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Detroit, Michigan
United States
Detroit Free Press Marathon
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 45m 4s
Overall Rank = 531/9345
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 22/1001
Pre-race routine:

Ate my oatmeal in the car, drank water.
Event warmup:

Lightly jogged the 3/4 mile from where we parked to the race start.
  • 1h 45m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile

The first several miles were good as I thought I may just be able to pull off a PR from my fastest 7:47 pace. Then as I got about half way, I slowed a little and hoped to just break an 8 minute pace. By the final third of the race, my low back was hurting and my hip flexors felt like they were going to give out. I had a feeling I wouldn't break 1:45 but did my absolute best to finish as strong as possible.
What would you do differently?:

I don't think I could've done much differently. With all the minor overuse injuries, my kinetic chain is just not functioning 100%. I did PR for this particular course but overall I was slightly disappointed.
Post race
Warm down:

Tried to hustle back to the car, now slightly damp and freezing. Wished we hadn't parked almost a mile away!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injuries, head congestion.

Last updated: 2012-10-19 12:00 AM
01:45:04 | 13.1 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/1001
Overall: 531/9345
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly flat, a few inclines.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-10-22 10:36 AM

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Livonia, MI
Subject: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon

2012-10-22 1:04 PM
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ann arbor, michigan
Subject: RE: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon
Well done. I get the impression that running up over that huge bridge and then coming back in the heat and humidity of the tunnel makes the International Half a little bit more of a beast. Way to hang in there and turn in a great time.

Yes, the US-only half was very enjoyable. Essentially a flat 13.1 miles and perfect weather yesterday.

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