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Boulder Backroads Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
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75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 52m 23s
Overall Rank = 324/1332
Age Group = M45-54
Age Group Rank = 36/109
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am after 4.5 hours of sleep, to drive to Boulder for early registration. There, just wandered around aimlessly in freezing wind. Picked up registration packet. Met up with Mike Ricci. Saw Matt off for his full marathon.
Event warmup:

None. Just tried to avoid hypothermia in wind.
  • 1h 52m 23s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile

The first two miles were at 10:30 pace due to crowds & starting too far back. Spent much of this time running on side of road trying to pass people. Since this was just a training day, spent the run enjoying myself and chatting with Mike Ricci & Kirk MacDonald. Felt great, and pleased with result after 5 hour bike the day before....
What would you do differently?:

Start toward front of pack. It was nice to pass people the entire morning, but it was a bit silly after awhile.
Post race
Warm down:

Welcomed Kirk across the line for a new PB, spoke with friends, then just drove Mike home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Starting position, plus the simple fact that this was a training run for Kona, not a race. Also, stopped to pee in a porta-potty, which added time to the clock. Finally, if I don't go on a long ride the day before, and actually prepare for a half-marathon, the results will probably improve.

Finally, stayed up until 1am the night before eating crappy food, drinking tons of alcohol-free beer, and dancing. That couldn't have helped matters any!

Event comments:

This is a wonderful race, although it appears to have lost some participants over last year. Hopefully that will pick up again next year. Just really an enjoyable morning.

Last updated: 2007-10-01 12:00 AM
01:52:23 | 13.1 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/109
Overall: 324/1332
Performance: Good
Course: Nice little out & back, primarily on dirt roads, but including some pavement. Very pretty with rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2007-10-01 7:47 PM

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