aside from one tunnel and a bridge - 17th St to US1 to Broward to Las Olas, then a long out and back along A1A.
Keeping cool Good 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-11-14 8:04 AM

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Subject: 13.1 Fort Lauderdale

2011-11-15 8:06 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: 13.1 Fort Lauderdale
I agree about not setting your watch to beep while you run...can get very irritating over 13-miles.  Nice job getting under 2-hours! 
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