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Hollister, North Carolina
United States
rmec.com
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 13m 22s
Overall Rank = 5/218
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 3/31
Pre-race routine:

Woke up. Had peanut butter and honey on whole wheat, and a cup of coffee. Helped setup the field aid station for the marathon (same thing we've done the last 4 years at Medoc). With 15 minutes before the race (8:15), I ate a gel, took off my jeans and coat, put on my Brooks Pure Grit 4s, and moseyed over to the start line.
Event warmup:

None. At all.
Run
  • 1h 13m 22s
  • 10 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile
Comments:

Went out steady. I was in 12th overall as we exited the park. I pulled up to 10th before the turnaround on the park road. I was sixth going into the woods. I gained on three guys, and three of us passed the fourth. The other two guys I was with ended up going 3rd and 4th overall, though they swapped positions within the last 0.5 mile. I was content where I was.
What would you do differently?:

This was about all I had in me I think. Maybe could've challenged 4th place a little more.

Happy to take an "overall" podium spot, not just age group. 1st place Masters is OK with me.
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered over to the field aid station from start/finish, and helped volunteer over there with my parents and the Hortons for 45 minutes. Rode my bike back over to start/finish for awards. Then back over to field aid for an hour. Then worked the finish line for 2 hours. (Somewhere in there the race director asked if I could run the course backwards and find a lost little girl, the daughter of another volunteer). Did so, so I guess that counts as a warm-down :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sore hips, eyesight.

Event comments:

I love Medoc. It is an awesomely fun day. It's also the one marathon I want to go back to and punish. My first time there was well over 4 hours. I think I have a 3:30 in me there and will try to find it in 2017.


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Last updated: 2015-10-19 12:00 AM
Running
01:13:22 | 10 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/31
Overall: 5/218
Performance: Good
Course: First 1.5miles on the road, then into the woods we went. Love this course. First hillclimb comes at about 2.5 miles or so, and goes on for a few minutes. Second hillclimb is long, gradual, and butt-kicking. I had 2 goals (well, 3); don't fall, don't walk, and beat 2013's time. I met them all (except the don't walk, when I had to walk up the 25 steps behind 4th place...couldn't pass there).
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
Evaluation
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

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