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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
51F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 44m 57s
Overall Rank = 170/1339
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/81
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:15, got daughter up, took quick wake up shower, packed stuff, ate a bowl of sugar frosted flakes, headed out to Lawrence. Left the house a little later than I wanted do but made it to Lawrence by 7:00. Was going to park in the garage right near the start line but roads were already closed off. Found a good parking spot 200 yards away so worked out just fine.
Event warmup:

Warmup consisted of waiting in the porta-potty line for 25 minutes. Would have been nice to have a couple more of those. Slipped into the crowed between the bars just a few minutes before the race start.
  • 1h 44m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile

Having ridden 80 miles the day before, this race was shaping up to be a training run more than anything.

My thought at start time was that I'd run 8 to 8.5 minute miles and see how I felt. I actually hung with the 1:40 pace group for the first few miles thinking that was probably a little too quick even though I wasn't feeling bad at the time. They eventually picked up the pace and a gladly let them go. After that I just settled into a confortable pace. Eventually the 1:45pace group caught up with me, probably around mile 5 or 6. Some short time after that I passed them at a water station. We got near the campus area and there was a nice long climb and I could hear the 1:45 pacer telling the group to relax and keep a steady pace up the hill and not to push too hard.

For some reason I decided to push a little bit up the hill and I passed a few people on the way up. Then there was a descent which I focused on breathing, making sure I got plenty of oxygen into my lungs. One more long climb after that. On the flat portion before the climb was behind this guy wearing an IM CdA tri suit. He started to pull away a little but once we started the climb I closed the gap and passed him about half way up.

Once I crested the climb I knew there was less than 3 miles to go. It was a nice downhill after that, and downhill most the way to the finish. I kicked it in a little just to make sure I stayed ahead of the 1:45 pace group. As I crossed the finish line I saw my daughter there patiently waiting for her dad that disappeared for nearly two hours.

Mile Splits

1 7:56
2 8:13
3 8:09
4 7:39
5 7:44
6 7:46
7 7:37
8 7:58
9 8:18
10 7:58
11 7:50
12 7:36
13 7:18

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think my hydration was spot on, took a gu around mile 6 or so, took gatorade at 2 stations, water at another. I actually felt pretty good those last 3 miles, much better than I expected after the long bike ride the day before. I could have pushed the pace actually but since a PR was not going to happen, I figured I'd keep this run closer to training pace than race pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Got Chocolate Milk, half a banana and a chicken sandwhich. Walked to the car with my daughter, changed shirts then walked back to the finish area to meet up with Jon, Pete and Patrick.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Oh I don't know, perhaps the 80 miles on the bike the day before....

Event comments:

From my perspetive this was a good race. I heard others say things about traffic control in the neighborhoods, i.e. cars almost backing into runners, drivers cussing at runners etc. I also heard a comment about not having enough volumteers at the aid stations, or having 'kids" at eh aid stations. I didn't have an issues in those areas but maybe where there were bigger packs of runners it was.

Overall I thought the volunteers did a great job. There were lots of them out there, especially in the neighborhood sections blocking off traffic.

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Last updated: 2013-03-06 12:00 AM
01:44:57 | 13.1 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/81
Overall: 170/1339
Performance: Good
Course: Starts on some main roads through Lawrence, goes on a m/u trail for a spell, then goes through the KU campus, back through some neighorhoods. First half is pretty flat, a couple good hills going through the campus area.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-04-21 10:51 PM

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Overland Park, KS
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2013-04-22 6:44 AM
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Central Kansas
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Great job. Look at those splits in the last few miles. And that course profile. I am always struck by how hilly Kansas is in the east.
2013-04-22 1:08 PM
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Wow, Reece, nice job!!  You are such a speedster, IMO, and on bike-tired legs to boot.  Keep up the good work!
2013-04-22 2:28 PM
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Nice race!!!
2013-04-22 4:47 PM
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Look at you! I felt like I had litereally JUST read a HM RR from you. Why? Because I JUST had read one! What are you going all marathon maniac on us? Smile

Great job. And REALLY great job considering an 80 miler the day before. How is the PF? Must be all clear now ...

2013-04-22 5:26 PM
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Nice job.

I had a similar experience a couple years ago doing an Oly distance tri the day after riding 80+ miles.  Did much better than I expected.  The "What limited your ability to perform faster" answer was the exact same as mine...LOL.

2013-04-22 5:36 PM
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Nice race, especially after 80 miles on the bike. Gotta love Frosted Flakes for pre-race fueling.
2013-04-22 11:49 PM
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Overland Park, KS
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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Felicia: Yes there are a few little climbs out here.  One year I'll have to try the Hospital Hill Half, it's at least 100 feet more climbing than this one.

Kim:  Hah, we talk about hills here in Kansas, and you just did Robie Creek, Yikes!  Nice job on that one :P

Adrienne:  I signed up for a 3 race series so I've got one more.  They total your time for all 3 HM's and have awards for that.  Also a 4th medal for doing all 3 and a belt buckle if you repeat the following year.  I did it to keep my run game on track.  My PF has been "dormant" but a friend of mine gave me some new Saucony Guide 6's but they were 2X Wides.  I put an insert in them to make them a little more snug than ran 4-5 miles.  Near the end I could feel my PF lingering a bit so I ran this HM in my Adrenalines and felt just fine afterwards.  Adrenalines to stay until further notice..


Jason:  I had no idea how I'd do, I thought maybe I'd tank and have to death march my way in but it worked out well just as you experienced.

Kim (Carroll):  Yes, THEY'RE GREAT!


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