Sunday, May 08, 2005

Old Town Ft. Collins Half Marathon

This mother's day, several friends and I ran the Old Town Ft. Collins Half and Full Marathon. I ran the half. Here's my race report with format borrowed from the Incline club.

Race Name: Old town half
Race Location: Ft Collins, CO
Race Date: May 8, 2005
Race Distance: 13.1 miles
My Goal: beat last year's time with a 1:25
My Race Time: 1:24.23

General Summary:
The old town half marathon is run on a fast course that is down hill or flat for most of the way. There is only one moderate hill about 6 miles into the race. Towards the end it seems like there are several hills as the bike path undulates over a bridge and under some streets, but you'd probably not notice these hills unless you were running a marathon.

Things Done Right:
My training over the winter with track and tempo sessions over the past couple of months seems to have paid off. My race morning "breakfast" of a cliff bar and cytomax sat well and gave me plenty of energy during the race.

Things Done Wrong:
I started out faster than my goal pace of 6:30/mile. I probably should have slowed down through the middle aid stations to drink more since I only drank 3 mouthfuls of water during the race.

Any other stuff:
The weather was perfect with a temperature just under 60 degrees with cloud cover. We had a tail wind for most of the course except for a brief section of head wind on the dog leg section.

MileSplitAvg HRMax HR