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Plattsburgh Half Marathon 2014 - RunHalf Marathon

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Plattsburgh, New York
United States
50isF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 27m 55s
Overall Rank = 3/200
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/35
Pre-race routine:

The race started at 8am, so I got up 3 hours before to do my usual routine of eating a powerbar and a cup of applesauce 3 hours before. After that I start sitting on water and gatorade until race start.
Event warmup:

20 minutes as 5min Z1, 5x30sec race pace, 1:30 ZR, and 5min ZR-Z1. I finish this where I almost can run right to the starting line and take a powerbar gel and last sip of water right there.
  • 1h 27m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 43s  min/mile

Not sure how I feel about this race. My goal time was not even close to being met, even if I calculated it based on an actual half without the extra quarter mile added. People started fast and I went with the group and within the first few minutes just felt "flat". Around mile 1.5-2.5 my shoes came untied twice! Never had this problem before and they were double knotted, so I'm blaming them getting soggy from the rain. Once I lost sight of the woman in 2nd from bending down to tie my shoes I felt like I lost my chance at having that motivation.
What would you do differently?:

Since this was more of a C race, I wouldn't do much differently. I felt flat, but I'm assuming that's because the harder workouts I had so close to the race. Although I normally wouldn't taper a ton for only a half, this was at the end of a large building block of training so I really felt the fatigue during the race.
Post race
Warm down:

15minutes Z1 immediately after I finished

What limited your ability to perform faster:

End of tough training block so felt tired and flat, but considering it wasn't a goal race I'm not too upset about that.

Event comments:

Well organized race, lots of volunteers and at a good time in the early season.

Last updated: 2014-05-22 12:00 AM
01:27:55 | 13.1 miles | 06m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/35
Overall: 3/200
Performance: Below average
Course: Course was long! Ended up being 13:35 according to my Garmin, which correlated with mapmyrun and other athletes according to that my time was 1:26:30. Besides that, flat course, only hill on it is about 1.5 miles from the finish line.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 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] 4

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My question is am I playing with fire entering the half marathon this close to my primary goal for this season which is the HIM?
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I just ran the Boston Marathon under nine minute miles, can I run eight minute miles for my half Ironman training runs? Or should I go slower?
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date : July 10, 2007
author : Ontherun
comments : 0
Having three seasons under my belt I thought I knew what I was doing. That all changed with a few new challenges and a bunch of new friends.
date : October 24, 2005
author : mikericci
comments : 0
This program should be used for an athlete whose goal is to run a marathon in the 1:30-2:30 range and has a good running base in the past 8-12 weeks.
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