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Kansas City, Missouri
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 44m 48s
Overall Rank = 393/4932
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 45/261
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6:00, ate some oatmeal and had some water. And coffee. Headed out at 6:45, and Rach dropped me off right at the start at 7:10. Had time for a quick warm up and thats about it.
Event warmup:

One mile warm-up, took a gel about 10 minutes before, and got as close as I could to the 1:45 pace group.
  • 1h 44m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m  min/mile

Decided the day before to run with the 1:45 group, despite only doing a couple 10+ mile runs, with the best averaged pace around 8:30/mi. I didn't know how I'd react to the 8:00 pace, but figured I'd at least try and hang on. Plus, I knew the pacers were a couple prominent local triathletes and I wanted to talk their ears off.

Race start was really congested, or it appeared to be. People were being really inconsiderate of others. I had 4 people in front of me start running, stop and adjust their iPods on their arms or gamins, and then start running. I nearly tackled them, but luckily I am agile like a fox.

The first 3 miles had a slight uphill grade. Nothing crazy, but you could feel it. It was also CRAZY humid at the start, and I thought I was going to have issues overheating during the race, as I really haven't ran outside in anything over 50 degrees all winter. Luckily, the humidity subsided as the race went on.

The remainder of the race was really standard. I felt really good sticking with the pace group. I never felt taxed or like I was starting to over do it, but instead felt nice and relaxed chatting with the pacers Scott B and Kelly D. I forgot how awesome it is to run with pacers. You just stick with them. Takes all the garmin checks out of the race.

I stopped and walked each aid station, not because i needed to walk, but because I wanted to be sure I got in plenty of water. 2 glasses at each, no issues all day. Also took a gel at mile 5 and 9.5 and felt like it worked out pretty well.

Around Mile 10, my legs were starting to feel a bit sore, but overall I was still feeling good. I ended up just sticking with the pacers till the finish, and was really content with the result!
What would you do differently?:

I wasn't trying to PR this race AT ALL, and I was happy to get enough mileage in during training to finish under 1:45 without injury! That hasn't been the case in the past. BUT if I wanted to do better, I could have easily pushed harder. Again, I treated this as a nice training run. I think this would be a great race to try and PR at, and I might be doing something similar next year depending on how the race schedule shakes out.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and found Rach at the finish. Also saw Jon at the finish area. We didn't stick around long, we went and headed to my sister in law's house in waldo to watch the rest of the finishers and helped with yard work the rest of the day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My lack of interest in going faster. I still feel like I'm growing my run volume, and I didn't feel like attempting to PR this race being only a month away from the first triathlon of the year. I know I can do much better than I did, and thats enough for me right now.

Event comments:

The volunteers and race organizers did a great job. I had a great time, the race itself is pretty fantastic, and I'll definitely be back in the future! A great early season race!

Last updated: 2013-12-29 12:00 AM
01:44:48 | 13.1 miles | 08m  min/mile
Age Group: 45/261
Overall: 393/4932
Performance: Good
Lap Data Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 08m 18s 1.00 miles 08m 18s /mile 156 162 2 08m 16s 1.00 miles 08m 16s /mile 163 167 3 08m 12s 1.00 miles 08m 12s /mile 163 170 4 07m 47s 1.00 miles 07m 47s /mile 161 170 5 08m 03s 1.00 miles 08m 03s /mile 162 167 6 07m 41s 1.00 miles 07m 41s /mile 161 167 7 07m 49s 1.00 miles 07m 49s /mile 162 168 8 08m 14s 1.00 miles 08m 14s /mile 162 169 9 08m 03s 1.00 miles 08m 03s /mile 162 166 10 07m 55s 1.00 miles 07m 55s /mile 162 164 11 08m 05s 1.00 miles 08m 05s /mile 162 167 12 08m 01s 1.00 miles 08m 01s /mile 161 165 13 07m 25s 1.00 miles 07m 25s /mile 161 166 14 01m 01s 0.14 miles 07m 14s /mile 167 170
Course: Out and back on Ward Parkway, with a brief little run around Loose park. First 3 miles had about the only elevation gain. Mile 8 had a little will that kinda sucked...
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

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