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Heart Center of the Rockies - RunHalf Marathon


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Loveland/Boyd Lake State Park, Colorado
United States
30F / -1C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 17m 52s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Bagel with PB & J, banana, gatorade
Event warmup:

Potty stop and stretching
Run
  • 2h 17m 52s
  • 13.4 miles
  • 10m 17s  min/mile
Comments:

The run was on a beautiful, crisp fall day. The course was described as trails and road, but the trails turned out to be concrete bike paths. I HATE concrete, but it didn't turn out to be so bad. I started out fast with COgirl and Trixie for the first mile until I decided to let them go ahead, and then ran the first 6 miles at 10:00 mile pace. I maintained close to that until about mile 9 when I slowed down a bit. I then tried to kick it up for miles 10- 11 and ended up with a HUGE, knife in the ribs, side stitch that I couldn't breathe through. It took a 1/2 mile of slowing down to make it ease up. I then decided that mile 12-13 would just have to hurt, that it was only 10:00 and it wouldn't kill me. The race results said that the course was long at 13.4 miles.

My legs felt fantastic the entire race and weren't totally fatigued at the end. I felt as if I could have run for another 5 miles. I feel as if I trained right for this race.
What would you do differently?:

Dial in my nutrition a little better. I only did one gel at 1:15 and about 10oz of water, but I still got the side pain. I've got to figure that one out. Otherwise, it felt great.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with my Dad who came to cheer and saw COgirl, Drew, Trixie, and other BT'rs. It was nice to see them!

Event comments:

Only 2 aid stations on this course, but you saw them both twice, so about every 3 miles.
Poor post race activities. Only pancakes to eat, but no water or gatorade to be seen and no fruit.

I had left my jacket tied around a tree at the start and when I went back to get it, it was gone. I was told they collected all the clothing from the race already and were taking it to Runners Roost in Ft. Collins(about a 2 hour drive for me). I can't figure out why they didn't take it to the finish.





Last updated: 2007-11-03 12:00 AM
Running
02:17:52 | 13.4 miles | 10m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop course with about a million little squiggles and pigtail loops to try to make the distance. Mostly concrete bike paths and roads.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2007-11-05 5:50 PM

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2007-11-06 6:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart Center of the Rockies
Great job!!! Your running distance has improved so much.  I'm jelous.   Keep at it.  Good luck on the Chatfield 10 miler if you do it.  And mark the date of Rudolphs Revenge 10k at Chatfield.  That will be my next run.  For us short distance runners.
2007-11-06 6:44 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart Center of the Rockies
Nice race Mel!  Too bad about the jacket.
2007-11-07 9:28 AM
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2007-11-08 10:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart Center of the Rockies
Bummer about the jacket, but nice solid run.  Keep up the good work this winter.
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