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Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Jacksonville, Florida
United States
1st Place Sports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 58m 43s
Overall Rank = 179/559
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 25/73
Pre-race routine:

I stayed up too late then woke up before my alarm went off.(5:10am) Coffee, peanut butter toast. Watched the weather to see that the humidity was 97%, the temp was 75, and it was raining. Drove to meet my running partner.
Event warmup:

Stood around in the rain.
  • 1h 58m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

We took it easy and talked alot during the first half. It got down right hot whenever it stopped raining so I was glad that the rain continued for most of the race.

I was getting itchy to pick up the pace but decided to wait until the 10 mile marker. I felt good when I started going faster. I GU'd and drank plenty so I could keep it up.

I came up behind 3 Marines (young guys) and tossed out some smack talk:
Me: "You guys aren't going to let and old Sailor beat you are you?"
Them: No answer
Me: *as I am picking it up a little* "I am talking OLD here! Did I mention I was a Sailor?"
Them: Still quiet.
Me: "See Ya!"

I kept up my pace and chuckled to myself (and looked behind a couple times)

I don't think anyone passed me in the last three miles but I was knocking off a lot of other runners. I felt really good. I had been holding back for awhile. My pace varied a bit depending on terrain and traffic but I tried to keep it fast without blowing up too soon.

The last .1 miles was in the mud. My focus was not to fall and to keep up my speed. I made it over the timing mats and fought with my chip to remove it.

I grabbed a couple beers and went back towards the finish line to see my running partner come in.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster in the beginning. I sandbagged it for too long.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a bunch of free beer. Stopped at a couple cycling stores on the way home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't have in as many running miles as this time last year. I sandbagged the beginning. I should have tried to keep a ~8:30 pace from the start.

Last updated: 2007-10-01 12:00 AM
01:58:43 | 13.1 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/73
Overall: 179/559
Performance: Good
Average HR 156 Max 188 avg 9:12 min/mile for the first 10 miles. avg ~8 min/mile for miles 11-13. avg HR 174 Max 188
Course: Mostly flat except for three bridges.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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

2007-10-08 8:31 AM

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Orange Park Florida
Subject: Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon

2007-10-08 2:12 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon
Nice run, Mike!  I like the smack talk with the Marines.  I'm assuming you beat them?
2007-10-08 9:33 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon
You run like I do!  No matter how long the run, I always hold back and then let loose the fury on the last few miles.  Great race and I, personally, like your smack talk. I can't believe they didn't bite!
2007-10-09 3:48 AM
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