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Jacksonville Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Jacksonville, Florida
United States
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70F / 21C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 435/1182
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 45/80
Pre-race routine:

Wake up time at 4:30am. Got dressed, made coffe and ate some peanut butter toast. I met my running partner (K) at 5:30am and we rode in together.
Event warmup:

This race was part of a 20 mile run I/we needed to do in preperation for the Disney marathon in Jan.

We took off from the starting line (the opposite direction and ran until we found an open minimart for a bathroom break. We turned around and headed back towards the starting line. We got in 6 miles before the race. That means we will have less to run after the half.

We got to the starting line 2 minutes after the scheduled start but they hadn't started yet so I tightened up my shoe laces and tried not to cool off too much.
  • 1h 56m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

We were all warmed up so it was just a matter of getting back to our pace and slogging through the miles. We tried to work our way towards the front before the gun went off to avoid the walkers. It was fairly congested for awhile but it didn't hold us back.

Our goal for the day was two-fold. We needed to get in our twenty miles and we wanted to keep our pace around 9 minutes/mile.

Our pace was holding around 8:30 minutes per mile and we both felt good so we didn't try to slow down to 9's. At mile six or so K was in need of a port-a-potty so we were on the hunt. We ran by one set due to the length of the line thinking there were more ahead. When we got up the road a mile or so we realized that potties were not where we expected.

We got to the turn around and said goodbye to the full marathon runners. We were on a mission to get back to the potties we left behind. They were right where we left them so K got in line and I headed for a tree. (it is great to be a guy!) It was about two minutes of standing there waiting for K. I tried to stay loose and took the opportunity to eat another GU.

Finally we were back on the road and Oh Man my quads did not want to start up again. We cranked up the pace for a little while to loosen back up and then we settled back into our groove.

We were able to maintain our conversation throughout the race. We tend to start off our runs talking about our respective spouses. After that we talked about our upcoming marathon and how are training is going. The other thing we like to chat about is the other runners on the course.

Things like: "his feet are going to hurt" based on the slapping noise his shoes were making on the pavement, or "how can someone run this far breathing like that?" when the runner going by sound like an athesmatic in a full blown episode.

I love the people watching aspect of races. There was this one older dude that must have been a hurderler because he brought his knees up really high towards his chest when he ran.

The finish came without incident. We were feeling really good but did not kick it much.

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

We were feeling really good when we got to the finish line. We turned in our chips and took another bathroom break and then jogged back to the car to round out our day to 20 miles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was a training run for me so I was not concerned with a PR.

Last updated: 2006-12-15 12:00 AM
01:56:54 | 13.1 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 45/80
Overall: 435/1182
Performance: Good
Mile1 maxhr 156 avghr 150 pace 8:36 m/m Mile2 maxhr 157 avghr 153 pace 8:28 m/m Mile3 maxhr 158 avghr 154 pace 8:37 m/m Mile4 maxhr 157 avghr 154 pace 8:29 m/m Mile5 maxhr 161 avghr 155 pace 8:23 m/m Mile6 maxhr 160 avghr 157 pace 8:07 m/m Mile7 maxhr 159 avghr 157 pace 8:25 m/m Mile8 maxhr 166 avghr 159 pace 8:50 m/m Mile9 maxhr 161 avghr 151 pace 10:27 m/m Mile10 maxhr 163 avghr 160 pace 8:12 m/m Mile11 maxhr 164 avghr 161 pace 8:27 m/m Mile12 maxhr 165 avghr 161 pace 8:27 m/m Mile13 maxhr 169 avghr 164 pace 8:31 m/m
Course: Flat and winding through nice neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2006-12-18 9:22 AM

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Orange Park Florida
Subject: Jacksonville Half-Marathon

2006-12-18 12:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Jacksonville Half-Marathon
Nice training run!
2006-12-18 12:42 PM
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2006-12-18 5:47 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: Jacksonville Half-Marathon
That's a good idea for a training run.  I've never had the fun of people watching while I run...because everyone is always passing me and I only get to see their butts. Not always a bad thing...but not always a good thing either!
2006-12-20 6:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Jacksonville Half-Marathon
Overall, nicely done. You may have even found a good pace for your mary, which would make for a decent time.
2006-12-20 11:19 AM
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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: RE: Jacksonville Half-Marathon
Nice training run!

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