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Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
16F / -9C
Total Time = 1h 30m 29s
Overall Rank = 30/1151
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/52
Pre-race routine:

Event warmup:

Ran 1.25 easy jog with some striders jsut to get the body going.
  • 1h 30m 29s
  • 21 kms
  • 04m 19s  min/km

I took the months of January and February completely off from running. Ramped up my mileage in March but had nowhere near the running fitness to run a marathon on this day so switched to the half at the last minute.

I maintained my fitness just fine over the winter and really felt good from a cardio perspective the whole time. However, my legs felt like I was right at the edge of what I could do. I felt like taking the pace up a notch might result in badness so I kept it pretty even from miles 5-13.1.

Started very, very easy. At about mile 2 I caught up to the 3:05 pace group and fell in with them. Ran about 3/4 of a mile with this group but the pace was too relaxed. Accelerated a little bit and left that group behind. About mile 5 I realized that I was still taking it too easy. Took the pace up another notch and then cruised home.

This hurt a bit. I was 1:20 off my time from last year with a severe lack of running over the winter so I am happy. Not my best race but it was an honest effort and showed me where I am fitness-wise for future races and training.
What would you do differently?:

Not take two months off from running--I was planning on working my way up to 80 miles per week over the winter but a mysterious knee pain sidelined me.
Post race
Warm down:

Freezing. I was soaking wet and it was about 22 degrees at the finish. Saw a few friends. Caught up with some folks and then headed home before I froze to death. Took about a 30 minute shower to get warm.

Event comments:

Good, local, hometown race. This is not a PR course but it is pretty and nice and fun.

Last updated: 2015-04-13 12:00 AM
01:30:29 | 21 kms | 04m 19s  min/km
Age Group: 4/52
Overall: 30/1151
Performance: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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date : May 24, 2010
author : Coach AJ
comments : 0
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?
date : June 15, 2009
author : Ali Winslow
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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?
date : November 17, 2008
author : mat steinmetz
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I just started doing tris this summer and I have two under my belt, both sprints. Is it reasonable to build up for a Oly in early ‘09, with a HIM in Oct of ‘09
date : June 10, 2008
author : kns57
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Steady is our walk. Ignoring the pain that is radiating from my feet, I continue to place one foot in front of the other. Again I wonder, “Why am I doing this?”
date : July 10, 2007
author : Ontherun
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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
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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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I will assume you have not run consistently more than 6 miles and have never completed a half-marathon. I believe running your first half-marathon is a big task which requires dedication and work.
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My training was taking off. I had never felt stronger. I was making bigger strides than I ever had. I was stronger and faster than I had imagined myself ever being.