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Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Today's event went great! Now, understand that I am nowhere near fast, but this event is a good one to try for a fast pace. The course is fairly flat, and does a big loop, starting and ending near the Scottsdale Civic Center. The weather also helped - it was cool and the sun came out for most of it.

I took the early start at 6:30 AM. It was still dark, and there was a fairly small group of us that started early. I started out doing my 4:1 alternations and just reminding myself to stay at a comfortable pace. The course goes out to Scottsdale Road, and then goes north all the way to Doubletree Ranch Road. There is a long but very very gradual uphill slope to this part of the course, and at the top you have gone by mile 5. This stretch went well, with each mile in about 11 minutes. Then the course takes a right and goes east to Hayden Road. This section is pretty flat, and adds another 2 miles. I was feeling really good on this stretch so I decided to try and push things a little.

At Hayden, the course turns back south. This section has a couple of very slight hills on it, but overall it is back down the slope we came up originally. I decided to do 6:1 alternations as I started this section. I figured that if I was feeling bad, I could always go back to the 4:1. However, I was able to keep to the longer runs all the way back down. I was starting to feel pretty tight in the legs at mile 12, but I pushed on, realizing that I could get under 2:30:00 if I kept my pace. There is a perfectly flat stretch in the last half of mile 13 and all the way to the finish line, and I kept my pace and felt pretty good at the finish. I hit 2:26:05 at the finish. This is the best time I have had for a half marathon since 2003, and I have only ever done one race faster, which is my PR of about 2:21.

So, now I'm wondering - if I keep up the training, lose a couple more pounds over the next month, and push myself a little at the event - can I set a new PR at the Disney World Half Marathon on the first weekend in January? I guess we are going to find out!

Have a great week!
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    Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale...all wonderful places to run and compete in. All areas provide great events, well organized...and the weather is usually nice! Way to go and keep up the great work.
    2331 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Good luck with your next goal! Awesome job!
    2331 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Great - and so pleased that you enjoyed yourself!
    2331 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Nice work! And, since you are asking, YES, I think another P.R. is definitely in your near future. Thank you for blogging about this race, it sounds like a really nice one. I hope you are enjoying some rest and relaxation about now emoticon
    2331 days ago
    What a race! WAY TO GO Keith :) And Disney is right around the corner. BEST TO YOU.

    2331 days ago
    Any run is really a good run in my eyes. Good job, I hope you reach all your goals. Sounds to me you can do anything you put your mind (and body) to. Congrats on your achievement
    2331 days ago
  • ACTIVE_AT_60
    I read your first paragraph and I am reminded of John 'the penguin' Binghams quote - the miracle isn't that I finished the miracle is that I had the courage to start.

    Job well done my man - and Disney here you come. Looking forward to the new PR and 2:21 is not too shabby. Congrats.
    2331 days ago
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