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Xenia, Ohio
United States
ORRRC
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 44m 9s
Overall Rank = 127/990
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 16/55
Pre-race routine:

I didn't train particularly well for this race. I probably averaged around 20 mpw and mainly did two short mid week runs and a long run on the weekend.
Event warmup:

A very short slow jog right before the race started.
Run
  • 1h 44m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 57s  min/mile
Comments:

Sometimes it's just your day. I wasn't really expecting to PR by over 2 minutes but here we are.

I came down with a bit of a head cold the Friday before this Sunday race so I figured I'd start with an 8:00 pace and see what happened. About 1/2 mile into the race a woman stopped and turned around after she dropped something and I crashed into her pretty hard. Luckily neither one of us got hurt and my race continued uneventfully. I felt a little tired around mile 3 so I popped my first caffeinated GU.

Yay for PEDs! As you can see after popping the GU I dropped a 7:49 and I started feeling really good. I took another around mile 8 1/2 and it was at the point I realized I was going to PR pretty easily. I ran it in and was super pumped to get in well under 1:45.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! No idea how it could have gone any better!
Post race
Warm down:

Pounded some water, a banana, and some cookies while waiting on my buddy to finish.

Event comments:

A great local inexpensive half marathon. Yay ORRRC!




Last updated: 2015-04-14 12:00 AM
Running
01:44:09 | 13.1 miles | 07m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/55
Overall: 127/990
Performance: Good
6 Mile - 48:02 Laps from my GPS: 8:00, 8:02, 8:06, 7:49, 8:03, 8:05, 7:51, 7:50, 7:56, 8:06, 7:49, 7:55, 7:52
Course: Pretty much an out and back on the nearby bike trail after about 4 miles on the roads near Xenia.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too easy
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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