Sunday, March 29, 2009

Whidbey Island Marathon 2009 Race Report

7am, Whidbey Island, WA
Temperature: 41F-46F, Sunny
Humidity: 70%-63%

Notes(General):
- Quality race T shirt: one of the best I've gotten
- Probably the most challenging course I've run. Even tougher than Seafair because of the late hills. I have no complains however because the course is very scenic and it's pretty obvious from the reputation of this race that it's not a PR course.
- Mile markers were here and there but this is the first course ever that my Garmin measured as exactly 26.22 miles!
- Surprisingly there were some people cheering which is neat for a rural course.
- During the final few miles you encounter walkers and half runners. This can be good and bad. Also, these miles are an out and back so you're just pining to start heading back.
- You see the finish line around mile 17. Ouch!
- I would recommend running this marathon for the satisfaction of completing a difficult marathon.

Notes(Race):
- Considering the rain leading up to the race it was amazing that the sun was out for the run. When I started driving at 4am it was snowing!
- The tendon connecting my right ankle began to hurt right from the start. I had no issues with in coming in so perhaps some warming up would have helped. I had considered dropping out but it would just be a hassle to get back to the start and my car at the finish. I did realize that running on would probably result in a few days off from running (I was correct - my ankle was swollen to the size of a tennis ball the day after). I spent some time during miles 3 and 4, trying to stretch out the ankle but that did not really help.
- I ran into some friendly maniacs during the first few miles. I hope I did not offend them by not being able to chat with them since I wasn't feeling that great.
- I had intended to take pics during my run but I soon realized that getting a 3:45 would not be easy and with my ankle issues I did not want to have to stop and start often...
- There were some strong headwinds to contend with especially during the middle miles - no complains however - SUN :)
- I ran into a friend running the half (this was a nice surprise).
- I just achieved my goal of not PWing with 25 sec to spare.


Splits

mile 1: 8:42
mile 2: 8:41
mile 3: 9:53 (-0.01)
mile 4: 9:09 (+0.02)
mile 5: 9:08 (-0.04)
mile 6: 8:17 (+0.02)
mile 7: 8:28 (+0.02)
mile 8: 9:13 (+0.02)
mile 9: 8:41 (+0.03)
mile 10: 8:33 (+0.03)
mile 11: 8:20
mile 12: 8:33
mile 13: 8:52 (+0.07)
mile 14: 6:38 (-0.21)
mile 15: 8:26
mile 16: 9:14 (+0.07)
mile 17: 8:33
mile 18: 8:48 (-0.01)
mile 19: 8:31 (+0.01)
mile 20: 8:27 (-0.01)
mile 21: 8:13 (-0.01)
mile 22: 8:46 (+0.02)
mile 23: 8:55
mile 24: 8:24
mile 25: 8:29
mile 26: 7:27 (-0.09)
.22: 2:14 (+0.07)

Results:

Time: 3:45:24 @ 8:36
OA: 63/282
Male: 51/165
AG: 10/16

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mercer Island Half marathon 2009 report

9am, Mercer Island, WA
Temperature: 46F, Cloudy
Humidity: 76%

MI:
- Well organized
- Expensive for a half marathon ($60) with no medals
- Scenic but hilly course
- Local Seattle area race
- Mile markers are incorrect
- Only water and no sports drink on course. I don't care but the for $60...
- Finish food was iffy





Before the run
- I had a DNS due to injury last year. Ran a 1:37 in 2007.
- Had a sore right quad and left calf going into the run

Run
- Chuck spotted me limbing during my warm-up and asked me to start a bit slower.
- Felt decent all through
- The "off" mile markers had me incorrectly optimistic. I had though I would get a PR.
- Saw Chuck at the finish line.
- Very nice post-race party at Dan's!

Splits:
mile 1: 7:12 (-0.02)
mile 2: 7:20
mile 3: 7:04
mile 4: 6:56 (-0.01)
mile 5: 6:58 (+0.01)
mile 6: 7:08
mile 7: 7:06
mile 8: 7:07 (-0.01)
mlle 9: 7:04 (-0.01)
mile 10: 7:26
mile 11: 7:02 (-0.01)
mile 12: 7:23
mile 13: 7:12
mile .11: 2:06 (+0.16)

Results:
Chip - 1:34:59 @ 7:15
Clock - 1:35:18
OA - 151/1619
Male - 124/820
Div - 29/124

Sunday, March 15, 2009

TTRC St Patrick's Day 10k Race Report

10:45am, Yorktown Heights, NY
Weather: 46F, 50% (Sunny)

Random thoughts:

- Well organized
- Reasonable entry fee ($20 single, $35 family)
- Convenient late start (10:45am), with an earlier 2 mile option
- Difficult course: Hills and some trail sections: Not condusive to a PR
- Markers may have been inaccurate
- Two loop course in FDR park
- Free beer at the end
- Raffle at the end, along with a grand raffle prize of a trip to Ireland
- Results posted very quickly along with some pics.
- All in all a fun race

mile 1: 6:40 (+:04)
mile 2: 6:50 (+:05)
mile 3: 7:01 (+:13)
mile 4: 7:02 (+:03)
mile 5: 6:52 (+:05)
mile 6: 6:40 (+:13)
.22: : 1:34

Final: 43:31 @ 7:01
OA: 26/211
Male: 24/127
AG: 5/25

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Skagit Symphony Smelt run 10k 2009

I had not been able to get past my official 10k PR of 43:30 at the 2005 Malden Rotary 10k for a while... I don't run too many 10ks and I seem to run into all sorts of obstacles when I do run them (heat, hills, humidity...).

Based on my recent tempo runs it did look like I was in shape for a new 10k PR so I signed up for this race. I felt hopeful that I would be able to maintain a 6:30-6:40 pace...

As usual I started off a bit fast. Jason who is way faster than me was behind me for a bit. For the middle miles I ran with an elderly guy (perhaps 55+) who went on to leave me in the dust :) My excuse I had not still recovered from my tempo run on Thursday (still sore)... That did tell for the last couple of miles when my legs just felt dead. From mile 4.5-5.5 my pace had dropped to the 7:15s amidst a headwind and a slight climb before I picked it up.

All in all:
- A nice course
- Very well organized
- Nice cause
- Good post race food (cake etc.)
- Fun run

mile 1: 6:23
mile 2: 6:30
mile 3: 6:37
mile 4: 6:41
mile 5: 6:50
mile 6: 6:53
mile .22: 1:36 @ 6:43

Time: 41:30 @ 6:40

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