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Hurricane Half Marathon

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Nov 02, 2005



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Running Accomplishments:

5K: 15:41-Portland Track Festival 2010

10K: 31:34-Linfield College (Track) 2012

10 Mile: 51:57-Pear Blossom 2009

1/2 Marathon: 1:10:42-Foot Traffic Flat 2010

Marathon: 2:29:35-Newport 2013

50K: 3:48:06-Weiser River 50K 2021

Short-Term Running Goals:

Next Race:

12-hour race, sometime in 2021

100 mile race, sometime...

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 1:10 Half Marathon

Sub 2:30 Marathon

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2 mile warm up on the track, 4x400 repeat and 1 mile cool down.  I felt good.  Splits were:

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1 mile easy, 2 mile tempo.  The tempo wasn't as fast as I would have liked, but it was okay.

Tempo Time: 10:41

Pace: 5:21


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Race: Hurricane Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:14:59, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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So it wasn't the best time ever by any means, but for today it was good enough.  I got to the start and jogged a bit to loosen up.  They didn't start on time which is slightly annoying, but no big deal.  They were only off by 5 minutes or so.  Anyway it was super windy, so the first 6 miles were slow, but I was kind of okay with that.  I wanted to go out more controlled then I have in the past.  As a whole I played this race much smarter then the past couple: i.e. I actually ate some breakfast before the race so I had some energy, I drafted when it was slow instead of blazing my own trail and I went out controlled at the gun.  It helped that the wind was there, otherwise I'm sure others would have gone out quicker and I most likely would have followed.

With the wind as it was, I drafted behind Clyde Behunin for the first 2 miles in 2nd place, then I passed and blocked the wind from 2 to 4.  Sucked for him because my skinny body doesn't do much blocking....  He and I traded off and on, sharing the load and leading the way until mile 10.  At this point, knowing that a P.R. was out of reach, I decided to see how quickly I could do a 5K after having run 10 miles.  I was at 58:14 at the 10 mile mark, so I pushed it for 3 miles to see what I could do.  My finishing time was 1:14:59, so the final 5K was done in 16:45.  My last 3 miles splits were: 5:25, 5:47 (the hill past the bridge), 5:15.  It's not the easiest 3 miles, so I was pleased with my efforts, especially the last mile.

All in all, I am happy with the quick finish, but would have liked a better time overall.  Having said that, it's nice to feel good after a race (my body feels great, the best it's ever felt after a half marathon) and a win is always enjoyable.  I can't wait until next year.  Oh yeah, and on top of winning, I got $50 bucks and a free pair of Asics running shoes.  Not too bad.....

Speedstar (legs handled the lighter shoes/hilly course/pavement just fine).

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