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Colonie, New York
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 23m 37s
Overall Rank = 2/
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 2/
Pre-race routine:

Normal breakfast, drove to the race site. Big time indecision of what to wear due to the weather. Ultimately believe I made the right call with sleeveless.
Event warmup:

Ran with Steve, then did a couple strides on my own.
  • 1h 23m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 23s  min/mile

Being a small race, my plan was to start with the leaders and see if a win was possible. Right away a guy broke off the front and while I tried to keep him in view, it became clearly quickly that he was not going to slow down. So after a few miles I settled into my own pace around 6:30/mi, which felt surprisingly doable. Heading into the turn around the gap was huge and I considered cruising in for an easy 2nd overall, but to my surprise there were a couple guys not that far behind me, so my plans changed.

Funny thing about the 2nd half is I did not realize that my watch field was set to show overall pace, not lap pace as is the usual. This caused me to push the pace, but not see much response from the watch, which caused me to push even harder. The result was a surprisingly fast second half that I was somehow able to maintain. Getting closer to the park I realized a PR was definitely in range, and that motivated me to hold on despite it starting to hurt. When I hit the finish line my watch did not agree that we had just ran the full 13.1 miles, and since a PR was on the line, I finished out the distance myself.

Race time says 1:23:37, my watch says 1:24:25. Either way a PR that I was not expecting at all. Flat course and cool temps definitely are to thank for this one.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and chatted with Mark while we waited for others to finish. Due to crummy weather I skipped the planned cool down jog.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My legs felt like crap two days prior at Workforce Challenge, having just come off Ragnar, so can't pretend I was in tip top shape for this one. That said, still a great performance that I was not expecting. Makes me wonder what my best half time could be in the right conditions...

Event comments:

Fun local race, would do it again for sure.

Last updated: 2018-06-27 12:00 AM
01:23:37 | 13.1 miles | 06m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/
Overall: 2/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on the bike path starting from the Colonie Town Park. Very flat except for a few small hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2018-06-27 3:29 PM

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