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New Bedford, Massachusetts
United States
New Bedford Half Marathon Committee
32F / 0C
Total Time = 1h 34m 6s
Overall Rank = 554/3500
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 111/
Pre-race routine:

Toast/coffee, etc. Fair amount of freakin' out about what to wear for the cold/wind. Gathered stuff and then the Better Half and I drove on down. Parked on the street RIGHT THERE - in the midst of the start, the portopotty area and the YMCA (numbers and post-race meal). Best. Parking. Spot. Ever.
Event warmup:

Hit the port-o-potties, ran up the hill, ran down the hill to the port-o-johns again - then ran back up to the start. Prolly 0.75 miles. Waited for the gun and the fun!
  • 1h 33m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 10s  min/mile

"Fast not hard" for first 8 miles. Effort through mile 10 required focus, but stayed loose and drafted people into the wind (and carried a bunch - at one point, there were half a dozen runners in an echelon right formation behind me!). Then went for it and had a hammerfest/sufferfest for last 5k - no one was drafting then and I must have passed 100 people during that section.

FAST field. Was awesome to see and fun to run with this crowd!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. The fast run downhill for the last half mile I think took more out of my legs than the first 12.6, but all good.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited for Kim to cross and cheer her (got cold quickly!). Chowder and a fish sandwich - New England's winter equivalent of Poutine for those reading this far, after changing and before going in search of beer (found a nice double IPA - Opa Opa A-10 Warthog).

Came home and hung with kids and Grammy and had another beer (or two). Great day.

Event comments:

Great race, well organized and supported. Superb fan support along WHOLE course. Both the Better Half and I PR'd. Great day!

Last updated: 2014-03-14 12:00 AM
01:33:51 | 13.1 miles | 07m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 111/
Overall: 554/3500
Performance: Good
HR mid then high 150s for first half. low 160's third quarter. high 160's to the finish.
Course: Two hills at 3 and 12 miles (at 12, it felt HUGE). Very windy - 17 mph - sunny and cool. Nice loop by the water in the second half. GREAT spectator participation.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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

2014-03-17 4:14 PM

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Austin, Texas
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2014-03-17 4:21 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Great job Matt, it looks like your season is really going to round into form quickly!

2014-03-17 4:31 PM
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PEI, Canada
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Great job Matt!

You know, if you had gone with the shorts you might have gone 27 seconds faster.  

2014-03-17 5:03 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like a great race (some speedy folks at this event) and an even better day. Well done on all fronts.
2014-03-17 5:25 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Nice race, Matt!  And equally nice choice in post-race beer

2014-03-18 12:19 AM
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Woot!  Way to go Matt and Better Half!  Nice job.

2014-03-18 6:54 AM
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Congratulations to you and Kim!  Great job on everything, including figuring out what to wear

2014-03-18 7:44 AM
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That's what I'm talkin about--PR!

Very speedy run, my friend.  Looks like it's shaping up to be a strong season for you (and Kim).

BTW, that must have been a fast field based on your time and place.  Zoom!

2014-03-18 9:33 AM
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Primo parking spot. Fun run. Chowder.  Fish sammich.  Beer.  PR. Sounds like an excellent day all around, congrats!!!  Now I'm hungry for chowder and a fish sandwich...

2014-03-18 12:18 PM
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Northern IL
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Good job Matt!

2014-03-18 12:28 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Awesome day all 'round!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

2014-03-18 1:41 PM
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Fast, not hard. I love it! GREAT job on the PR! Same to the wifey! 

2014-03-19 12:58 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Great job out their, Sir Speedy!

Love the chowder poutine reference :-)

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