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Maymont XC Festival 1/2 Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Richmond Sports Backers
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 23m 3s
Overall Rank = 7/542
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/47
Pre-race routine:

Alarm went off at 4:30am after getting to sleep around midnight. Gathered my bag and hit the road. Ate a banana and Clif Bar on the drive and made a pit stop at 7-11 for coffee. Arrived in Richmond about 6:20 and got my race packet, then headed over to the starting area by the Visitor Center.
Event warmup:

Got a short 5-10 min warm up and a bit of stretching
  • 1h 23m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 20s  min/mile

I went out with a pack of 10 guys and it sure felt like we were a bit slow in the beginning. We ended up hitting the mile mark just under 6 min which I think was a bit way we were running that pace on the dirt path through the park. Over the next mile the pack started to string out and everyone settled into their place...I was running in 9th. Over the next 4-6 miles I picked up a couple of positions but tried to stay focused on just running my race and not trying to run people down. Around the 6-7 mile mark 2 guys passed me so I was back in 9th but the next guy up seemed to be slowing and I pulled up behind him. I checked my HRM a few times to make sure it wasn't me picking up the pace and my HR was actually dropping slightly. I paced with him to the 10 mile mark and decided to make a move there. I surged past and held a steady pace to see if he was going to come wth me but it wasn't gonna happen. At this point I should have been running in 8th. I could see the next guy up once in a while when we had a long straight section of road but he was too far ahead and I wasn't going to make a push. At this point I just wanted to run a steady 5k and hold my current position. If someone pulled up with me I'd push to hold but otherwise I wasn't going to kill myself. The last few miles are on the roads of the neighborhood and then into the park before making a U-turn and down 100m finishing chute on the grass. I finished strong but didn't break into an all-out sprint. The results have me in 7th so I'm not sure what happened...should have been someone else in front of me. My time was a PR by about 30sec but I think the course was a bit short. Between the technical sections of trail and all of the dirt trails I can't imagine I was able to beat my previous best on a flat road course in cool conditions.
What would you do differently?:

I wanted to get a good hard long run and that's exactly what I got. That's all today was about and I was happy to win my age group while I was at it.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a bottle of Powerade and went for a 10 min easy jog.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race. It was part of a large XC festival so there were lots of other races going on all day...mostly high school teams but also some open and racesand younger kids. The 1/2 mary was a nice low-key event. There weren't any spectators on the course aside from the volunteers but the constantly changing terrain keeps you engaged. They had 5 or 6 water/Powerade stations along the way which was plenty considering the cool conditions we had. I rated post race activities as good but the 1/2 mary was really not the focus of the day. The overall atmosphere was nice if you enjoy big XC meets and the weather was great for running.

Last updated: 2006-09-30 12:00 AM
01:23:03 | 13.1 miles | 06m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/47
Overall: 7/542
Performance: Good
Course: This was a really great course starting in the park and working through a combination of winding roads, gravel trails, sidewalks, and technical single track trails. We crossed several bridges along the way. It was just a nice mix of terrain anda great change from the usual road race.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2006-09-30 7:49 PM

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Virginia Beach, VA
Subject: Maymont XC Festival 1/2 Marathon

2006-10-01 1:17 AM
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
Subject: RE: Maymont XC Festival 1/2 Marathon
Great job! Congrats on yet another piece of hardware!
2006-10-01 5:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Maymont XC Festival 1/2 Marathon
Good report Joel - Things are looking good for Clearwater!
Rock On!
2006-10-02 12:02 AM
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Wow!  Great race!!  Congrats on the hardware and the excellent showing overall.
2006-10-02 12:57 AM
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Seattle WA
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nice job - great race!! sounds like a fun & enjoyable course. varied terrain is always nice.
2006-10-02 1:03 PM
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Robinson, TX
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Smoke'n man.  Great race!

2006-10-02 2:16 PM
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Great job!  Congrats on a strong showing!!
2006-10-03 12:22 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Nice run man!! I like how your Half pace is faster than any 5K I've run! Rock on

2006-10-03 3:50 PM
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The Original
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Overall Rank = 7/542= WOW!  That's about all I can say-  awesome race Joel!
2006-10-03 7:25 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Subject: RE: Maymont XC Festival 1/2 Marathon
Great run!  I can't believe you can run that fast so soon after your big accident!  Way to go!
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