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Kennesaw, Georgia
United States
Locomotive Race Series
25F / -4C
Total Time = 2h 47m 53s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

I've been having stomach issues all week, so I hedged my bet and only had a diet green tea before the race. Admittedly poor fueling, but I didn't want to risk issues a mile into the race.
Event warmup:

Picked up my race packet and sat in the truck until 5 minutes before race time. My truck said 28 degrees, the race director said 25; I'm just going with "it was cold!"

I went with running tights and a black polypropylene long-sleeved shirt under a fleece vest which turned out to be perfect.
  • 2h 47m 53s
  • 13.27 miles
  • 12m 39s  min/mile

Started off faster than I wanted to, especially given that I hadn't warmed up at all pre-race. But I felt good and figured I would dial it back after the first walk break. I was finally successful at slowing my pace around the third mile marker. Fresh legs felt good.

My glasses started fogging up around mile four and I fought with them the rest of the course; at times having to remove them just to see the road. Need to get this issue fixed, or just ditch the shades for my regular glasses and HTFU on the glare.

My legs gave out somewhere during the tenth mile and the last 5K was a bit of a struggle. I'm not sure if this was due more to my fast start or the two big hills in miles ten and eleven leading to the uphill finish.

What would you do differently?:

Find some anti-fog for my sunglasses or just stick to my regular ones. Start slower like I originally planned.
Post race
Warm down:

Tried Swiftwick compression socks for the first time today and really liked them. Very little soreness in my calves and my quads felt pretty good as well. Stretched for about 10-15 minutes before walking around and checking out the booths. Banana cream muscle milk is like drinking banana pudding. Good stuff! Ice bath and compression tights when I got home. My legs are a little tight, but nothing like they were in November after my last HM.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Starting to wonder about so much running in Z2 during training. Obviously, I want to avoid injury, but I am not sure it's not working against me when I try to run faster on race day. On the other hand, I don't think I am putting in enough distance to expect much more from a HM right now. Either way, today was a good reference for what I need to accomplish over the next eight and a half months.

Last updated: 2013-01-01 12:00 AM
02:47:53 | 13.27 miles | 12m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR 163 My Garmin had the total distance at 13.27 so that's what I'm going with.
Course: There was a hilly section at the beginning which led to some hills in the middle, followed by bigger hills toward the end. Just damn!
Keeping cool Drinking
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2013-02-17 5:04 PM

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NW Georgia
Subject: Locomotive Half Marathon

2013-02-17 5:20 PM
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Good job. Yeah, I don't know. You're not training for a half marathin in November. Focus on shedding some pounds now (and then keeping them off) and you'll see an increase in speed at this distance as you ramp up for Florida. Now I'm off for a daiquiri and a fried oyster poboy down here in new Orleans. See ya soon.
2013-02-18 5:29 PM
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Sendai, Japan
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Congrats on the race David!   If you think you have your Z2 is accurate, stick with it and be patient.  From my experience, the consistency you get out of running in Z2 will be worth it in the long run, i.e., getting injured by running faster than your body is ready for leads to longer layoffs and less forward progress.  
2013-02-18 8:44 PM
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Frisco, TX
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Nice job!  Half marathon is long way to run no matter what!  Keep up the work and it will all come together at the end!

2013-02-18 9:27 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Nice job David!  In order to give yourself more punch at the 5K mark, I suggest something more than diet green tea!  Good Lord, I couldn't do a 10K on that alone.  Skip the diet version too.  Sometimes that fake sugar will create havoc on the gut.  Stick with it and speed will follow.

2013-02-19 12:03 PM
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Way to push through David and get it done! Congratulations!!

2013-02-19 7:03 PM
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Brevard, North Carolina
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Nice job David, keep your eye on the prize, IMFL.  Speed is not really your friend at this point.
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