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Bluffton, South Carolina
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 22m 9s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 56/98
Pre-race routine:

This race is 2.5 hours away from us, so pre-race was getting up and showering at 5 a.m. On the day after the switch to daylight savings time, no less! Ate a bit of a peanut butter sandwich in the car and had some coffee. Once we arrived at the venue, I had a banana.
Event warmup:

None really, just stood around and talked.
  • 2h 22m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

I started the race slowly, partly because it was crowded, but also to get warmed up. It was in the low 50s/high 40s when we started, but I was wearing a singlet because it was supposed to warm up to the 60s. So after 3 miles, I felt warmed up and started my 3:1 run/walk ratio. Miles 1-4 averaged 10:25 or so, miles 5-8 averaged 10:40, then mile 9 was 11 minutes, mile 10, 12 minutes (!), miles 11-13 all in the 11 minute range.
Temps were perfect for going sleeveless.

The course is very pretty, with lots of shade, though there was some traffic in parts. There were a lot of volunteers, and the water stops worked great.
What would you do differently?:

I am sure that my long bike ride yesterday was not ideal, but I was a little surprised still that I faded so quickly and couldn't maintain anything around 10:40 with the walk breaks. I think my training suffered also because of the bronchitis, and lack of consistent running during all that. So I would not do anything differently, but maybe I should have lowered my expectations a little for today's race.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my daughter and had a cup of gatorade. I was feeling really thirsty, and unfortunately, they ran out of water. My daughter was nice enough to run back to the car and bring me my water, but I also got a beer. Not such a great idea, I think, as it gave me a headache on the drive home. Post-race barbeque was good!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The day before, I biked 33 miles over all of our "hills" (i.e. the bridges), and that was a pretty tough ride for me. I think it might have contributed to my decline in the second half of the race.

Event comments:

Ran out of water after the race - not so great. Otherwise, the race was well organized!

Last updated: 2014-03-10 12:00 AM
02:22:09 | 13.1 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 56/98
Overall: 98/
Performance: Below average
Course: The course is a loop through a wooded development, very pretty, almost all on paved roads. A good deal of it is on the main road through the development.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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

2014-03-10 8:17 AM

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