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San Luis Obispo, California
United States
Cuesta College track and field and cross country teams
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 41m
Overall Rank = 137/1617
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 11/65
Pre-race routine:

I love being able to show up to a run with the bib and the chip already on. I woke up at 5:15 for the 7:00am gun. I parked at one of the parking structures on Palm by 7:30...
Event warmup:

...and trotted around soaking up some of the vibe with such a big crowd.
  • 1h 41m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

My strategy was to run at a 7:30 pace half way, then increase the power for a reverse split on the second half. It was easy to hold my pace (at 7:31!) until we turned toward Avila, but my mile splits slowed with every hill despite the extra effort.

Like always, places like the Bob Jones that I was familiar with seemed fast and easy.

It was a great vibe, with some nifty moments. I got a surprise high five from K-Man Keith at a water station on the way out of town, and got to cheer for a pair who I paced with for the first half who easily beat their 1:45 goal.

The breakfast was super with fruit, baked treats like banana bread, and nummy eggs, bacon and sausage. Coffee! OJ! Lots of various re-hydration options. Eternal Timing was excellent as usual, and had the results up immediately. I felt lucky that the Silverado bus had me back in SLO by 9:30.

In part because it wasn't a hot day, it worked well not slowing for any of the water/gu stations. My prep was a double coffee in the car after a PB and honey for breakfast, and I ate one fig bar for a little extra fuel.

I ran solidly compared to the people I paced with, and tended to do well passing a few up and down hills and making time on corners.

I was in good shape today, treated this like a hard training run, and don't think I'll need to recover for my next regular run.

Oh, and I went with Skechers Ultras today since they rocked in a 5k last year. I was worried since something in my rotation gave me blisters on both big toes this week, but the Ultras were perfect. They could easily have worked for twice the distance.

And finally, training and tapering. I ran 32 miles last week, no runs Fri/Sat, and an easy 50 mile ride yesterday. This was a lot more running miles than the week before my only previous HM, and it felt perfect. It feels like this should fit right into regular training w/o a pause.

Here are the AG results.
Post race
Warm down:

A couple of high-fives, then meandering to the breakfast line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Who knows? I feel good, and had a solid race. My volume has been fine at about 50mpw, so maybe a little more tempo work on top of my 6 mile treadmill runs?

Event comments:

*Very* well organized race. There wasn't a hitch.

Last updated: 2015-10-08 12:00 AM
01:41:00 | 13.1 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/65
Overall: 137/1617
Performance: Good
Course: SLO to Pismo, down Marsh to Higuera with a loop toward Avila and the Bo Jones Trail.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2015-10-11 6:40 PM

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Palm Springs, California
Subject: City to the Sea Half Marathon

2015-10-13 6:30 PM
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Central Coast, CA
Subject: RE: City to the Sea Half Marathon

Sounds like you had a great run! I did pretty well myself however I felt the heat of the morning when I hit Shell Beach, granted my time was ~25 minutes slower than yours.

2015-10-13 11:46 PM
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Palm Springs, California
Subject: RE: City to the Sea Half Marathon
Dude! Great race! Yeah, those hills on the back half made the day a lot warmer.
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