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P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Competitor Group
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 53m 44s
Overall Rank = 2438/15663
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 261/974
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5 AM, slowly got ready along with my wife who was also doing the half and finally left the house around 5:50AM. Ate some oatmeal on the way up to the start line. Parked behind the Chili's on Mill/University and walked to the start line. Dropped off my gear check bag and found a line of port-o-johns with only 1 person waiting...sweet! Took a gel about 45 min prior to the start and then took a 2nd as I was getting into my corral. Said goodbye to my wife who was in corral 10 (I was in 5) and got ready to go.
Event warmup:

No real warm up. Did stretch a bit in the corral before the start.
  • 1h 53m 34s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 40s  min/mile

I ran this hard, thinking I would stay strong for the first 9-10 miles and then fade, but that didn't happen. I took a gel every 30 minutes, kept my feet turning over and told myself I could keep it up. I felt like I paced myself very well the whole time. Never stopped, just grabbed water/gatorade at the aid stations and didn't get caught up in who might have been passing me. This was another big event for Team Intel that had 151 participants between the full and half marathon and I ended up running nearby some of my coworkers and one girl and I went back and forth from about mile 5 toward the end, but on Rio Salado, I decided I needed to pass her up and I dropped the hammer on her and ended up beating her by just a few seconds.

Mile 1 8:34.6
Mile 2 8:29.6
Mile 3 8:40.9
Mile 4 8:46.3
Mile 5 8:45.1
Mile 6 8:38.3
Mile 7 8:39.7
Mile 8 8:44.3
Mile 9 8:56.2
Mile 10 8:42.7
Mile 11 8:26.8
Mile 12 8:43.8
Mile 13 8:33.4
Mile 14 :51.9
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push it a bit harder in the last couple of miles. I felt great when I finished and my last mile was almost my fastest of the whole race.
Post race
Warm down:

Just kept moving around until my wife finished. She hadn't had much time to train since our disasterous Las Vegas run, but she still finished 7 minutes faster than vegas and this was the first time she had run a half by herself, so that was cool that she did so well by herself.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more aerobic improvement.

Event comments:

1621 out of 6158 (men)

Very well run race, soooooo much better than Vegas. Time to recover and get ready for Lost Dutchman!

Garmin Data:

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Last updated: 2011-09-01 12:00 AM
01:53:34 | 13.1 miles | 08m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 261/974
Overall: 2438/15663
Performance: Good
Course: Counter-clockwise loop from Tempe, up to Scottsdale and then back South to Tempe. Beautiful much better than last year's course.
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-01-17 11:55 PM

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