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Colonial Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
W&M Special Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 42m 27s
Overall Rank = 168/757
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 19/56
Pre-race routine:

Western Australia carb load day before race.
Wheaties Fuel, coffee and OJ for breakfast
pick up Joe and drive to site
pick up race bib and potty break

Event warmup:

10 min easy jog in field by parking lot
walking lunges
2x100 yd strides
100 yd - butt kicks w/ strides
100 yd - high knees w/ strides
potty break, easy 3' jog to start
  • 1h 42m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile

Started out slower than planned due to congestion, first mile 8:24, worried at first, then just laid back and figured plenty of time to make it up. Pushed little by little trying to get pace average to 8 min miles. Finally made it btw miles 6-7, almost halfway and heart rate monitor only beeped a couple of times going up a couple hills. I forgot to change alert to give me more HR flexibility, but I wasn't really sure where to pace it for HR. Took a Roctane at 36'. Feeling good overall at halfway, took another Roctane at 1:15. Shoe lace untied, stopped to retie. Water stops were sparse, but I felt ok since I was fully hydrated. Left hamstring tightened up from halfway through to the end, but never became an issue. Continued to pick up pace slowly each mile. I didn't expect to peel off another 15" per mile on my overall average, but I just kept feeling good and waiting for mile 10 (The Line). Continued to pick off racers for back half of race, I think I was passed by one guy that I remember, who I tried to keep up with but he kept pulling away slowly little by little until the last mile or so I couldn't see him anymore and just stayed focused in my own zone. I planned to pick up pace again for last 5k and my right hip was in pain. "Training is about learning to hurt" - Chrissie Wellington, as are pre-races. I picked off 3 more runners last half mile. I couldn't catch the final person ahead me that was in my sights, but closed the race very strong and feeling great about my day.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, I met my best time goal. Start picking up pace earlier, and start more in front to miss traffic in this race again.
Post race
Warm down:

walk around, some stretching

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Only water stops, this year they had one gel stop near the end. Would have been nice to have more water stops, but I didn't really need it with the weather, perfect temps. Great early season race.

Last updated: 2011-11-07 12:00 AM
01:42:27 | 13.1 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/56
Overall: 168/757
Performance: Good
Course: out/back rolling w/paved trails mostly
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-02-27 9:22 PM

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Subject: Colonial Half Marathon

2012-03-07 4:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Colonial Half Marathon
Great job setting a PR!  Strong finish.  Starting slow is hard but it also can be beneficial. 
2012-03-27 9:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Colonial Half Marathon
Wow, this time is spectacular.  You've officially past into the realm of faster runner.  I guess there's a lot to be said for starting in control and picking up the pace.  Super race and amazing improvement since the start of the journey.
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