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Austin, Texas
United States
3M Half Marathon
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 39m 18s
Overall Rank = 454/5167
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 51/316
Pre-race routine:

Up early with Kim, quick breakfast of toast and coffee then off to the race. It's a point to point, so we warmed up (it was CHILLY at the start until the sun came out), put our gear bags on the bus that would meet us there and lined up. I drifted to the 1:45 group and Kim started with the 2hr group.
Event warmup:

Very short little jog. Should have done more, perhaps, but we treated this as our long run for the week, not so much a race.
  • 1h 39m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

Started with the idea of breaking 1:50, but was running loose and easy, so I pushed the pace up a little. Cool, downhill and wind at my back - plus bagpipes on course! About mile one I thought, "What the heck, I'll just race it and see." Just went with what felt an easy hard pace and held on through the finish. Very happy with the result and, more, how good it felt running. Second fastest HM, unexpectedly but happily.
What would you do differently?:

Not take 2 years off between training blocks. Otherwise, good.
Post race
Warm down:

Wait for Kim at the finish, grab water/snacks and head to the beer tent. We stayed there for a WHILE chatting and sampling some of Austin's finest brews (OK, heavily sampling). Gorgeous day! Then hopped a shuttle back to the start and spent the day with the kids. Awesome....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Well, this was way faster than expected, so not much.

Event comments:

Such a great race. Usually cool and sunny, downhill, interesting course and now with a great beer garden at the end. Very Austin and very fun.

Last updated: 2017-02-17 12:00 AM
01:39:18 | 13.1 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/316
Overall: 0/5167
Performance: Good
Course: Downhill with the wind at my back. Literally, like a 20 kt wind!
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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

2017-02-20 10:39 AM

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Austin, Texas
Subject: 3M Half Marathon

2017-02-20 12:26 PM
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Sounds like a great day - a solid and speedy race and fun and relaxation afterward with some refreshments and your wife.  Taking over 10 minutes off your projected time is awesome! Good times, congrats!

2017-02-20 3:00 PM
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I love it -- "just went with what felt like an easy hard pace".  I totally get what you're saying there!  At what point did it transition from feeling easy to feeling hard?  Congrats on a well-run race!

2017-02-24 4:41 PM
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Went from easy-hard to just hard around 11.5 or so.  The last mile and a half required some digging, as did the uphill finish.  Form still felt good, though - just tougher to stay on pace. 

Knowing you're that close makes it easier to dig deeper than when it happens at, say, mile 2.5 (see my upcoming RR on the Austin Half). 


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