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cary, North Carolina
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 16m 52s
Overall Rank = 11/2168
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/100
Pre-race routine:

woke up at 5am. Ate a banana and had 2 slim fast shakes. Grabbed a cup of really bad hotel coffee and headed to race site.
Event warmup:

Not my normal w/up. I did some jogging. maybe 3/4mi total.
Run
  • 1h 16m 52s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 05m 52s  min/mile
Comments:

Was not really confident of fitness coming in so I decided I needed to not go out to fast. Planned on trying to go 5:55 pace through first half and then see how I was doing.
First mile felt pretty easy but it is more up than not so I thought I would just stick with it. I only hit the mile in 6:02 so quite a bit slow even of my 5:55 plan. Picked it up in 2nd mile and then once on trail starting off hitting some 5:42's. Got a little nervous when seeing low to mid 5:40's but I felt pretty in control. Problem was it was early and the first half of the out and back course is more down.
Got to the turn around in 38:20. Started heading back and then BAM. Got to 8mi and I started to take strain. The downs that made for easy 5:40's were now ups and I was starting to crater. I was like oh crap. It is one thing to hang on for 1 or 2 miles but I was going to have to hang on for 5mi. Mile 10 to 11 was a pretty stiff climb (at least it felt like it) and I looked down and saw 6:10. I am was man this is getting ugly. Sort of stumbled, wobbled to the end and was somehow able to keep going at a reasonable pace. Ended up that I only positive split the race by 12 sec. Went out in 38:20 and ran, exploded, clawed, stumbled my way back in 38:32 for a 76:52 overall time.
Got 11th overall and was 1st master.
What would you do differently?:

Not really do anything different on race day besides maybe w/up like normal so getting to race pace would be easier.
Post race
Warm down:

nothing running wise. Just waited to see d00d and Louiskie finish the marathon

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Coming back from a lengthy lay off and fitness is not coming back nearly as quick now that I am hitting mid 40's

Event comments:

Very solid race all around.




Last updated: 2014-11-25 12:00 AM
Running
01:16:52 | 13.1 miles | 05m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/100
Overall: 11/2168
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with 8mi on American Tobacco Trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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2015-03-17 7:34 AM
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Nice race, D! Strong effort and smart to back it off at the start!
Glad that you walked out of there with a little cash, too!
What did you think of the terrain? Was it a factor for you, or not really?
Fast, bro!
2015-03-17 8:53 AM
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I could feel the ground was soft and I definately looked for firm tracks to run on. Not sure how much it slowed me but the soft ground saps energy. Maybe on firm ground I would have got to 9mi before tanking. Who knows?
2015-03-17 9:40 AM
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Good Gravy, that's fast...

Congrats on your day!
2015-03-17 10:53 AM
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I'm always amazed at your running ability! That's a very strong race, esp. given the long layoff and you being so old! :-) Seriously though, very nice.

Not sure this is relevant or not but one thing my watch tracks is vertical oscillation. I don't normally pay attention to it but I noticed that my vert oscillation dropped when I hit the soft trail, versus the asphalt on the northern stretch. At the same time, ground contact time went up a tad. Now that could be due to fatigue setting in, or it could have something to do with the squishiness of the trail (to d00d's point). Anyway, it may have been a factor, or not. Glad you neg split the race in the end. And yeah, thats a rough course in that the loooong down becomes a looooong up on the way back. Its always a mind F##$^ getting back to Morrisville Pkwy.

See you here next year? I am planning the half. Race ya for that masters prize. Oh no, wait, you could walk and beat me. But do it again- its lucrative for you!
2015-03-17 11:33 AM
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Awesome job! Happy to see things coming back after the layoff!

Is your focus going to be longer distanced racing? 



2015-03-17 12:08 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Awesome job! Happy to see things coming back after the layoff!

Is your focus going to be longer distanced racing? 




Longer is sort of the plan. To tell the truth. I was thinking about going home (I left South Africa 21 yrs ago) to do what I feel is almost mandatory for me and that is run The Comrades Marathon that prompted my little attempt at a comeback.
Comrades will have to wait a few years for a number of different reasons so I am now thinking of trying my 1st marathon in mid November.
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