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Cuyahoga Hts., Ohio
United States
Ohio Canal Corridor
59F / 15C
Total Time = 1h 41m 48s
Overall Rank = 80/625
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/63
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at oh dark thirty, had some coffee, a banana, a blueberry yogurt. Made sure I had all my stuff together, then headed out the door.
Event warmup:

Jogged around briefly for about 3 minutes, then wandered and found a fellow Team RWB runner (Kristen), introduced myself, and chatted for a bit until it was time to line up for the start. It was both of our first events with Team RWB.
  • 1h 41m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 46s  min/mile

I started off a few rows back from the front and just decided to see what kind of pace felt good. The first half mile was mostly downhill, so I just rolled with it. I felt pretty good for the first 4-5 miles, but around mile 5 I started to notice the legs hating me. From then until about mile 9 was a slog. I was burping Gatorade that I took at the second water station, in fact, it seemed that I got uncomfortable belches after almost every aid station. Around mile 9 I started to feel better - HR was down and legs felt oddly good, and at mile 11 I thought that I *might* have a shot at my stretch goal of going sub-1:40:00. I faded a bit in mile 13, so I missed that goal, but I still had a PR by more than 10 minutes, so I'm loving it!

What would you do differently?:

Train better before hand :-)
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal, some water and some Gatorade, then walked around a bit and hung out to cheer on Kristen at the finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of consistent, or recent, training. I haven't done anything since my HIM three weeks ago, and I didn't do much running in the two to three weeks just prior to it, either.

Event comments:

Nice event, beautiful course, proceeds go to a great cause. GREAT volunteer turnout. Tons of aid stations.

Last updated: 2013-02-06 12:00 AM
01:41:48 | 13.1 miles | 07m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/63
Overall: 80/625
Performance: Good
1 6:45.0 6:45 2 7:03.3 7:03 3 7:13.0 7:13 4 7:39.2 7:39 5 7:31.1 7:31 6 7:38.3 7:38 7 7:42.5 7:42 8 7:55.0 7:55 9 8:21.7 8:22 10 8:26.0 8:26 11 8:11.3 8:11 12 7:57.2 7:57 13 8:19.8 8:20 14 1:32.8 8:30
Course: A convoluted double out-and-back with an inner loop. Mostly pancake-flat with a couple of hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2013-04-07 1:04 PM

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