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Albany, Georgia
United States
Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau
35F / 2C
Total Time = 4h 43m 14s
Overall Rank = 438/586
Age Group = 60-64
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

Hotel was 4 blocks from race start. Got up at 5:30. Had two uncrustables and a large cup of coffee. About 30 min before race start, took one anti-diarrhea pill. Had some water. Mixed nutrition bags and bottle. Walked to race start with about 6 min to spare. Wore flannel shirt over BSR tri top and tights.
Event warmup:

Walked 4 blocks to race start at a brisk pace.
  • 4h 43m 14s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile

The first 12 miles were awesome, good pace and low HR. I kept wondering if I was running too fast, but I felt like I could run that pace all day. Just before mile 13, HR shot up to 190 and stayed there for a few miles. Had a little trouble catching my breath. Felt like possible exercise induced asthma. Never really had that before. Refilled nutrition at miles 7, 13, 18, and 22. After high HR, ended up low on electrolytes and severe calf cramping set in. These are the worst and longest cramps I've ever had. I thought I was ahead on nutrition but I didn't realize that the high HR would consume the resources faster. Took one of my backup gels at mile 18. Not too long after that I took another anti-diarrhea pill. Had some gatorade on the course and also a banana. Once the BQ and PR disappeared, I walk/jogged the rest. One highlight on the walk/jog part was a man said "Go Big Sexy", that's the team I'm on. It really perked me up. Disappointed, but that's racing. Glad to have finished 2nd in AG. A little less walking and I could have had 1st. Oh well. Learned some things on this race.

After analyzing this race vs my first marathon, I am convinced I did not run the 1st 12 miles too fast to cause my problems. Whew, good to know.
What would you do differently?:

Carry an inhaler, carry more nutrition or be prepared to live off the course. Remember that high HR takes more resources.
Post race
Warm down:

Had water, Ultragen and a quick massage. Walked back to hotel for a shower. Rode home as a passenger with compression gear on and legs propped up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Reduced breathing and then cramping.

Event comments:

Course and volunteers were amazing. This should have been a better race for me. Still very pleased to be second in AG.

Last updated: 2015-03-07 12:00 AM
04:43:14 | 26.2 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 438/586
Performance: Below average Splits 9:22, 9:29, 9:03, 9:12, 9:11, 9:05, 9:09, 9:49, 9:02, 9:19, 8:58, 9:02, 12:55, 11:37, 9:33, 10:05, 9:50, 10:48, 10:36, 10:28, 9:39, 12:48, 13:33, 12:20, 13:02, 15:48, 9:26
Course: Mostly flat through town, neighborhoods and around a little lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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