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Columbus, Ohio
United States
M3S Sports, LLC.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 36m 43s
Overall Rank = 236/8056
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 39/549
Pre-race routine:

This was another travel race for me so I rolled into Columbus Thursday night and crashed at my brother's place for the weekend. I wasn't sure happy my legs would be cramped up in car for 10 hours, but I did a decent amount of walking around the expo and downtown finding a brew pub to eat lunch at to try and keep them a little fresh.

Race morning went smoothly. Up and had a bagel then drove and found a parking spot near the finish line with plenty of time to spare to walk to the start
Event warmup:

None really, just a lot of walking around
  • 1h 36m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

So the goal for awhile has been to run under 1:30 so that's how I went out. They were cranking some Volbeat as the gun went off so it was easy to get pumped up and go out fast. I was up near the front and by a couple of guys who said they were running a similar pace. It didn't feel too hard the first few miles so I was pretty surprised to hit the 3 mile mark at 20:20. So far so good, but I decided to dial it back just a touch. Got to see the horseshoe around mile 5, which was really neat. I'm not a Buckeye fan, but still cool to see. Hit mile 6 at 41:40. Oops, didn't need to dial it back that much. At that point I decided holding 7's would be adequate, but that soon became a struggle. I watched my time slowly drop the next few miles and when the cop at an intersection stopped a bunch of us to let an ambulance and fire truck across I knew a PR was out the question. Still stopped to make sure it got across just in case it was transporting someone, unlike the few people continued to dart in front of it as it was turning. Once I got going again I tried to get back to pace but the legs just weren't cooperating with me. I could not get them to turn over for the life of me. The last couple of miles ticked by pretty slowly as I tried to finish best as I could. Eventually the finish line showed up and I was just happy to get across
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not go out so hard? I held 7:00 pace at Hollywood last month for 11 miles so I was surprised to start feeling fatigue at mile 7/8
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and found some food and scored some chocolate milk. Yum! I found my brother and his girlfriend and we hit up the post race concert so I could get my free beer. The band was playing some LMFAO covers so we didn't stick around too long.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could probably make all sorts of excuses here

Event comments:

This was a well run race, with plenty of volunteers and entertainment along a nice route through Columbus. Just a top notch effort. So while I am disappointed with my results, I have really nothing to complain about regarding the race itself and how it was run.

Last updated: 2012-02-09 12:00 AM
01:36:43 | 13.1 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 39/549
Overall: 236/8056
Performance: Below average
Course: Loop around Columbus
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 4

2012-05-08 9:10 PM

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Ames, IA
Subject: Capital City Half Marathon

2012-05-10 8:57 AM
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Subject: RE: Capital City Half Marathon
Some days you just don't have it. Great job on keepin' going!
2012-05-10 10:02 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Capital City Half Marathon
Pretty good effort, had to be a beast to get stopped for an ambulance when the legs were already announcing displeasure.  Great work!
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