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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 20m 19s
Overall Rank = 1501/3223
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 190/315
Pre-race routine:

I spend the day before the race in Tucson at my daughter's soccer tournament. I managed to squeeze in a 2.5 mile treadmill run on Saturday morning before her games. After watching a couple of games, hitting lunch and playing in the pool with my kids at the hotel, I decided I needed to head home and get ready. Picked up some Olive Garden on the way home and ate that when I got back to Chandler. Got my gear all ready for the morning and prepped my breakfast/water/gels, etc. Got to bed around 10:30. With the family in Tucson, I was able to get great sleep and woke up just before 5 AM. Ate my oatmeal, drank some water on the drive up to the start line.
Event warmup:

I just kind of hung out with one of my neighbors that drove up to the start line with me. I kept warm until just before the start time. Checked my bag, hit the restroom and headed to the start line. They didn't do a wave start, so they just let everybody walk up the start line and go.
  • 4h 20m 19s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 56s  min/mile

I really wanted to hit 4 hours or just under it, but I was prepared to be happy with 4:10. I started out with the 4 hr pace group, but the pacer was banking time, so I decided early on to hang back. I still managed to hit the half way point at 1:59 and thought I was doing great. However, since the course was climbing gradually, I drove my HR to the high 160s way earlier than I should have. In training I felt I could probably maintain at least a 9:20 pace for a long time. As early as mile 16 though I walked an aid station, then another and another. As I was heading back out of Scottsdale I saw the 4:10 pace group on the other side of the road, gaining ground on me. By mile 20, the 4:10 group had caught me and I couldn't even hang with them. The last 10k was rough, but the last 5k was where I really lost some time. In the end, I finished just over 4:20 and I was okay with that. My official pace was sub-10 minute miles, so I ended up being happy over all.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start with the 4:10 pace group. If I had felt great with them, I could have dialed it up a bit at the end, but I wasn't prepared to run a 9:10 pace the whole way with the 4:00 pace group, especially since all my runs are basically pancake flat. I think I may have also over-done the water/gel.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed my water, medal, chocolate milk, and Jamba Juice and SAT DOWN. Took my shoes off and made sure I wasn't going to get sick. That soon passed and I downed my Jamba Juice which was probably the best possible post-run treat! After I had composed myself, I left the secure area, met up with friends that ran the half and grabbed my gear bag and picked up my Double Down medal. After that, walk to the light rail, rode to my car and headed home. Really could have used a massage!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really needed to focus on getting my long runs a little closer to my desired race pace and maybe push my shorter runs well beyond my race pace. I was targeting a 9:10 pace but my 20 mile run was a 10:08 pace. That's a big gap to reduce on race day. I realized this probably in the last week of training, but that was too late.

Event comments:

Only ran 20 miles once in my training. I started really focusing on running shortly after El Tour de Tucson. My half marathon in Vegas was a bit of a mess (ran a 2:03 with an avg HR of 184) so I decided to actually find a follow a training plan for once in my life. I actually followed it very closely, missing only two days. One 20 mile run turned into an 18 mile run, but otherwise I was very dedicated. My wife was super supportive of the training plan and that made all the difference.

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Last updated: 2012-09-06 12:00 AM
04:20:19 | 26.2 miles | 09m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 190/315
Overall: 1501/3223
Performance: Good
1: 8:47.4 2: 8:52.5 3: 8:52.4 4: 8:56.8 5: 9:01.3 6: 9:06.7 7: 9:10.0 8: 9:15.3 9: 9:08.6 10: 9:16.6 11: 9:18.5 12: 9:25.8 13: 9:02.2 14: 9:21.8 15: 9:36.1 16: 10:17.7 17: 10:22.3 18: 10:49.8 19: 10:53.6 20: 10:02.1 21: 10:07.9 22: 10:51.6 23: 11:08.7 24: 11:58.8 25: 11:32.6 26: 10:43.4 27: 2:19.0
Course: Downtown Phoenix, north and then east to Scottsdale, back south to Tempe. First 12.5 miles were slightly uphill and the rest was gradually downhill with a slight climb on VanBuren at mile 23.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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

2013-01-24 2:18 PM

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Subject: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon

2013-01-24 8:41 PM
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Subject: RE: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon
Every race is a great race Wade, regardless of time.  You learned a lot this time around by following a plan and managing your HR and studying pace.  I really think that is going to pay off more and more for you at every race you run.  Congrats!
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