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Washingon, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
50F / 10C
Total Time = 4h 00m 36s
Overall Rank = 906/2722
Age Group = M 25-29
Age Group Rank = 138/313
Pre-race routine:

Got dropped off a few blocks from the start line, so a little bit of walking. Did some stretching while I waited around. Ate a Clif Bar and drank a bottle of water.
  • 4h 00m 36s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

I didn't want to stay with the 4 hour pace group, because I knew I was going to walk, and I still wanted to break 4, so I knew I had to go just a bit faster than thye were going. Felt like I paced well for the first 10-ish miles, about 8:30s. Then I probably got excited because I still felt good, and so I think I started going faster than I was supposed to. I found a group of people around mile 17 who were pacing at 3:55, but they had started 8 corrals ahead of me, so I kinda figured catching up to them was probably not good for my pacing. I stayed with them until I had to start walking around mile 19. I tried to do 30 seconds of walking and then a half mile of running, which lasted about 4 miles. Then miles 23 and 24 were terrible! So much walking. Looking back, I probably could have pushed myself harder, but at the time I just felt like dying! I still tried to run as much as I thought I could, but my walks got very long. I got to the 24 mile marker and forced myself to start running further, and pushing through the pain. I picked it up and put everything I had left into the final two miles, finishing hard with a 8:30 split for the last mile and a 7:17 pace for the last 0.2.
What would you do differently?:

Less walking in miles 20-24. I think slower pacing in miles 10-15 would have helped that situation.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of slow, painful walking. And hydrating.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough long runs in training.

Last updated: 2014-02-28 12:00 AM
04:00:36 | 26.2 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 138/313
Overall: 906/2722
Performance: Average
5K-26:51, 10K-54:22, 10M-1:27:09, Half-1:53:29, 20M-2:54:24
Course: Started on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, ran west toward and then behind the Lincoln Memorial, then ran up Rock Creek Pkwy until Woodley Park. Ran east until McMillan, then past Howard University. Zigzagged to get to N Capitol Street (nice view of the capitol coming down that hill, btw). More zigzagging as we approached the Half finish line, and then at about mile 12.5. Then ran back toward the Mall and cut south, where we ran a few miles through the Waterfront area (I really don't remember much of this). Took the Frederick Douglass Bridge across the river and spent a few miles on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, which was very nice. Did the loop at the end of the park and then made our way to Minnesota Ave and though another neighborhood. Long uphill on Minnnesota before turning onto East Capitol St for the last stretch. Finish line was located in the parking lot for the DC United stadium.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 5

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