Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lost Dutchman 1/2 Marathon Race Report!

Trying to absorb oxygen with my tongue @ Finish
I've ran more marathons than any other race distance.  I've ran 11 marathons, eight 5Ks, and two 10Ks.....and only 1 half marathon - as a training run.  Today, I raced my first half marathon, with awesome results.

Time: 89:17 (1:29:17 - but doesn't 89:17 sound faster?)
Pace: 6:49
Place: 16/1069 (Top 1.5%!)
AG Place: 3/28

Since the birth of my son in early December, I've talked about poop more than I thought humanly possible pulled back my running slightly.  I've been running approximately 35 miles a week with two speed days and long runs maxing out at 18 miles.  You can finish a marathon with this running (and I have), but honestly it was probably half marathon training.  Fortunately, the only race that I had locked down after my virtual race was just that - the Lost Dutchman Half Marathon.

The Lost Dutchman marathon has received a bit of notoriety over the last few years.  In between articles about 6 pack abs and meals with ingredients I've never heard of,  Runners World has consistently rated it as one of the top 10 small marathons in the United States.  One of the key reasons is that runners are greeted with old men walking their dogs in slippers and RVs as far as the eye can see cactus, dirt roads, and beautiful mountain views.

I honestly had a "Race Preview" post half typed up but I didn't get it out in time.  In summary, my strategy was to run the first half at a 6:45 pace and the second half at anything under 7 pace.  My time goals were as follows:
A Goal: Sub 1:30
B Goal: Sub 7:00 pace (1:31:42)
C Goal: Set a new PR at 1:39

The night before the race I colon loaded with home made lasagna and took to twitter asking about race shoes.  I was going back and forth in my head on wearing my Brooks Green Silence racing flats or my normal Brooks Adrenaline stability shoes. Most people agreed that the stability were the best bet - so I celebrated my decision making decisiveness with a bit of Iowa distilled whiskey on the rocks.

Mmm, carbo loading with small batch Rye whiskey

The morning of the race, I got ready and got out the door as fast as I could before the baby woke up.  BUT, remember that colon loading with the lasagna? Well, not only did I goto the bathroom at home, but I also sampled the facilities at the race.  Fortunately, that didn't dampen my spirit!

My excitement was almost uncontainable
I think two drops of pee came out


Miles 1-3: Was that the gun? Shit, yep, run! In spite of the starters gun going off a few seconds late, the race started without a hitch.  I fell into 15th or so place and started cranking out my 6:45/pace miles.  However, instead of 6:45, they were closer to 6:30.  Fortunately, someone put a huge hill around mile 2 to slow me down......

Miles 3-6.5: Who the hell put THIS here!?  These miles were TOUGH - tougher than pooping after a cheese tasting.  Possibly the toughest of the race.  There was a massive hill around mile 5.5 that sucked the life out of me.  I saw my pace go from 6:38 to 7:15 in a hurry.  In fact, at the turn around which was the crest of the biggest hill, I took a 5-10 second walk break.  So, the people who say that walking in a race makes you not a racer, can kiss my sub 1:30 ass.

Miles 6.5-11: What goes up, must come down.  Fortunately, the race was an out and back so I was immediately greeted by a full mile downhill.  I used the time to lower my heart rate, dissect the Wisconsin budget issues and the merits of organized labor, and regain time lost while going UP that stupid, life sucking hill.

Miles 11-13.1: Outta the way!  The last few miles were mostly filled with mental calculations of split times and weaving in and out of the 10K, 8K, and 2 mile runners.  Fortunately, neither slowed me down too much. For some reason as I was weaving through increasingly slower runners I got to thinking about how for a 10K runner, having 2 miles left is a TON.  But, mental tangents aside, I was able to sprint the last quarter mile or so and ensure that I had my A goal - sub 1:30 half marathon.

After I finished, I staggered around like a drunk monkey and tried to catch my breath.  I got some water and some muscle milk.  I waited around near the finish hoping to see a few twitter buddies, but it started to rain and I had to get back to my car for warm clothes.

As I was walking to the car, I noticed that the race had huge flat screen TVs set up with live race results.  To my surprise, I found out that I had won an age group award!  Unfortunately, once I got into the car, I looked online and found that the awards weren't for another 2 hours, 15 minutes.  I needed to get back home, so I'll have to keep everyone posted on my prize!

Overall, I had a really good time at this race.  It was fun to finally see the results of the hard work that I've been putting in.  Furthermore, I'll admit that it got me thinking on how this race time would extrapolate to the full marathon distance.  Boston rule changes be damned, I may have to give them a run for my money!

Race medal - sparkle sparkle money pot (my nickname in high school)

Finally, since I wasn't able to stay around for my age group award, I though that I would let you use your imagination as to what it could be.  I'm hoping for a trophy with a little runner dude on it, but honestly I'm ok with a slip of paper saying "good job".

A mystery award everyone would love.  D in a box

59 comments:

Shawn said...

I too ran a 1/2 today...you are fast, I am slow...great job I.A.B. Adam...I am impressed....did you have frost on your face? I made my shoe decision on a Liberty Ale....right choice!!!!!

Kate said...

Congratulations...on a fantastic race and yet another funny report.

Megan said...

Dang, you're fast. And yes, I'd start saying that you time was 89:17 - that sounds WAY faster.

misszippy said...

Love 89 minutes! Awesome, awesome result--and are you kidding me that you PRd by that much? You've got Boston in your future, no doubt!

RunningLaur said...

Congrats on the PR!
I still can't believe the pics you get Tiff to take of you...

Ulyana said...

THAT'S A FREAKING FANTASTIC PR!!! Way to beat your goals. Yes, when start referring to your half-marathon time in minutes, you've accomplished quite something. GOOD JOB!

