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Olathe, Kansas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 00m 20s
Overall Rank = 5/17
Age Group = 3039
Age Group Rank = 1/2
Pre-race routine:

I'm in the middle of training for my 70.3 in October, and my training plan called for a 13 mile run. I heard about the Patriot's Run earlier in the week but was unsure if I wanted to do it or not (mainly, if I wanted to take off 1/2 day of work and pay an entry fee for a training run). However, the idea of doing a "real" race, with race support and also for a really cool cause (9/11) memorial had some appeal.

On Thursday night, wife and I decided to do it, provided we could walk up and register and race. The race started at noon. I left work at 11am, changed into running clothes in the office and we arrived on site at 11:40. Paid our fees, dropped our goody bag off in the car and headed to the start line.
Event warmup:

There was no warm up at all. The only warmup was walking around, trying to make sure we knew where to start and end.
  • 2h 00m 20s
  • 13.1 kms
  • 09m 11s  min/km

I started out running with my wife. Her plan called for a 10 miler today, and she had run 8 the day before. She was game to give it a go, but she had no plans/concerns with a PR. A little over 3 miles in, she told me to go. She was going to walk the hill. I went on and figured I'd catch up to her on future laps. At that point, I saw under 2HR was in reach so I steadied on.

I did not need to drink until about the 6 mile mark. I took a banana at mile 9. Water every other lap from mile 8 on. As I neared the end, I started watching my time more closely. I knew I was on track for under 2HR, however I also could see the course lap was a shade long. While I was on pace to finish at about 1:56, given the course was a bit long, I knew it would be close. I started pushing my pace a bit. On my final lap, my watch notified me I hit the 13 mile mark at about 1:56 and I was only half way through the final lap. I pushed ahead knowing it was going to be very close. As it turns out, I crossed the timing mat almost exactly at 2HR.

Even so, I was quite happy with that. My previous best HM is only something like 2:11 on the back of a 70.3.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Ideally, I would have planned and tapered, but I just was using this as a long run training day and just enjoyed the event.
Post race
Warm down:

At the finish was one of the water stops. I found gatorade and drank about 20 dixie cupfuls of the stuff. Walked around and let my legs relax. I talked to a few folks and watched for Jamie.

After figuring out our official times (because we registered so late, we were incorrectly entered into the "open/casual" division). Once we got our times, we found out Jamie got 3rd overall women and I won my age group. Ha! We grabbed out medals and headed out. Jamie had to get the kids from school, and I raced back to the office to wrap up a few things.

It was inspiring to see military personal, in full uniform carrying 100+lb packs (in honor of fallen soldiers). Team RWB was there carrying a flag. One woman was running with prosthetic legs. Seeing all of these things was inspiring and really helped to combat any minor fatigue I was feeling.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was just basically a training run.\

Event comments:

There was a bit of confusion with the timing, and also not much at the "finish". Since there were many races going on at once, I just crossed the finish line and stopped. There was no one there telling me I was done. I knew I was done because of my watch. There was lots of food (sandwiches, chips, water, fruit) but most of it was covered. It wasn't clear what was there for the athletes. I think this was more just a factor of it being a 9 hour race day, with lots of different things going on. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Just a little bit hectic due to many different races going on at the same time. Overall, I loved it. I definitely want to come back.

Last updated: 2015-09-14 12:00 AM
02:00:20 | 13.1 kms | 09m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 1/2
Overall: 5/17
Performance: Good
Course: The course was approximately 1 mile loops. There were many "races" going on: starting at noon, a half marathon, a marathon, a casual walk/run and Ultra all started. The event was to go from noon until 9:11PM where everything stopped for a memorial. The loop turned out to be slightly more than 1 mile, more like 1.1 miles. It was mostly flat, with a steady incline on the first 1/4 mile and slight decline on the back 1/4. The loop went through campus and most of it was surrounded by spectators, including many with tents set up. While a 13 lap course would normally be monotonous, this was was to be very familiar with everything and to see the spectators, including students roaming the campus. Also, because there were half-mary runners, marathoners, and ultras, including teams, there was an ever changing group of competitors. There were 3 aid stations on each loop. Plenty.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4

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