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Fairfield Half Marathon Experience

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On Sunday June 26, I ran my second career half marathon, the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon. The race started and finished at Jennings Beach. It was a great day for the beach, warm and muggy. I soon discovered that great beach days don’t make for great running days. The temperature was a decent 75°F, but the relative humidity was a stifling 95%.

Having pre-race jitters, I was happy with the sixty-five port-o-potties. No, I didn’t count them all, but I found a news article with some interesting stats. I didn’t have to wait in line very long to use the plastic bathrooms the five times before the race.

The race started at 8:30 am with different starting points for the men and woman. I’m guessing this was to reduce the congestion of over 3,400 runners at the start of the race. I was happy to merge with the ladies shortly after the first mile as it improved the scenery.

The course was hillier than I expected. I wasn’t consistent with my mile splits as the hills really slowed me down. There was nice downhill section in mile 8, but I was really gassed by miles 11 and 12.

Split Time Distance
1 00:08:33 1.00
2 00:08:21 1.00
3 00:08:48 1.00
4 00:08:17 1.00
5 00:08:57 1.00
6 00:08:44 1.00
7 00:09:06 1.00
8 00:07:53 1.00
9 00:08:31 1.00
10 00:08:43 1.00
11 00:09:05 1.00
12 00:08:52 1.00
13 00:08:39 1.00

While I didn’t break my personal record, I was happy with my official finishing time of 1:54:23. I was a mere 50 minutes off the winner’s time of 1:04:40. The top four runners were all from Ethiopia. I guess I know where I need to train. I was happy to finish in the top 25% overall and in the top 36% of my age group.

My wife and kids came to support me and we enjoyed the post race party at the beach. Here are more of those fun numbers: 100,000 cups of water. 15,000 cups of Gatorade. 3,000 pounds of watermelon. 1,200 apples. 2,000 Gu Gel energy packets. 300 pizzas. 4,000 ice cream servings. 3,000 yogurts. 1,500 bagels. Nine water stations. Two bands, a deejay, a fife-and-drum corps and bagpipers. 1,500 volunteers.

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