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Austin, Texas
United States
3M Half Marathon
38F / 3C
Total Time = 1h 52m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up early with The Better Half and ate, then drove to race start (about 8 miles) and waited a bit in the truck. 'Twas a cold morning (mid 30's). Neither of us were trained for this, but we both wanted to check out the course, get a race and a longer run in. Totally worth it!
Event warmup:

Bouncing in line for the port-o-johns.
  • 1h 52m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 34s  min/mile

Great race venue. Downhill and FAST point to point. Well organized (buses after were no problem to return to parking at the start). Lots of fun. We held a pretty steady pace and it was a great workout (if not a race). Definitely going to train a bit more specifically for this one next year and see what kind of time I can throw down.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, as we were just getting back into training. This was a nice, steady, long run and helped re-kindle the "I want to RACE" fire.
Post race
Warm down:

Usual stuff. Ate and drank some. Stood in line at the espresso truck (hey, it's Austin, after all!) with the female winner. Very nice person to chat with. She ran a 1:13, IIRC. Wow...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not training at all for the race.

Event comments:

Can't wait to come back next year!

Last updated: 2015-04-08 12:00 AM
01:52:08 | 13.1 miles | 08m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: What an awesome course! Downhill and finishes looking straight at the capitol building.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2015-04-08 4:15 PM

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Austin, Texas
Subject: 3M Half Marathon

2015-04-10 10:29 AM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: 3M Half Marathon

Great job, Matt!!  Not a bad time for having not trained much for it.  Sounds like a fun race that's definitely worth doing next year--and faster.

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