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St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Team Ortho Foundation
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 56m 8s
Overall Rank = 675/3555
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 170/780
Pre-race routine:

got up early and got dressed, went to put on my socks and noticed Boston had chewed a massive hole in one of them! BUMMER! So I had to wear cotton socks for the first time running in like, 10+ years! (but it ended up being fine.) Drove to the Science museum (ate a waffle on the way) to park and as i was on the hill i could see the traffic jam trying to get in so I jsut decided to pay the 10 bucks and park in the little lot on the right side of that hill road (forgot the name of that hill off Kellog that brings you down...) Anyway, that worked out great! Called Mike, met up at the Holliday in on the way up to the start. Drank my spark and ate a gu about 15 min before then waited in line. There were HUGE traffic jams so they delayed the start by 10 min It was alittle chilly, but I had a plastic bag so it was ok. Chitchatted with Mike and new friends until the start. Tons of fun costumes :)
  • 1h 56m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

Ugh. this could have been a fast day, but it wasn't. Started off good, the first 4 miles or so is down hill, then it's pretty flat until the last few miles. I was at a good 8:30 pace, but i was feeling it. I was able to tkeep that pace until about 10 miles, then I jsut lost all energy. And running into that crazy wind didn't help. It was a rough last 3 miles, I couldn't make my legs go ANY faster! At least there were cool costumes to keep my mind off the suck. My goal was to finish in 1:51, and I ended up a whole 4 SECONDS slower then last weeks half marathon and it felt WAY worse. But I guess you need bad runs to make you appreciate the good ones even more. Next year, I'm going to train for this and rock it! It was a fun day non-the-less :) Cold, but fun!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked through the finish shoot and collected my stuff, walked to my car and drove home

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. The only running I've been doing since Ironman is long runs on weekends, Not the best idea.

Event comments:

Team ortho does a good job. I think some people were annoyed at the delay, but I didn't mind, and I bet the people stuck in the traffic jams were thankful!

Last updated: 2013-10-29 12:00 AM
01:56:08 | 13.1 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/780
Overall: 0/3555
Course: The 2013 Half Marathon and 10-Mile Monster Dash is in St. Paul this year! Combined with the beautiful fall foliage, the start of the race is spectacular! It begins at the picturesque Cathedral of St. Paul that overlooks the city. Participants will run downhill (an end total of 400 vertical feet) along the tree-lined course on historic Summit Avenue and finish in Downtown St. Paul at the Mighty Mississippi. The chip-timed race is USATF certified.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-10-29 3:37 PM

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Western WI
Subject: Monster Dash Half Marathon

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Nicely done!

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