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Total Time = 2h 56m 12s
Overall Rank = 6031/6084
Age Group = F40-49
Age Group Rank = 597/605
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 3 a.m. showered and embarked on the 2+ hour drive to Melbourne for the race. Drank water on the way down in the car.
Event warmup:

Light stretch and jog prior to lining up for my wave start.
Run
  • 2h 56m 12s
  • 21.42 kms
  • 08m 16s  min/km
Comments:

This was my first half marathon so I went into it with no expectations. I set myself three goals, to finish, run sub 3 hours and run the entire way. I had been worried all week about having a panic attack at the start line like I did for my Moama 10K but thankfully it did not happen. The start was pretty non eventful and I just tried to hold my ground amongst a sea of people without losing my footing. By the 3K mark I was actually starting to tire, I wasn't expecting the course to be so hilly. By the 5K mark and the first big hill the field had spread right out and I managed to find my stride. At that stage my legs were feeling heavy and I wasn't sure I'd be able to meet my goal of running the full distance so I just tried to concentrate on one hill and one km at a time. By the 9k mark I started to tighten up and being afraid of cramping I started taking in some electrolyte at the aid stations. At the 14k mark I passed my mum and had gotten my second wind. At the 17k mark I was reduced to a shuffle trying to get up heartbreak hill for the second and last time. I ended up dropping back to a walk and striding out for 30 secs to stretch out my legs. Once I hit the top of the hill I took off again. By the 19k mark I was in a world of pain but I was determined to run the last 2k. I kicked at the 20k mark and passed a couple of people to finish as strong as I could.
What would you do differently?:

My lead up had not been ideal, for a fortnight before hand I had done no training and eaten poorly. I was also carrying more weight that I would have hoped, so next time I am hoping to rectify the situation.
Post race
Warm down:

Light stretch then a 2+ hour drive home!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fitness and muscle/leg strength & endurance.

Event comments:

The event was amazing, so well organised and an incredible atmosphere. The volunteers were great, encouraging and supportive of all the competitors. I cannot wait to do it again next year!




Last updated: 2013-01-04 12:00 AM
Running
02:56:12 | 21.42 kms | 08m 16s  min/km
Age Group: 597/605
Overall: 6031/6084
Performance: Good
See my training log for details.
Course: The course was composed of a 10K loop which took you through the heart of Melbourne, along Flinders Street, through Federation Square, Bateman Ave, etc. It was undulating and hilly, with two big long climbs and several shorter choppy climbs. It was a lot hillier than I expected.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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