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13.1 Los Angeles - RunHalf Marathon

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Los Angeles, California
United States
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group
56F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 54m 24s
Overall Rank = 712/2829
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 83/189
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am. Ate Clif Bar, banana, and apple sauce. Drank small whey protein drink. Got to race site at 6:10am. Had to take a dump before warming up. ^_^
Event warmup:

Warmed up with dynamic movements routine, walked and jogged for about 5 minutes before seeding myself.
  • 1h 54m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Blister pain in left foot at mile 8, then on right foot at mile 10. Kept my pace strong at ^Z3 154bpm that whole distance. I thought that was 8:36/mile. Ate my gels at mile 5 and 10. I brought on the pain for a 5K pace as I passed the 10mile marker and held sub-LT (158bpm) but when I got passed 12 miles (160bpm LT) the blister pain was so bad I had to hold back and bring my HR down to 155. Held that until 400m left and I blasted through passing 5 racers along the way. HR got up to 176! Woot!

Overall, I'm pretty happy about my performance. This one racer asked me to pace him at the beginning of the race and I did but he kept on talking to me! I kinda wish he didn't so I can focus more on my race.
What would you do differently?:

Tell the next racer who asks me to pace him that it's fine but let's keep the talking to a minimum. Gotta figure out a way to resolve my blister problems. I've been getting them in all my races so far except the sprint triathlon 5Ks. I'm thinking getting size 10 instead of 10.5. My regular shoe size is 9.5 and I wear arch supports in those.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for 10 minutes, took pictures, stretched, and ate food. Food trucks were mean and did not let me use my food ticket to get a breakfast burrito. BOOOO!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Blisters and racer who kept talking to me.

Event comments:

Great race! I'm gonna race again next year. =)

Last updated: 2011-09-02 12:00 AM
01:54:24 | 13.1 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 83/189
Overall: 712/2829
Performance: Good
Planned on holding Mid Z3 150-152bpm 1st 5 miles. Felt fine at 154bpm, held to 10. Last 5K at sub-LT (158bpm). 160bpm past mile 11. Mile 12 blisters slowed me down to ^Z3 (155bpm) until last 400m sprint (176bpm). Overall race RPE6.
Course: Mostly flat, very easy ascents. Venice Boardwalk, inland to Marina Del Rey, bike path then across bridge, pass treatment plant (yuck), finish at Playa Del Rey.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2012-01-15 6:24 PM

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