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Fort Worth, Texas
United States
The Cowtown
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 17m 9s
Overall Rank = 3355/7020
Age Group = F 50-54
Age Group Rank = 74/255
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5 a.m. and Tammy, Connie and I had our coffee and breakfast... instant oatmeal for me, and just a little water. Last year I had to use the very first portapotty stop and I was determined to go before the race and not have to use it.
Event warmup:

Just the walk from the hotel to the race venue, about a mile.
Run
  • 2h 17m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile
Comments:

First 3 miles were great... felt like I was being carried along by all the runners around me, knew I was keeping a good pace, but it didn't feel TOO fast. Checked my HR now and then, it was in a good range for racing, and my legs were feeling like I could maintain my pace for the full distance. Took in a gel right before I went to my Corral, at mile 4 and then about mile 7.75, knowing I wanted it to get in my system before THE HILL! Started feeling a bit tired at mile 8, but got a little pep back after I ran the whole hill. Up on top, the wind was really strong in the face, but then we turned towards the finish and it wasn't an issue anymore. I checked my Garmin, and picked it up a bit as I approached the 13 mile mark, but I couldn't see the finish line, it seemed as if they had moved it further than it was last year, and sure enough, Garmie said 13.32 at the end. So I couldn't maintain that push through the finish, but did finish running. From about mile 9 on I could feel my left leg especially, and then both wanting to cramp, and even more so the last mile. Concentrated on running with my feet nice and loose and managed not to cramp up. All in all, this was a personal best race for me, by about 30 seconds and on a much more challenging course than my previous PR. I felt like I had a great race and that I went into it prepared.
What would you do differently?:

I probably should have hydrated better the day before the race, I think that came back to bite me in the late stages of the race with the cramping issues. I also opted NOT to take in a gel at mile 12, and in hindsight wish I had at about mile 11-11.5, I think it would have given me just enough energy to keep pushing right through the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Tammy met me right at the finish line, and had somehow missed Connie coming across so we didn't know where she was. So we went ahead to the food tent and got our snacks and our finisher's shirts and then met Connie outside. We sat down for just a little bit when both my feet finally cramped up, and after about 10-15 minutes did the nice slow walk back to the hotel, got some breakfast (thank god they were still serving!) and took it back to the room. That hot shower felt FABULOUS!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had a PR on a challenging course, and I'm not going to complain about my pace! Of COURSE I still want to break that 10:00/mile barrier and really had a goal of coming in under 2:15, but... I had a great race!

Event comments:

This was my 3rd Cowtown and I just love this race... love getting to go out of town and stay at a hotel with my running buds, love the whole atmosphere, and love having that goal to train for. My 3rd Cowtown, and my best one yet!




Last updated: 2011-11-18 12:00 AM
Running
02:17:09 | 13.1 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 74/255
Overall: 3355/7020
Performance: Good
Course: One loop course, with a few small hills, cobblestones through the Ft. Worth Stockyards and one loooooong hill at Mile 9.
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
Evaluation
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] 5

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2012-02-26 3:55 PM

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Tammy and I AFTER the finish... yeah, we couldn't stand up right away, LOL!

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Edited by hildekq 2012-02-26 4:19 PM


2012-02-26 5:40 PM
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Congrats!!  It was a fun race.
2012-02-26 6:39 PM
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Good race hildekq!!
2012-02-26 7:35 PM
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Congratulations - you are always so inspiring!!  Looks like your hard work paid off, so proud of you!
2012-02-27 4:31 AM
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Are you good or what?? Great effort.
2012-02-27 10:15 AM
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Congrats on a great race!


2012-02-27 11:57 AM
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Nice race!  
2012-02-27 12:11 PM
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Woohoo PR! Great job out there!!
2012-02-28 7:19 AM
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Congrats on a great race and a PR!!!!  Great job running the big hill.  My garmin said 13.37.
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