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ORRRC Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Xenia, Ohio
United States
Ohio River Road Runners
Total Time = 1h 46m 31s
Overall Rank = 148/930
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 22/64
Pre-race routine:

It was a rough night because my son woke up with a fever and a really bad cough. I didn't get the best sleep in the world but I haven't slept in 22 months anyways. I woke up at 6:30, had a pancake, and then got on the road with Andy.
Event warmup:

Andy and I jogged to an Arby's from the starting point because the one-seater bathroom at the YMCA wasn't gonna cut it for 1500 people. We made it back to the start line with about 5 minutes to spare.
  • 1h 46m 31s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 08s  min/mile

I started the race hoping to go sub 8 minute miles and to finish under 1:45. I was doing fine during the first half, and even around Mile 10 I thought I could maybe run it in, but I think the cold I had this past week just made it difficult. Usually I turn it up the last mile, but even with 1/2 mile left I just felt tired, worn out, and ready for the race to be over. I think I blew snot rockets the entire race.

But honestly, I'm fine with the 1:46:31. I beat my previous half marathon PR by almost 10 minutes (mainly because I haven't done a half since 2008, but hey it still counts!). It is now time to focus on this year's A race in September.
What would you do differently?:

I would try and be a little tougher mentally over those last 3 miles. When I realized I wasn't gonna make 1:45 I really let off the gas pedal that last mile. Tons of people passed me and I just couldn't do anything about it. I chose to coast instead of compete.
Post race
Warm down:

I sat down at the finish line to wait for Andy. I was actually a little too close to the finish line as a runner fighting to get in under 2 hours won that battle but lost the GI battle and almost hurled all over me. I also scarfed down 3 cookies and a banana and was well on my to getting those calories back into the black for the day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mainly my lack of toughness today, with a little bit of that lingering cold.

Event comments:

Can't really beat this race for the price. More pre-race bathrooms would be nice. Maybe I just wasn't looking the the right spot.

Last updated: 2013-04-07 12:00 AM
01:46:31 | 13.1 miles | 08m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/64
Overall: 148/930
Performance: Average
47:39 at Mile 6
Course: The first four miles were rolling hills then it was an out and back on the bike trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2013-04-07 8:52 PM

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