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Olathe, Kansas
United States
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 38m 5s
Overall Rank = /350
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/35
Run
  • 1h 38m 5s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile
Comments:

This race was my wifes race to qualify her for the New York City Marathon. She ahd to run this half marathon at 1:37 or faster in order to qualify. She is a MUCH faster runner than me. She's a Boston finisher. Anyway, My goal was to pace her at 7:20's for as long as I could before I faded. As soon as the gun sounded she was off and running at like a gazell. I could not keep on her heels at all. I ran as fast as I could just trying to keep her in sight so if she faded I could keep her going. That never happened. She just kept getting futher and further away. Good for her! Bad for me. Before I knew it I was at the 6.5 mile turn around. My legs were spent and felt like I was dragging concrete blocks on my feet. As I turned and headed back from the halfway point I thought to myself I would just back off and try and recover. I was watching my Garmin and it said I was holding a steady 7:50'ish pace. I started thinking about Dan (Morey1) and figured he was running 7:30's or 7:40's. If I were to keep up with his pace I would have to sustain this pace for a little while longer.

Mile 8 I hit a wall. My quads were barking. I was running out of Go Juice. I took a gel and a shot of water and decided I was just coast the last 5 miles. Well, just as I was reevaluating my pace a guy ran up along side of me and asked me about my M-dot tattoo. He asked if I really did an ironman. I said, "Yep". he said..."Cool". He then continued to tell me how much respect he has for people who can do triathlon etc. He was trying to qualify for Boston and is a 3:20 marathoner. He was obviously faster and fresher than me because he kept talking and asking questions. Basically he was dragging me to the finsih line At HIS PACE. I could barely keep up with him, but he kept talking and asking questions. Next thing I know I'm rounding the corner and heading towards the finish line.

As I get approach the finish shoot my wife is standing there yelling..."WE'RE GOING TO NEW YORK!!!". Whooopie-deeeed-doooo!!! She finished just over 1:35, two minutes to spare for qualification. She ended taking 2nd place overall female.
Post race
Warm down:

As I crossed the finish line and hit the stop on my Garmin it showed a time of 1:40. As I walked through the shut to get my timing chip taken off the race officials were telling all the finishers that the course was long by .3 miles, and actually GPS'd at 13.41 miles. I looked at my own GPS reading and sure enough it was 13.4 miles. Oh well. With the distance correction I finished at 1:38:05, which beats my own PR by almost 7 minutes.

If it were not for me trying to "pace" my wife AND for that stranger who kept pulling me the last 5 miles I would have not come close to a PR. I haven't been putting in the training like I should. And now I'm paying the price. It feels like I've been kicked all over my body by a German Rugby team.




Last updated: 2007-04-02 12:00 AM
Running
01:38:05 | 13.1 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/35
Overall: 0/350
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat with a few hills.
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2007-04-02 10:15 AM

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2007-04-02 10:20 AM
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That's awesome.  I was telling Dan that sometimes you have to make the decision during the race but that you have to find the things that will motivate you to get the most out of yourself on race day.  For you it was chasing your wife (always a good thing!) and a stranger pulling you along.  Way to roll with it and hang on for a PR!

 

2007-04-02 10:27 AM
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Leave it to you to bring out the Mack-Daddy HR monitor!

Seriously, great work by wifey to not only qaulify with time in the bank but to rack up some hardware ... yeah!

2007-04-02 10:56 AM
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought a lot about you on Saturday as I was turning over the concrete blocks.

AMEN.  I tried to imagine us shoulder to shoulder when I attempted my epic push.  That's what got me into trouble at 12-12.5 and I had to stop for a second.  After looking at your splits, you had me at "on your mark"    GREAT effen job!

I really could've used some distraction at 8-10, as that's when it started to get iffy for me.

Honestly, I thought you had maybe 7:50-8:00 in you based on past performances and minimal training.  I kept the avg. as close to 7:50 as possible near the end thinking that would keep us close.  What a buffoon I am, you murdered that thing.  I am impressed. 

Don't look now, but... 

....You are a runner!!!!

2007-04-02 12:46 PM
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Haha...the beginning of your RR was soooo funny (the part about your wife taking off). I was picturing it and, in my mind, it was hysterical!

You ran a great race. Good job on slowing down when you knew you needed to, and that's great that other runner pulled you along at his pace...I'm sure it helped you keep your mind off of how you were feeling.

You did an awesome job, and congrats to your wife on qualifying for NYC. I got a little teary-eyed when I read that...but I'm emotional when it comes to sports .

NICE WORK!

2007-04-02 8:34 PM
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that is soo cool.. i really liked the story of the guy who asked about your m dot... its so funny that a the completion of a IM doesn't make you God.. . but the inspriation it provides leads you to those who ARE faster .. and push harder on the shorter distances.. and bring you along because of it...   Noone is a IM for life in the race.. but the inspiration it provides is a lifetime of drivers... amazing comment you made.. its exactly the inspiration I needed..  thank you...!!   Oh and good freaking fast running btw!!


2007-04-02 9:13 PM
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Hey everyone, Oipolloi's got a "fast" wife

Great race!

2007-04-02 9:16 PM
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McFuzz - 2007-04-02 9:13 PM

Hey everyone, Oipolloi's got a "fast" wife

Great race!

Eeeaaaaaasssyy there Mike.

2007-04-03 2:46 PM
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I bet the heart monitor info will be really interesting!!! So we should be able to see the point where you decide to just chill, and then the random dude comes up to you and presses you faster!

I am so amazed by your pace. You really are a great athlete-and you definitely have the right mind-set when you race-even when you're helping your speedy wife out Great job! And tell your wife congrats! What a great accomplishment for her. 1:35. Dang. Add about an hour to that, and that will be my half mary pace.

2007-04-04 3:15 PM
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Nice job, michael! Great race and great race report!
Did you catch the strangers' name at the end of the race? Did he cross the finish line with you?
It's amazing what distractions can get us through... I think that's the purpose of mantras, but conversation is much more helpful!
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2007-04-04 3:54 PM
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great race man. 


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