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Paso Robles, California
United States
51F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 43m 16s
Overall Rank = 39/262
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 2/5
Pre-race routine:

pb&j, coffee, a short drive to the event.
Event warmup:

An easy trot for about a mile and back to the minivan to stay warm.
  • 1h 43m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile

It was cool and misty, with barely any drizzle out on the course. 1) the weather could not have been better. I might have wanted gloves for a mile or so and after than the shirt and shorts were perfect. 2) Everyone was shivering in have coats at awards.

The course was a lot hillier than i expected. The first two miles were at a 7:30 pace. Miles 8 and 9 were just under 7:30, but the rest were a bit of a grind.

My strategy was to run the first 8 miles by feel, and push the effort by about :05/mi every mile. It kind of worked, but the hills... I sort of hate racing with hills. ;)

Fun route w/o traffic, and very pretty.

This was my official warm-up for Oceanside, so I brought my HM gear: a water belt with Gatorade and a Gu flask. The belt was zero problem. The Gatorade was empty about 5k out, and I downed about three Gus the first 8 miles. My guess at shoes didn't win; the Ultras at the marathon last fall were stellar. The GRR4's today tried to give me tender spots. For O'side, the choices will be original GR's, Ultra R's or Ultra 2's.

Here are the results.
What would you do differently?:

I can probably use a little track work.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking and trotting to the car and food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills. No speed work.

Event comments:

This was a very well run race, with a lot of vols and support from the Paso Robles community.

Last updated: 2016-03-13 12:00 AM
01:43:16 | 13.1 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 39/262
Performance: Good
Course: The ziz-zag to Airport, then Wellsona, River, and up the killer knoll.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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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