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Denver, Colorado
United States
Buckhorn Exchange
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 51m 45s
Overall Rank = 272/822
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 34/77
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6:30. Shower, two cups of coffee, relaxed, easy morning. Took two Advil, made a bottle of Accelerade, english muffin w/ peanut butter, and a banana. Put Bio-Freeze on the calves and knees. Left the house at 7:15, down to catch Light Rail to starting line by 7:30. Race start at 9:00 am
Event warmup:

Lots of time before start - stretched a bit, 10 minutes of light jogging warmup. Slammed an E-gel right before start.
Run
  • 1h 51m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

Started feeling perfect. First 2 miles - 7:58 pace. Miles 3 to 4 - 8:03 pace. Miles 5-6-7 - 8:10 to 8:16 pace. Mile 8...8:26...mile 9..8:29.....and that's about the end of the story. Got progressively worse from there. I think I went out just fine, and my pace was in definite sync with my HR zones. I was supposed to be running sub-threshold, which is 178, and I was hovering right around 170-173 for about 5-6 miles.
Had a plan to take gels at 45 and 90 min. I took the first one, which was around mile 6 I think (wanted to wait till there was water available). It started to really get bad after the halfway mark though. I'm not sure exactly why, because my HR actually went DOWN from there. I tried to tell my legs to pick it up because I know my engine could handle it. The cardio was never the point - it was the goddam legs!! I started to get blisters, even though I used the Body Glide on my feet, my quads felt like they were shrinking as I ran. I have never felt that kind of leg pain before. Quads all the way up to hip flexors were miserably tight, and I could not get them to move like I wanted to. I pressed on through it, didn't walk at all, but I was hating life for the last 5 or 6 miles. I was on pace for a 1:44 race, and by all practical purposes, I should have hit that easily with my conditioning thus far. The whole run was on concrete paths, which may have negatively affected me as well - that's quite a beating to take.
i guess I shouldn't complain too much, it's early season, and this run was my longest so far, at my hardest effort so far.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely need to work on the upper portion of the legs. It's funny - what I thought would be limiting me, my right foot plantar fasciitis issue, and my calves - were perfect! But I think I realized that I have been neglecting the stretching and conditioning of the rest of my legs, focusing only on the parts that have been giving me trouble. Well - live and learn huh? Feel like SHIT today, legs are killing me, I have TWO black toes, a mondo blister, and a sunburn to boot! Why does it always take one or two events to pull my head out of my ass and remember how to do this stuff?? I really gotta spend more time in my newly defined training zones as well. I have been training too high, and I think my legs were just pissed off yesterday. My mind and cardio system said "GO! You got this! We feel great!!" My legs' response -- "FUCK YOU"...
Post race
Warm down:

Sitting on the curb, trying not to cry from my legs hurting so much. Pretty much collapsed underneath me at the finish. Very telling on my strength and stretching regimen (or lack of) for the big muscles in the legs.
Free beer, crappy undercooked hamburgers, and a massage followed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Legs - quads and flexors, specifically. Will definitely spend more time developing and nurturing them.

Event comments:

Shouldn't bitch too much. Had an 8:30ish pace, but I really wanted 8 or better. It is early on, and this was definitely an eye-opener for me. I have to spend more time in the lower zones, and focus on maintaining muscle fitness in more than just my calves. I've been so deadset on getting my PF better that I kinda forgot I have other muscles to deal with. Next race will smoke though...I feel it!


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Last updated: 2007-04-02 12:00 AM
Running
01:51:45 | 13.1 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 34/77
Overall: 272/822
Performance: Below average
MAX - 182 Avg - 171
Course: Mostly flat, concrete path. A few "hills" at underpasses, etc.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
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] 3

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2007-04-02 11:54 AM

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2007-04-02 12:09 PM
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congrats on a great race! LOL, I had leg issues too....they were super heavy!  Bummer that I didn't meet you yesterday, but will look for the man in the Polar gear at other races!
2007-04-02 12:10 PM
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Way to fight through it to the finish.  And good evaluation of where to go from here.
2007-04-02 12:12 PM
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It was nice to meet you before the race. My race went to sh*t after mile 9 too, so I can comiserate Hopefully we BOTH learned some things to put to use next time.
2007-04-02 12:29 PM
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Too bad everything didn't go as planned, but better to have it happen now, earlier in the year. And it sounds like there have been some other issues to overcome with the PF so I wouldn't worry about it all that much. Good to meet you before hte race. I think I made it into 2 of your pictures....or at least the back of my head did (black hat).
2007-04-02 2:48 PM
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Despite the leg issues you ran a great race!


2007-04-02 3:12 PM
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himself - 2007-04-02 11:29 AM Too bad everything didn't go as planned, but better to have it happen now, earlier in the year. And it sounds like there have been some other issues to overcome with the PF so I wouldn't worry about it all that much. Good to meet you before hte race. I think I made it into 2 of your pictures....or at least the back of my head did (black hat).

Thanks!  Good to meet you guys too - I pretty much hit that wall right after I was running with you around that golf course detour.  I knew I was in trouble when you all pulled away and I couldn't move the ol' stumps to keep up with ya!  See you around this year hopefully! 

2007-04-02 4:04 PM
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Wow, you were in that much pain, ran your longest ever at your hardest ever and STILL averaged 8:30 miles?!?!? That's impressive! And take this as how to move forward - you'll have a great race one of these days and you'll look back at how miserable you were at this one and laugh 
2007-04-02 4:09 PM
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dennyf - 2007-04-02 1:12 PM

himself - 2007-04-02 11:29 AM Too bad everything didn't go as planned, but better to have it happen now, earlier in the year. And it sounds like there have been some other issues to overcome with the PF so I wouldn't worry about it all that much. Good to meet you before hte race. I think I made it into 2 of your pictures....or at least the back of my head did (black hat).

Thanks!  Good to meet you guys too - I pretty much hit that wall right after I was running with you around that golf course detour.  I knew I was in trouble when you all pulled away and I couldn't move the ol' stumps to keep up with ya!  See you around this year hopefully! 



I think you did great!! Way to keep at it...next time will be much easier...or at least that is what I have been told. I just wish you would have had issues on a training day and not a race day. Hang in there!!
2007-04-02 4:47 PM
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There were only a few people that could actually say they got faster as they went on. I know my first half was good too and then I started dropping off mile after mile from about 7 on. Of course that last little "hill" doesn't help much being right at the end.

I think you did great. Your overall pace was only a few scant seconds slower than you had been running until 10. Nothing to be ashamed of. I think it's important to have 'indicator' races to see where you are and what to work on during the rest of the season. I'd say it was a great start.
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