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Rockford, Illinois
United States
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65F / 18C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 39m 34s
Overall Rank = 47/1500
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 10/25
Pre-race routine:

breakfast 2 hours before gun, light warm up just before the gun
Event warmup:

5 minute light jog with some pick ups
Run
  • 1h 39m 34s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

Felt good and pushed myself more than I expected to given some challenges. I came into the race expecting to pace a 1:45. There was no 1:45 group, so I started with 1:40 and anticipated fading from that group throughout the race. After the first 3 miles the 1:40 was still not far ahead, we were over a couple of the bigger hills and I felt strong. So I decided to make my way back up to the pacer on a downhill and changed the plan to stay with the 1:40 group the rest of the race. I missed a key 8 mile pacing workout in training because I was working with a client at a slower pace, part of the job!!! So I thought I'd give the 1:40 group a go through 8 miles and re-assess. After 8 I felt "ok", stayed with them. At 10 I was starting to feel it, but no way was I given up with 5k left. At 12 I REALLY gave it all I had, passed the pacer and came into the finish strong!
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Post race
Warm down:

walk, drink, eat, stretch, repeat!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I hate doing this because everyone deals with things on race day! I've had a terrible season so far. I've been sick constantly with sinus/allergy issues, and I cracked a tooth in three places the week before the race. Had to rush into the dentist to get it fixed a few days before the race. Given those circumstances, relative to my training and current pacing, I'm extremely happy with my results. It's not a PR, but it's way better than I expected on the given day.



Event comments:

REALLY good race!! I was very impressed with organization. Parking was close to the start/finish too, which was a huge plus. Much more desirable to me to do a smaller race this well organized than go down to the city, near me (Chicago), and participate in a large race with limited parking and deal with traffic.




Last updated: 2015-11-05 12:00 AM
Running
01:39:34 | 13.1 miles | 07m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/25
Overall: 47/1500
Performance: Good
Course: Rockford Half Marathon. about 300ft elevation gain according to course map
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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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