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Rochester, New York
United States
Arthritis Foundation
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 48m 15s
Overall Rank = 188/603
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 22/51
Pre-race routine:

Spent Friday and all day Saturday at work meetings, its an annual event that ends with a dinner Saturday night. Took it easy for the most part which helped. Got up an hour or so before I had to leave to wake up and get some breakfast. I have been adding in Ensure to my pre race breakfast of oatmeal and a banana to try and better fuel for the longer events and today was the first race where I did that. I wasnt worried about having enough, but wanted more to see how it would settle for IMFL next month.

Drove up to the race, and walked over to the porto potties for one more stop and dropped off the dry clothes bag.
Event warmup:

It is about a half mile from the parking to the start so other than that, nothing much.
Run
  • 3h 48m 15s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile
Comments:

I lined up with the 3:45 pace group as that is where I hoped to finish. This race was a last minute add in and the goal was to test the fitness, but not push so hard that recovery would be extended. I figured if I at least ran with the pace group I would keep the early miles that do have a slight down hill in check. The nutrition plan was to sip the 10 oz of IM Perform I had with me, take a Hammer Gel every 5 or 6 miles, and add in water, electrolytes drink and gatorade as needed.

The miles clicked by one after the other. The weather was perfect, cool temps, little sun and no rain. I enjoyed the encouragement from the spectators going out towards Fairport. Most intersections were heavy with people tracking friends and family and their enthusiasm helped a lot.

The relay exchanges were also a source of energy as they were all cheering loudly and the fresh runners would keep me motivated to push. About mile 8 or 9 I started looking for a porto potty, but didn't find one until mile 17. At this point I was ahead of the 3:45 pace group and probably about a 3:42 or 3:43 pace. Feeling mostly good. I did lose about a minute stopping but felt a lot better when I did. As I came out the 3:45 pacer went by and I latched on hoping to follow them home to the finish.

Unfortunately with about 3 miles to go the quads and the bottom of my feet started to mutiny and I fell behind. It wasn't a huge surprise as I haven't been training for the marathon and so I haven't had a lot of long runs and none above 17 miles.

With a little more than a mile when the soreness was getting to me a younger runner came up behind me. We started chatting and when we got to a short but somewhat steep hill (it could have been 1% at this point) and he starts chanting "twinkle toes, twinkle toes" I about busted a gut laughing. I never really looked over to see him but it turns out when we get almost to the finish when my friend and his mother jumps out that he is my friend Becky's son whom I had met at Tinman. Glad he was along to help take the focus off the soreness at the end.

The goal today was to get some quality miles in, test nutrition and stay consistent. Other than the last 3 miles (and mile 17 pee break) I accomplished what I set out to do.

Here are the splits:


Lap Data



Lap

Time

Distance

Pace/Speed

AHR

MHR



1

08m 33s

1.00 miles

08m 33s /mile

140

149



2

08m 30s

1.00 miles

08m 30s /mile

139

145



3

08m 20s

1.00 miles

08m 20s /mile

138

141



4

08m 23s

1.00 miles

08m 23s /mile

139

145



5

08m 10s

1.00 miles

08m 10s /mile

139

144



6

08m 27s

1.00 miles

08m 27s /mile

141

148



7

08m 19s

1.00 miles

08m 19s /mile

141

148



8

08m 19s

1.00 miles

08m 19s /mile

140

147



9

08m 20s

1.00 miles

08m 20s /mile

140

144



10

08m 32s

1.00 miles

08m 32s /mile

142

149



11

08m 24s

1.00 miles

08m 24s /mile

140

143



12

08m 18s

1.00 miles

08m 18s /mile

141

144



13

08m 26s

1.00 miles

08m 26s /mile

139

142



14

08m 36s

1.00 miles

08m 36s /mile

139

142



15

08m 22s

1.00 miles

08m 22s /mile

141

144



16

08m 35s

1.00 miles

08m 35s /mile

142

146



17

08m 33s

1.00 miles

08m 33s /mile

144

150



18

09m 28s

1.00 miles

09m 28s /mile

143

149



19

08m 48s

1.00 miles

08m 48s /mile

145

149



20

08m 58s

1.00 miles

08m 58s /mile

142

144



21

08m 24s

1.00 miles

08m 24s /mile

147

151



22

08m 34s

1.00 miles

08m 34s /mile

148

150



23

08m 54s

1.00 miles

08m 54s /mile

149

152



24

09m 18s

1.00 miles

09m 18s /mile

144

150



25

09m 54s

1.00 miles

09m 54s /mile

138

143



26

09m 30s

1.00 miles

09m 30s /mile

140

144



27

03m 20s

0.39 miles

08m 31s /mile

145

155

What would you do differently?:

Nothing!
I would like to think that even though I lost about 3 minutes in the last 3 miles and didn't hit 3:45, it is still about a 15 minute PR from the 4:02 I ran at Disney in 2010.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a chocolate milk and some bad pizza and headed home. I had to meet Connie and some of the folks in for the weekend meeting for lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing to add here, this has been a great year for my running. Considering I am 49 and still setting PR's.

Event comments:

Yellow Jacket does a great job and this is a nice course. Someday I woul d like to do this race and train specifically for it.




Last updated: 2013-09-22 12:00 AM
Running
03:48:15 | 26.2 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/51
Overall: 188/603
Performance: Good
Course: Relatively flat loop out to Fairport on the road and back on the canal path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Copying and pasting the splits didn't work and I cant seem to get back to the report to edit it out!

Edited by kenj 2013-09-24 11:01 AM


2013-09-25 4:07 PM
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Wow, for a train through race test of fitness you really killed this!  Awesome PR!
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