Adrienne said...

PR by 10 minutes?!! Freak, you're an animal! Way to go dude. Can't wait to see what you get for your 3 place AG award. Awesome.

tahoegirl said...

Holy smokes! I will never run that fast even going downhill with the wind at my back. Super fantastic job!

I remember you saying you were at a 10 minute mile when you first started running. How have you increased your speed? How long has it taken? Just curious.

Entertaining post as usual. :o)

Chris K said...

That run was more solid than...I can't say it.

Amanda@runninghood said...

Well Done Adam! One of my big goals this year is to break 1:30 in the half...I'm impressed. Hoping my Hubby and I will do it together. Great post! Do you take ice baths? I took my second one today after my 12 miles and I am a believer from now on...so painful but SO wonderful at the same time.

Tricia said...

Congrats!

Evolving Through Running said...

Good God man, that's a KILLER time! You must have looked like the Roadrunner blazing through the desert. Fortunate there were no Coyotes or ACME factories nearby. Well done!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Excellent race results bud!

The Sean said...

Congrats, Adam!! This is a job well done, you should be proud of the times you are posting and contually improving upon! This is a great way to develop some Marathon "speed" for thie fall's BQ!!! 2012 here you come!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Awesome, man, love it. What a PR, that is huge!

Morgan said...

Dude I am so excited for you! Well done on your first raced Half!!!! Loving that bling too! And way to go on the AG! On, on to 3:10!!!

Average A said...

Look at you, baller! Great race!! Podium finish too -- you are amazing!

Laurie said...

That's a giant mofo PR! Congrats!

Pam said...

Awesome. Just effing awesome.

CONGRATS!

Her Name Is Rio said...

Age group winner! Woot...woot!

Pam said...

Hahaha... I'm watching a SNL special right now, and they just showed the Dick in a Box skit.

Andrew Opala said...

Awesome ... I came in under your time ... but I was only running 8 miles!

I like your carb choice!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great job, Adam! With that kind of speed, you'll be gunning for a 3:10 Boston. Congrats on your award.

Chad said...

Well done homeboy.

Caroline said...

Great job! and yes 89 minutes that does sound faster..!

Staci said...

Well done on your PR - great time!! and an age group win - Fantastice!!

Val said...

Amazing race!!!

Jamoosh said...

Age Group Podium Finish! Most excellent.

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

Wowwww that's an amazing story! Way to go Adam! I know some fast runners, but none that can go sub-1:30

Jess said...

Awesome job! Congrats!

And now you've got that song in my head, "Step one, cut a hole in the box..."

C2Iowa said...

OUTSTANDING! Boston will fall into your hands with no problem.

+1 Jamoosh -- AG Podium finish.

GeorgiaSnail said...

Nice work with your sub 90 1/2 Mary....R&R Savannah has BQ/Marathon PR written all over it!

JojaJogger said...

Great job on the 89 minute PR. I also see Boston in your future.

Kittee I am a Runner! said...

Congrats! Great time... And an age group prize.. mmm

I bet it's a cactus...

Dash said...

Whoot! Congratulations that is awesome!

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Awesome finishing time! Congrats on your award!

Johann said...

Well done! 16th is just awesome and 1:29 (89mins) even better!

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Awesome time! I'm with GeorgiaSnail, Savannah will be super flat, you'll kill it!

Runners Fuel said...

Congrats! Great race!

JessiePants said...

Well done, crap you are fast! Have a great week!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Congrats!

BrianFlash said...

89 minutes sounds way faster than 1:29. Nice race!

RunnuRMark said...

See, I knew you had that easily. Nice job! And FYI, hanging the tongue out is a very effective way to soak up extra oxygen, but the BEST way to do it is by hanging your junk out. You should try that after your next race.

Rose said...

This is one of the best race reports I've read. Thank you for being hilarious.

Nobel4Lit said...

That's a pretty odd-shaped medal... unique, actually. Keep up the humor in your posts... =)

Raegun said...

Congrats - it must have been the rye. ;)

Laura said...

There is NO WAY you drank the entire bottle of whiskey the night before the race. You had to have started it sooner. Even I've never attempted that one...

The Laminator said...

That's so cool Adam! Great job with your half and congrats on sub 1:30 =)

What's with the walk break though? Haha!

Great job. I'm so inspired by your performance I think I'm going to start looking for a local half I can crush too!

Jen said...

Congrats, Adam! Awesome PR and way to place!!

destinationathlete said...

WOW. Way to take those three goals and just blow past them - awesome time and FANTASTIC time on a hilly course!! Imagine what your time would have been on a flat one! :)

Congrats!

Nej said...

Iowa distilled whiskey. I've lived there all my life and have never seen any. Very awesome!!!

Great race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You crushed your goals, way to go!!!

Spike said...

I know I'm a few days late, but great job on your race and way to rock both a sub 1:30 and a sub 7:00m pace.

Plus you got first place in your AG, friggen amazing.

Katie said...

Wow, that's an awesome time!! Congrats on the PR and on the AG win :)

Jill said...

Well done, Adam!! So very happy for you :).

Nitmos said...

Way to break 90! You are right on target to break 3:10 in the marathon....with some work, 3:05 as well. Keep the faith! Nice job.

Nicole said...

Great job, you are super fast! Boston is going to happen for you, with a half marathon time like that I think you should definitely be able to BQ. Congrats on the age group award and a super speedy time.

Ace said...

OK, lessons learned. Whiskey and lasagna for pre-race meal. Got it. Thanks for the sweet running tip and grats on an awesome race.

kilax said...

Wow! Great job Adam. Again, you inspire me. How do you run 35 miles a week with a wife, newborn and a full time job?! Tell us your secrets!!!

Congrats :)

EricaH said...

Congrats on the PR and your age group award