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Boulder Backroads - RunHalf Marathon

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
Go Lite Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon
42F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 42m 38s
Overall Rank = 189/2024
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 29/151
Pre-race routine:

Spent the night in Boulder so we didn't have to wake up too early. I drank Accelerade and had a Clif Bar for breakfast followed by a banana on the way to the Reservoir. I stretched for about 10m but didn't do any warm-up running. Hit the porta-pottys on the way to the start line. Ken (Triathlonfun) and I made our way to the front of the line after leaving our outer layers with the wives.
Event warmup:

Just stretching, which worked out fine.
  • 1h 42m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

My goal was to stick with 8m miles until the turnaround and then, depending how I feel, pick up the pace coming back. Ken started out with a slightly faster pace, so we didn't stick together for long. I paced myself perfectly as I hit the turnaround in 52.20. ALthough it seemed fairly flat from mile 2 up until the turnaround, you could really feel the downhill coming back in, so I picked up the pace. I felt pretty strong so I set my sites on people ahead of me to catch. I finished the second half in 50.18.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I stuck to my plan and was able to beat my goal (1:45). I also beat my PR by 15 minutes, which was earlier this year. I have made huge progress in my running this year.
Post race
Warm down:

More stretching followed by a drive home and food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. This was a training run for the upcoming Denver Marathon. Hopefully I can have another good race in a few weeks.

Event comments:

This is a great race. The course is set up nicely and on dirt and gravel which is much better on my joints. I will definitely do this race again - maybe the full next year.

Last updated: 2006-08-23 12:00 AM
01:42:38 | 13.1 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/151
Overall: 0/2024
Performance: Good
avg HR 158 max HR 176 m1 - 8.09 m2 - 7.55 m3 - 7.55 m4 - 8.01 m5 - 8.23 m6 - 8.14 m7 - 8.01 m8 - 7.19 m9 - 7.14 m10 - 7.37 m11 - 8.45 m12 - 6.42 m13 - 8.17
Course: The course was generally uphill for the first half, with a couple of minor climbs in the first 2 miles. A perfect course for a negative split.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-09-24 8:41 PM

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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: Boulder Backroads

2006-09-27 10:55 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Boulder Backroads
Nice run, beating your goal and shattering your PR.  
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