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Nashua, New Hampshire
United States
28F / -2C
Total Time = 1h 23m 30s
Overall Rank = 3/386
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 2/37
Pre-race routine:

Up and out the door around 6:45 for the 30 minute drive up Rt 3 to Nashua.
Event warmup:

Got my bib, and did a 1.25 mile warmup, doing a few strides at race pace.
  • 1h 23m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 22s  min/mile

I had been scheduled to run the NYC Marathon three weeks ago, and when that got canceled I opted for the Manchester City Marathon. That marathon was a hilly course, where I went 3:04. In the three weeks since Manchester I've been running about 32 miles on 4-5 runs, with one tempo run of 6 miles. Everything else has been easy pace or recovery pace.

I didn't really know how this race would go, but I thought I might have a chance of being around 1:22. However, I think the cumulative fatigue from the marathon three weeks ago and a long season led me to a slower finishing time.

This course was mostly on dirt running trails, so not a real fast course to begin with. It was a course comprised of two five mile loops and a little before and after each loop.

For the first 6-7 miles I was holding around a 6:15 pace, and felt pretty solid when the second loop began around the 7.5 mile mark. I had been running with three or four other runners for the first half, but they dropped off the pace on the second loop, so I was pretty much on my own. The two guys ahead of me were a bit too far to catch, so I tried to remain pretty steady.

I actually felt pretty good on the second loop, but my HR began to drop a bit and my legs just didn't have that snap to them. My pace dropped into the 6:25 range for the second lap, with mile 12 (with a decent hill) coming in at just over 6:30.

I knew 1:22 wasn't going to happen, but I pushed hard to the line, fighting the 15-20 mph headwind in the final homestretch go get a 31 second PR.
What would you do differently?:

Not much could have made me faster (other than not running a marathon three weeks ago!)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and talked to the two guys that finished ahead of me. Got some food, then headed home. It was freezing - low 30's at the race finish and pretty strong winds. My sweat made me shiver, and I didn't even stick around to see if I had received a prize - oh well.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cumulative fatigue from the marathon three weeks ago and a long season.

Event comments:

In my last four half marathons I've set PR's of 30-35 seconds each time. At that rate, it will take me about seven more half's to get to 1:20! I hope it will come sooner than that, though!

Last updated: 2012-11-25 12:00 AM
01:23:30 | 13.1 miles | 06m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/37
Overall: 3/386
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 174 Max HR: 180
Course: Mostly dirt trails through a park in Nashua. Two big loops with a few hills during each loop.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2012-11-25 11:45 AM

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Bedford, MA
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2012-11-25 3:46 PM
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Smokin fast!  Nice job Nate.
2012-11-25 6:46 PM
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Bedford, NH
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Yeah buddy!  Great work!!!
2012-11-25 9:30 PM
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University Park, MD
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Good work on the new PR!

Getting faster all the time. 1:22 next time.

2012-11-26 8:56 AM
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Great job Nate.  I spoke to you just before the start, I was shooting to go sub 1:30 but ended up at 1:31:32.   The last tenth of a mile I think was a bit long.     


You have what it takes to go sub 1:20.  That course was not an easy one to do it on.  The constant slipping on the trails made for some tough footing at times.  


Good luck!!

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