Raleigh Spring Half with some warm weather

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13.1 series, Raleigh Half Marathon, Carlos CandelariaThis event counts towards the triple medal for the 13.1 Series. I ran this same event last year and although it was a fun event it was warm, humid and slow. This time I had no expectation of PRing this year either since I knew temperature and humidity were going to be warm, but lower compared to last year, but still warm. As usual, there were many runners in today’s event which is a lot of fun. Race 13.1 has always done an excellent job putting this event together (With the exception of removing Lassiter Mill Hill from the route. Yes I know, but I will always say that)

The event morning routine the same as previous events got to the start/finish area with plenty of time. Picked bib up, I set out to do a 1-mile warm-up easy run. After the warm up I did a quick look at the CGMS, and sugars were on the tad high side but still but steady. Last night I thought about what to during the event if it was warm and I came up with a mile repeat strategy. Go comfortable for one mile and then press the pace for one mile. I thought it will keep things interesting since this is the last event before I start training this coming week for the Chicago Full Marathon in October. At the start area I met Laurie, we have run several events in the past but have never been able to talk. Also in attendance was a group of runners that run at the Louis Stevens Road loop on Tuesday and Thursdays that Jay introduced me to. Chuck and Dieter from RTR were there getting ready for the start.

raleighspringsplitsMiles 1-4: I started near the 2:30 pacer, since I did not want it to put too much effort during the 1st mile. I settled into a very comfortable pace during the first mile which it was mostly flat and downhill. I pressed the pace during mile 2 and 4, close to a 8:00 pace. I grabbed Gatorade at the water stations and decided not to use a gel for fueling. The faster pace felt hard at first but by the half-mile point, it had gotten easier to maintain and hold the pace.
Miles 5-8: Once again I continued to ease the pace during miles 5 and 7, pressing again during mile 6 and 8. I kept passing runners while on the faster pace and holding position while at an easier pace.
Miles 9-13.1: Mile 9 was an easy mile while pressing the pace during mile 10. Holding the pace during mile 10 was harder this time. At the turnaround, Arvind, Dieter, and Jay were running very strong. It was getting warm and the cold wet cloth the volunteers were handing out came at the right time. The last three miles I slowed down, perhaps a bit more than I want it. I even walked a bit during two segments during the last 1.5 miles. It was great to
see Dieter at the finish line. 

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Could I have done another repeat? Not today. Could I have held the pace during the repeat for longer? Perhaps another quarter mile. So, in the end, I was very happy with the run. My friends from Raleigh Trail Runners (RTR) did great. I chatted once again with Arvind, Jay, Dieter, and Chad at the finish area. Chad was running the 5k with his kid, they did fantastic, Chad even finished 1st in his age group. Nice Job!

PS: Yes, I did my traditional Lassiter Mill Hill warm down mile

13.1 series, Raleigh Half Marathondd

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[vtftable cols=”{0}0:c9daf8;{/}”] Event Highlight & Learning Points;nn;Highlights:

Course: Fantastic start/finish area near Northhills area. Great ample road right of the start. Some small hills along the middle nothing too challenging. Last 2 miles are basically uphill. The water station setup and distances were good, this year they handle plenty of wet cold cloths, very nice.

Venue: At finish, as usual excellent food (Bananas, snacks, food…) and plenty to drink.

Expo: No Expo

Weather: Sunny and hot, 63º with 83% humidity at the start, rising to 73º by the end of the event.

T1D: Sugars high at the start. But remained stable during the event.

Fueling: Pre-Race: 1 serving Hot Cereal and Latte.

Race: Gatorade and water at the water station. No Gel.

Post: Tons of water and half of banana.

Learning Points:

    • Warm and humid weather are not perfect, so you can use the event as a test, traning run.
    • Keep adjusting as you go.
    • New sensor location is working great. Sugar monitor trend very stable over time.
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13.1 series, Raleigh Half Marathon, Carlos Candelaria