Parking was incredibly easy, with numerous empty parking garages and on street parking. Packet pickup was at the Holiday Inn, so I parked in the garage attached to the Holiday Inn. I was the only person parked on the top floor. As soon as I entered someone asked if I was running and showed me to the conference room. Once I had my number attached I stretched and waited. The 5k was first, and Renee from Renee's Ramblings was calling the start. Then it was time for the Half Marathon to start.
|Hat and Medal (Pic from Renee's Ramblings)|
The first 2 miles of the course were hilly (and it takes a lot for me to call something hilly). However, it seemed the downhill was steeper and longer than the uphill. My mile 1 split was 8:25 (mostly uphill) and my mile 2 split was 6:57 (mostly downhill). At around mile 3 the course goes off the street and onto bike paths. The bike path was not a problem because at this point most people have been sorted out by pace. It was on the bike path that I began to focus on my form.
Once on the bike path a lot of back and forth was happening with a group of about 5. I knew if they dropped me it would be a long, slow day. I stuck with them and at about mile 5 one woman started to break away. I was singularly focused on staying with her and what a lucky break for me. She did splits of 8:11, 8:10, 8:01, 8:10, 7:54, 8:08 (miles 5-10). And some of this was in traffic! She was very consistent and I did everything I could to keep up. At one point I did get next to her and thank her for motivating me, she said my loud feet were motivation for her and then took off again. I tried to run softer.
The trails were very nice with lots of shade. The water stops also had Gatorade and a few had ice. At one station they wore cardboard signs saying "free ice" and "free water."
At mile 9 I took 2 Hammer Endurolytes (electrolyte supplement) and 2 Hammer Anti-Fatigue Caps (they "Scavenge excess ammonia to reduce fatigue"). I don't expect anything special when I take supplements, I think of them as helping to improve recovery. But this time was different. I've never done the Anti-Fatigue Caps before and I noticed an uptick in energy at about mile 11. Correction, not more energy but less pain. This was perfect timing because I was falling off the pace big time, 8:16 for mile 11 and slowing. I slowly passed the woman pacing me and she didn't keep up.
I hit the finish line in 1:45:56. Average pace was 8:09.
135 out of 484 total
107 out of 271 males
19 out of 34 age group
For my next race:
Focus on form from the start
Focus on running with a softer footfall
Try Anti-Fatigue Caps again, they seem to work
In training do some speed work, especially after my long runs
|2010 Rochester Half Marathon|