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Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Chesapeake, Virginia
United States
Mettle Events
52F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 55m 53s
Overall Rank = 242/771
Age Group = 35 - 39
Age Group Rank = 27/57
Pre-race routine:

Normal morning... breakfast, time... everything was just like a normal day. Except for the 50 min drive to the event.
Event warmup:

I never really warm up, unless standing in line for the port 'o john is warming up.
  • 1h 55m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile

First the stats:
Overall finish place was 242, your age group finish place was 27.
3M time was 24:02.33 for a pace of 8:01 per mile
6M time was 49:06.15 -- split time 25:03.82 for a pace of 8:21 per mile
10M time was 1:26:06.17 -- split time 28:00.14 for a pace of 9:20 per mile
Finish time was 1:55:53.48 -- split time 29:47.31 for a pace of 9:36 per mile

Stats from Garmin: AHR MHR
1 08m 02s /mile 165 172
2 07m 59s /mile 166 171
3 08m 02s /mile 169 172
4 08m 25s /mile 166 172
5 08m 13s /mile 170 173
6 08m 18s /mile 172 175
7 08m 42s /mile 171 175
8 09m 10s /mile 170 176
9 09m 19s /mile 168 176
10 09m 39s /mile 167 176
11 09m 11s /mile 171 175
12 09m 40s /mile 170 177
13 10m 02s /mile 167 177

Okay, so what we can all learn here is this:
1) DO NOT throw caution to the wind and think "it's a easy flat course (6ft total elevation gain!)"
2) DO NOT forget where you came from "physically" and set yourself a 10K PR in a half marathon
3) Pick a realistic pace that you can carry thru the ENTIRE race


LOL!! I was feeling good thru mile 6 but as I made the turn around and looked at my time, deep down I knew at that point, I was in trouble. What I saw was a 10K PR time at the 6.55 mile marker, cool if I didn't have another 6.55 miles to go!

At the 7M water station I walked for a few seconds to gather my wits and take a body status check.
I decided to to a realistic approach at completing - I switched to run/walk on the mile markers. I chose to slow my pace down by almost a full minute and walk for 30 seconds every mile and thru the aid stations. Slam another gel and lets roll...

Everything goes fairly well for the next 3 miles... walk thru the water station at mile 10, take another gel and get back after it, make it about another half mile and the beating I gave myself the first half all catches up at once (I think I may have left out too fast as well, now looking at my 11M split).

So now I feel like crap, mentally and physically. Crunching numbers and realize the pace I need to sustain to PR and start laughing out loud - the guy next to me looking at me like "WTH is wrong with this guy!"
Reality sets in and so does common sense... Suck it up and get moving... I throttle back to a sustainable pace and coast in thru the finish.

End on a positive note: Nutrition - the only thing I did right.
What would you do differently?:

Back to my list:
NOT do #1 & #2 and definitely DO #3!
I SHOULD have picked a 8:30 pace for the first 6M and at the turn around take stock and possibly turn it up some from there or maintain that pace.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around event some and stretched out my sore tired legs... Then walked back out on the course to run my wife in, about another two miles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor choices in pacing.

Event comments:

Post race food: Dominos Pizza? Greasy pizza... Really? I had some but it was rough going down...
No fruit at all, I was really wanting a banana or oranges, even a bagel.

Last updated: 2012-02-28 12:00 AM
01:55:53 | 13.1 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/57
Overall: 242/771
Performance: Below average
Course: Pancake flat out and back. Three water stations (catching them both ways - so really 6 total).
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2012-04-14 2:28 PM

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Yorktown, VA & Langley AFB
Subject: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

2012-04-14 4:37 PM
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Don't beat yourself up about it! You did great!!! Your only problem was going out too hard and having it catch you up later, at least you gave it a go!

We know you're super competitive and your going to push yourself hard so next time use the McMillan calculator to establish your planned race pace then STICK TO IT! If you feel good after 16km you can go hard and get your PB! Well done, that's a good time and good experience.

2012-04-14 7:45 PM
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NW Georgia
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And the moral is ... don't look at your time!  Congrats again on the race.
2012-04-15 11:22 AM
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Silverton, Oregon
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Ha! Agree with David ^^^^^... I wonder how much of it was mental. Looking at the time you thought "I can't possibly hold this pace", so you couldn't. I know for me, a lot of it is what I believe I can do. Not saying that is necessarily what happened, but something to consider.  Either way great job pulling it through and still a very respectable HM pace!  Congrats!!!
2012-04-15 11:30 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

I have run that course.  Great job! 

It was beastly hot the time I did it......Yep, hard to mentally keep the pace up when you "think" the physical body won't do it....



2012-04-15 4:20 PM
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Brevard, North Carolina
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What the ^^^^Davids said ^^^^

I do understand what you were feeling and thinking.  I haven't had a race yet where I felt brave enough to look at my watch.  I knew if I looked and saw a slow pace, there wasn't going to be anything I could do to move any faster!  LOL

I think you did great, you made adjustments, you finished, and you learned some lessons.  AND you ran a couple extra miles to escort your wife--good on you!

2012-04-16 6:08 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Seems to me you picked up some valuable lessons in this race.  That's going to take you very far the next time around. Shake it off and be proud of finishing another HM!

2012-04-16 7:17 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Good race, don't sweat it, 10k pr is a 10k pr.  The rest is a learning experience.

2012-04-16 11:33 AM
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Good job finishing what you started even if you went out too hard.  Sounds like you learned a lot and that always makes for a good race.
2012-04-16 3:45 PM
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Triathlete Nation ~ Texas!
Subject: RE: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon
Still a very solid race even with your pacing problems. It is very easy to feel good & go out too fast. Learn, build, improve &I crush the next one. Great job!!!

Edited by JustWood 2012-04-16 3:46 PM
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