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Santa Clarita, California
United States
City of Santa Clarita, Arts and Events Office
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 31m 58s
Overall Rank = 1033/1373
Age Group = M44-49
Age Group Rank = 89/102
Pre-race routine:

Last meal was lunch the previous day. No dinner. Woke up, drank some Gatorade, and drove to the course.
Event warmup:

Short jog, maybe 1/4 mile, and I was good to go.
Run
  • 2h 31m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

The goal was to finish (not much of a goal since I knew I could) so the pace was slightly faster than my weekend long runs. Passed a guy receiving CPR, which was different. Nice run.
What would you do differently?:

The last mile had three pretty good "hills". I didn't go hard enough over them. Don't know what I was saving myself for.
Post race
Warm down:

Here's where I really blew it. After the race I walked around a very little bit. Then I stopped and re-fueled. Later my lower left leg got sore (both calf and shin). I figured that was just normal. What I didn't know until later was that fluid was building up down there and I was suffering something like compartment syndrome. It didn't go away until I did some bike riding over a week later.

Lesson learned: do not ignore the cool down after a long run. Keep walking. When I get home, elevate the legs. Go for a bike ride the next day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My longest run before the race had been 12 miles. I need to do longer long runs. Oh, and keep training.

Event comments:

Great support out on the course. Drinks every mile. Girl Scouts cheering us on ("Run like the wind!" was my favorite). Well-organized. Nice technical shirt. A friend who has done several halves and fulls said that this was one of the most enjoyable races he's entered and will do it (probably the full) next year.




Last updated: 2010-07-26 12:00 AM
Running
02:31:58 | 13.1 miles | 11m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 89/102
Overall: 102/1373
Performance: Average
Course: Gently rolling course on streets and bike paths.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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