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Arlington, Virginia
United States
64F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 41m 9s
Overall Rank = 2386/23515
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 283/1628
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at the hotel.
Took a shower.
Ate pop-tarts waiting in line for the shuttle.
Drank a coffee and Gatorade between shuttle and start.
Event warmup:

It was cold at the line, kept a long sleeve on that was ditched with 3' to go.
  • 3h 41m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile

Felt great. 22mi in I started to fall apart, but all around very happy with my first full.

Almost took myself out less than a mile in as I twisted my ankle on a concrete ball. Had to walk for a solid minute to ensure it was okay. Right hip got really tight and painful at 10mi in. Just another example of how a small twinge turns into misery over another 16 miles.

Had to really focus to hold myself back the first half of the race, I wanted it to feel slow.

5K 26:14
10K 51:02
15K 1:17:26
20K 1:42:41
Half 1:48:19
25K 2:08:12
30K 2:33:02
35K 2:59:37
40K 3:28:10
Finish 3:41:09

What would you do differently?:

More long runs. My training was pretty skimpy for the distance and while I respected it, I wasn't prepared enough. No walking during the race, but I really fell apart at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Waddled to beer tent. Drank beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Long runs. I was prepared but not as well as I could have been.

Event comments:

Awesome race. Must do!

Last updated: 2013-03-31 12:00 AM
03:41:09 | 26.2 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 283/1628
Overall: 2386/23515
Performance: Good
Course: New course. Starts will 3mi of up. Some long false flats and drops. Nothing crazy in terms of hills.
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] 5

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