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XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run - RunHalf Marathon

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Oconee, Georgia
United States
40sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 01m 19s
Overall Rank = 40/
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/
Pre-race routine:

Slept in (for me any way) till 6. Woke up without the aide of an alarm due to the noon race start (nice). Ate pancakes, a glass of skim milk, and sipped a bottle of cytomax while getting dressed. Packed and left to start the 2 hour drive the race. Got pulled over on the way to the race. This was pretty comical since I very seldom drive over the speed limit. Fortunately for me the cop gave me the break after asking about the US Army Retired sticker on my truck. I thanked him graciously, and went on my way. Cops, I love those guys!....hard job ....and everybody hates them until they need one.....Not me. Still arrived in plenty of time.
Event warmup:

Picked up my race number, said hello to Matt and Sarah R. and then jogged for about 15 minutes. Also ran into Mindy and her husband and chatted for a few.
  • 2h 01m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 16s  min/mile

Course was much more technical than I figured it would be. Although there were no major elevation changes, the course was very hilly, with multiple short steep climbs throughout. Short steep downhills were also plentiful. Fallen leaves added some additional treachery to the stumps, erosion trenches, roots and infinate number of fist sized boulders.
It was pretty obvious that I went too fast on the first lap, since I could not get my HR below 165. So I decided to slow way down, lower my HR to the 150-155 range. Once I did this I slowly increased my pace. I never really established a goal but thought I should be able to run it in under 2 hours (My usual half time is in the mid 1:40s. But that wasn't to be today. I was surprised to find that I was 3rd in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Not start so fast. Wear my Vasque's for better stability instead of my PI Trail shoes.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked for a few to cool down. Stretched my legs, then changed into warmer clothes since it drizzled, the temperature dropped into the high 30s about three quarters through the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really. Hey, it's a trail run, they're hard.

Event comments:

Great race. Thanks to the Marines that volunteered to support the race! Great job! (Even if they are part of the Navy ha..ha....)

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Last updated: 2007-11-16 12:00 AM
02:01:19 | 13.1 miles | 09m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/
Overall: 40/
Performance: Good
Course: Two loop course. Loop 1 six miles, and Loop 2 ran the same route then detoured around mile 9 which added some additional distance to make the full 13.1
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2007-11-25 5:59 PM

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Subject: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run

2007-11-25 8:06 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
Subject: RE: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run

Yikes... I gotta figure if you think it's tough than us mere mortals would really find it challenging!  I'm glad it worked out for you so you could race this weekend. 

Nice job out there today.  Congratulations on the hardware oh, and on sweet talking your way out of that ticket .

2007-11-26 8:36 AM
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Subject: RE: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run
Nice job on such an ankle turning course!!!  AND it was cold. Brrrr!  Thought my race in the 50s was cold! Haha!!!  Sweet hardware!! You must have a spare bedroom dedicated to all your hardware.  Again...nice job!
2007-11-26 8:57 AM
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Winder, GA
Subject: RE: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run
Great work, David and congrats on your hardware! Now I know for sure that it was a hard course if you also said it was difficult! And I'm glad I didn't just imagine the temperature drop (it definitely felt colder when it started raining.) It was good to see you before the race! Enjoy your rest day.
2007-11-26 9:07 AM
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Roswell, GA
Subject: RE: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run
9:16 miles on a tough, technical course?  You're a baaad man.
2007-11-27 6:53 AM
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Subject: RE: XTERRA Oconee Heritage 1/2 Marathon Trail Run
Great job on the race! Sounds like it was very challenging. Congrats on the hardware!

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