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Denver, Colorado
United States
Colfax Marathon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 17m 7s
Overall Rank = 3137/5829
Age Group = F40-49
Age Group Rank = 348/768
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30 am. Ate 2 hard boiled eggs, some almond butter, and half a banana in the car (with coffee). Parked south of Colfax and walked ~1/2 mile or so to City Park. Probably got there earlier than I needed to. It was cold! I wore a technical T and my Sugoi jacket over it, with capris. Very happy I brought my gloves! In the hour before I had a bottle of Nuun, and 20 minutes before had a Gu.
Event warmup:

Jumped around and did a little dynamic stretching, mostly to stay warm :).
  • 2h 17m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

Overall I was very happy. I had a good time, I ran pretty well, and I felt decently trained (for me). I do rather like this distance.
What would you do differently?:

I went out conservatively, and ran with a couple of other people from my club. I think I could have done this faster. My 1/2 split was 1:10:27, and my last 2 miles were at 9:37 and 9:39 (my first mile was 11:00, and my 2nd 2 miles were 10:47 and 10:44. I think I could have gone to 10:30s after the first mile, and gone to 9:30-9:45 after 3-4 miles and sustained it, based on my run last week. I also think I would do better if I had more mileage base- I could definitely feel it in my legs towards the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretched a bit, had a core shake.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, and pacing. And probably 5 pounds I don't really need.

Event comments:

Especially grateful for the shirtless firefighters at mile 12.

Last updated: 2014-01-02 12:00 AM
02:17:07 | 13.1 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/768
Overall: 0/5829
Performance: Average
Hopefully my HRM data will stay uploaded... Average was 162,
Course: Winding, through the Zoo (the animals looked quite skeptical), down Montview, and then south to Colfax, and then back up to City Park. My Garmin had it at 13.18m :). Not very hilly.
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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