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Quad City Distance Classic - RunHalf Marathon

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Rock Island, Illinois
United States
Cornbelt Running Club
43F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 45m 50s
Overall Rank = 126/342
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 10/20
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:15 am, ate 1/4 cup of rolled oat cereal with almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and skim milk, 1/2 banana, one gel pack, two Advil, two Endurolytes and 8 ounces water. Whew, what a breakfast!
Event warmup:

One-mile easy jog 30 minutes before the start, and stretching.
  • 1h 45m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

Ran a perfect race strategy-wise, much like last year's plan. First 5 miles in HR Z1, next 5 miles in Z2 and last 3.1 miles all out. Felt in top shape, but I guess my slower run time, as evidenced in last week's du, was no fluke. This left hamstring/booty pain is killing my run times. I was about 12 minutes slower than last year, and I'm stronger this year overall. The run is my thing, so this is very frustrating. To make matters worse, I felt close to bonking after mile 9. At mile 10, when this race becomes a 5K, my HR was actually dropping and so was my pace, which meant I just couldn't generate the power I needed. I think dragging the left leg, so to speak, affected everything, including glycogen levels.
What would you do differently?:

I am going in for x-rays this next week and then hopefully will start treatment, probably physical therapy. That worked wonders on my IT band last year.
Post race
Warm down:

Gentle stretching, then ate half an orange, a PB and honey sandwich and tw chocolate chip cookies, which really helped the soul.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Left hamstring/piriformis muscle.

Event comments:

Really need to get the leg repaired. If I have to skip my two sprints to get/stay healthy for my two HIMs this year, I have no problem doing that.

Last updated: 2006-05-14 12:00 AM
01:45:55 | 13.1 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/342
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly flattish, with two steep hills and a couple of rollers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-05-14 3:37 PM

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Subject: Quad City Distance Classic

2006-05-14 8:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Quad City Distance Classic
I'm sorry for your frustration...I hope the issues with your booty get resolved......I think you just like for us to all keep talking about your booty.   I'm sure it's a phase and everything will loosen up and work itself out.  Mmmmm.......honey.

Edited by thegoddess 2006-05-14 8:58 PM
2006-05-14 10:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Quad City Distance Classic

Sorry the race didn't go exactly like you had hoped.  But congrats on still running a good one.  The fact that it's due to an injury and not your fitness is hopefully encouraging.  Get the left leg fixed and you'll be flying.  I was up around Pella this weekend visiting family.  Man!  It was cold.  About 41 on my morning run. 

Good luck with the x-rays and hope they get the problem figured out...

2006-05-16 5:30 PM
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Ach- Sorry your race didn't go as planned, but RELIEVED to hear you are going to DO SOMETHING about it now!!! The few days of light stuff will be good too. Y'know 1;45 is NOT a bad time tho!!!be watching to see how things shake out...
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