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What a difference a week makes! Actually the difference was about 40 degrees, some rain, 10 more minutes to complete the marathon, and less mileage on the legs the week before the marathon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I paced the 3:20 group in Denver this past weekend, one week after barely surviving the heat in Twin Cities. This was much more pleasant - 40-45 degrees throughout the race, rainy (but not too bad), and some windy sections. It was a drag before the race to stand in the rain, but since our hotel was 2-3 blocks away, we were only out there a short while before we started running. 5 degrees colder or more rain and it would have been pretty unpleasant - as it was, I didn't think the conditions were bad at all. However, once I stopped running and stood around for 10 minutes, I got cold quickly so I hopped into a long hot shower and felt reborn.<br><br>
Denver has a nice race with some potential - you run through 3 city parks with lots of loops and some out & back sections - I thought this would be a pain but it was nice to see other runners and the leaders throughout the race so I rather enjoyed it. The altitude was not a problem for me - perhaps it would be if I were racing, but I didn't notice it at all (of course, I brag to everyone home about how TOUGH the altitude was and what a stud I am for surviving it!). There were some spectators but I'm sure on a nicer day it would have been better supported. The spectators and volunteers were great, being out in the rain and cold - it wasn't bad for running, but it sure would have sucked for just standing there! There were only 2 climbs of any significance that stick out in my memory - and they weren't bad at all. If you're going to feel the altitude, it would probably be there in the form of you thinking "Geez, that wasn't too bad a hill, why am I so out of breath?!"<br><br>
They run a half marathon at the same time which I really liked - the half is bigger than the full and the courses overlap for the first 12 miles. I typically do not have many folks in my group at the 3:10 or 3:20 times, and very few women, but with the 1:40 half marathoners I had a nice sized group.<br><br>
We got on pace, actually a few seconds fast, right away. It felt good to get rolling! I had a bunch of half marathoners and it was hard to tell who was running the full, except for a few guys who intro'ed themselves to me and kept calling me Coach! Thankfully I did not have any "Garmin Nazis" telling me "That last mile was .002 miles long, and we were 4 seconds too fast!!!" We kept everyone chatting and happy and I kept threatening all the half marathoners that I would kick them out of the nest at mile 10 if they sounded too fresh to me. Once the half split off, I had maybe 12 guys with me and the work was beginning. The race was fairly uneventful but in a very good way - I met some nice folks, some would drop off the back, we'd pick a few people up and they'd join our group. Nothing really stood out. I usually try to build up a minute of banked time from ~8-18 depending on the course and we were pretty steady...the early 15 seconds we'd gained in the first few miles we pretty much held on to the whole way until a few faster miles in the upper teens and 22-23. It makes for a boring race report, but nothing really great or really bad happened, and I was totally fine with that!<br><br>
The best part was having people with me late in the race. I picked up a guy running his first marathon and talked to him a bit from ~12-21 when a cramp made him stop and stretch (ended up with a 3:23 - great debut!) Another guy named Bob was shooting for a PR, under 3:19. He was on my hip the whole way and did awesome - I shooed him forward at about 24 and he ended up about 20-30 seconds under 3:19. We picked up a girl Meredith around 21 and got her moving again - she finished just behind me after faltering a little bit so she had a nice comeback. Another guy was a mtn biker and was drafting off me big time the last 2 miles - he was like a sticky booger, I couldn't shake him off! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> It was his first one too and he ended up around 3:19 flat.<br><br>
Fort Hose that care, my splits are below - first half was 1:39:48, second half 1:39:40 (target time was 7:38 for a 3:20:00)<br>
1 - 7.29 Good start<br>
2 - 7.29 Let's slow it dow a little<br>
3 - 7.43 More like it<br>
4 - 7.37 Perfect<br>
5 - 7.40 Perfect<br>
6 - 7.42 Fine<br>
7 - 7.44 OK - let's start moving a little<br>
8 - 7.35 Perfect<br>
9 - 7.37 Perfect<br>
10 - 7.43 Slowing a little for the half marathoners to catch some breath before a strong finish<br>
11 - 7.32 Let's pick this up and send them off fast<br>
12 - 7.29 Start building up some bank<br>
13 - 7.39 Settling in<br>
14 - 7.37 Perfect<br>
15 - 7.31 Bank<br>
16 - 7.31 Bank<br>
17 - 7.43 I think there may have been some hills here<br>
18 - 7.35 Perfect<br>
19 - 7.33 Good - we've got some banked time<br>
20 - 7.44 Relaxing a little<br>
21 - 7.44 Getting ready to push<br>
22 - 7.23 Fastest mile - used a downhill to speed up and kept that rhythm<br>
23 - 7.35 Recover a little before<br>
24 - 7.25 One last fast mile - sending the strong ones off on a high note to the finish<br>
25 - 7.42 I eased back to help some folks<br>
26 - 7.48 Enough time in the bank so I slowed to help some struggling people<br><br>
All in all - a great race!
 

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Forgot to mention something interesting - I hardly drank at all during the marathon. I had a water belt with a ~16 oz bottle that had maybe 3-4 ounces left at the end. Other than that, I took 1 cup along the course and drank maybe half of it. Perhaps he rain soaked through my jacket and shirt and penetrated my huge muscular chest and that's how I stayed hydrated?
 

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You have all the answers dontcha? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Congrats on another excellent pacing job!
 

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After last week's heat & humidity, you deserved a relatively non-eventful run. Congrats again on another pacing job well done
 

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Pacer - you rock. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> That is all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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thanks for posting the report <b>pacer</b>, it really helps me mentally continue to recognize what a killer the heat was in TC.<br><br>
Lance is so gonna be your bitch in NYC
 
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