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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 25m 22s
Overall Rank = 45/2321
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 8/170
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5am after a poor night's sleep. Ate half a bagel with PB&J. Drove 40 minutes to the course. Waited in line for the bus. Picked up my race packet with ten minutes to spare before they closed.
Event warmup:

I ran about a mile with some pickups.
  • 1h 25m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 31s  min/mile

My foot felt OK, not great. I decided I would do the race, and make it sort of a hard training run, and I promised myself to pull up if it felt like I was doing lasting damage to any of my injured parts, especially my foot. So I went out running around 6:35s pretty consistently, apart from the first mile which, of course, I ran a bit too fast (around 6:10). I was settled in and resigned to a mediocre race, and just trying to enjoy the environment and perfect running weather.

My foot was more or less cooperating. When I hit mile 10 I saw that I had half a chance to go under 1:25, which was a goal earlier in the year. I felt OK, so I said "What the heck?" and I picked up the pace. All I had to do was run a 19:30 5K or so. I was pretty easily on track at the mile 11 marker, but not long after my foot started to complain a lot. I backed off and finished 22 seconds short of 1:25. Ah well. Backing off was smart -- my foot is quite sore now, and I dread what it will feel like tomorrow morning, but I think it is nothing that a week of easy or no running won't fix, whereas if I had continued to push to the end I think it could have gotten ugly.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, really. This was never a particularly important race for me. Plus, I PR'd even without a full 100% effort. Don't get me wrong -- even with such an effort I probably would have only just cracked 1:24. I was definitely putting out a good effort. I've still got a ways to go before I hit my long-term goal of sub 1:20. I foresee some pool running between now and then...
Post race

Last updated: 2011-09-27 12:00 AM
01:25:22 | 13.1 miles | 06m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/170
Overall: 45/2321
Course: Flat.
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2011-12-10 12:19 PM

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Columbia, South Carolina
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2011-12-12 1:38 PM
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Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Kiawah Island Half Marathon

Considering the foot issues and really just going out for a solid tempo type effort, nothing wrong with 85min.

Get that foot healed so you can rock that marathon.

2011-12-12 3:03 PM
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PB without 100% effort with foot issues....nice other than I hope you didn't re injure or prolong your foot issue.
2011-12-12 3:42 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Congrats on the PB - now, get that foot healed up!
2011-12-13 9:35 PM
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Gurnee, IL
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Fast fast fast!!!!  
2011-12-14 8:31 AM
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2011-12-14 9:12 AM
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Nice race!  That's an impressive finihsh time!  I was spectating at the finish line around your finish time and I know I probably saw you even though I didn't know to look for you!  I hope your foot gets better.  My husband and I will be back next year to run Kiawah half again!
2011-12-26 6:50 PM
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University Park, MD
Subject: RE: Kiawah Island Half Marathon
Oops, I missed this one when it was new. Good news on the PR; hope the foot is shaping up very soon. I have a suspicion that we haven't yet seen all of the benefits of those mega mileage periods earlier in the year.
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