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Hershey, Pennsylvania
United States
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 42m 32s
Overall Rank = 257/3925
Age Group = M35-44
Age Group Rank = 72/495
Pre-race routine:

Warmed up with a 1/2 mile easy run about 15 minutes before the start.
Run
  • 1h 42m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile
Comments:

This was my first open half marathon. I've done 5 half Ironman races, but never a HM. Based on my training, I expected to run about 1:50 (8:20 pace), and planned to run negative splits to achieve that, starting at about 8:30-8:40. Instead, I completed the first mile in 8:25. I felt good, and my HR was staying in the low 160's, but still held back a little the first half, completing the first 10K at a 7:55 pace with an avg HR of 159 (mid zone 3). At this point, I decided to start picking up the pace a little. By 10 miles, things were getting uncomfortable, but I knew I was going to be able to blow my goal time out of the water, so I just hung on. I was able to turn the last 10K at a 7:33 pace with an avg HR of 166.
What would you do differently?:

In hindsight, I think I could have gone deeper into the pain cave sooner, and possibly flirted with breaking 1:40. Even though I hurt at the end, it wasn't anything like the kind of pain I've experienced the last few miles of my best half iron races.

Interestingly, my average heart rate for this race was 162. My average for the bike and run combined at Nations Tri (approximately the last 1:55 of the race) was 163. I feel this backs up my belief that I could have pushed a little harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around a little, then stretched.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience running an open half marathon.




Last updated: 2012-06-23 12:00 AM
Running
01:42:32 | 13.1 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 72/495
Overall: 257/3925
Performance: Good
Course: Flat-to-rolling, mostly on asphalt.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 3

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2012-10-29 6:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Hershey Half Marathon
We visited the Hershey Park several years ago and I LOVED it!  Does this HM take place inside the park?  If so, I may have to add it to my bucket list of races!
2012-10-29 7:50 AM
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BAMBAM66 - 2012-10-29 7:11 AMWe visited the Hershey Park several years ago and I LOVED it!  Does this HM take place inside the park?  If so, I may have to add it to my bucket list of races!
Yes, this is a fantastic course. The start is just outside the park, and it goes through the park, then out onto some country roads, back through town, and eventually finishes inside Hershey Stadium. This race should be on everyone's to do list.
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