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St. George Half Marathon 2011

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Salt Lake City,UT,United States

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Sep 14, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

52 marathons, Overall winner 15 times, PR 2:20:25 at St. George 2013, Kona Ironman 2002, Zero DNF

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Race: St. George Half Marathon 2011 (13.1 Miles) 01:10:05, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.0013.100.000.000.0015.10

I was happy with today's race especially considering that I had a super stressful week at work. I even had to lay someone off on Thursday which was the worst feeling ever. Capitalism at its worst. I could go on about that but I don't want ruin my good mood.

So....my previous best time in an honest half was 1:13 which means this was a PR by about 3 mins. And ramping up my speed work this summer should only help. As for the race, I went out with Paul and Jeff just to see how long I could hang. I lasted about 4 miles and probably could have gone longer but I knew if I did I would pay for it later. Jeff and Paul built up a ~60 second gap over about 5 miles but after mile 8 I think I held my pace (5:20) fairly well and didn't let them grow the gap. In the end it looks like I was only 30 seconds back but it should have been closer to 60-75 seconds. While I had thought I had miraculously closed the gap it turned out that Paul and Jeff had lost some time at the end because they missed the last turn that was only because Jeff and Paul lost some time at the end because they missed the last turn. Luckily they still had a big enough lead on me or else I would have had to stop before the finish line to let them win.

Overall I was pleased that I held steady throughout (splits below) and that I improved my time on an honest course. I suspect that some people were annoyed with all the traffic on the course over the last 4 miles. In the moment I was definitely annoyed because at least 50% of the people couldn't hear me coming because of their headphones. But looking back I think having to shift my focus away from the suffering and towards the walls of people helped my splits for the last few miles.

Congrats to Paul and Jeff for a solid race and to all of the other bloggers who ran. If I had to guess I think we accounted for around 7 of the top 10.

Splits 5:32, 5:22, 5:09, 5:15, 5:24,5:22, 5:28, 5:23, 5:25, 5:25, 5:21, 5:27, 5:18, 0:21  


Nike LunaRacer +2 Miles: 15.10
Comments
From catherine on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 18:55:26 from 98.202.112.51

Congratulations on the PR!

From jun on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 18:58:55 from 97.126.233.112

Nice job man. Solid beginning to the year.

From Rob on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:28:54 from 72.254.84.217

Good job, I was hoping to be as fast as you one day, how am I suppose to do that if you keep getting faster too?

"Did you think that was fast? Cause I thought it was fast" --Maverik

From Superfly on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:33:39 from 208.117.127.110

Great race. Way to finish it off. I kind of agree about the end. It sucked having to go around people but at the same time I think I picked up the pace to do so.... so maybe a wash in the end.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:38:38 from 24.10.248.6

Great race Fritz. I'm running a "honest half" down in Texas next weekend.Thanks for the inspiration.

From Burt on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:49:28 from 72.223.84.236

Very nice Fritz. And good sportsmanship for almost having to let Jeff and Paul beat you. I wonder if the wrong turn played into their finish.

From Jon on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:51:31 from 74.177.82.79

That's a nice PR. Congrats.

From Pappy on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 19:57:07 from 134.250.61.127

They did the same thing with the last turn for the first 5k guys. Seems like the volunteers/police guys were napping.

From allie on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 20:58:32 from 174.23.123.195

great race today, fritz. way to start off the year.

From Steve on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 21:02:14 from 201.199.192.2

Wow, nice race!

From Maurine/Miles on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 22:25:52 from 97.117.70.62

Congrats on the PR and 3rd place.

From steve ash on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 11:12:00 from 64.134.224.97

Fritz, I think you made a good call on that even though it did not play out for you. If it's not high stakes then I have always gone out with faster guys than me in the past. It builds mental confidence and I think it has taught me to run relaxed while running fast next to them. You have have come a long way in a few years man. Keep going..

From Paul on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 15:16:08 from 174.27.207.154

Good job. It was nice seeing you, and that's a pretty good start to the season.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 20:35:58 from 67.2.104.177

I am glad that your stressful week ended on a high note. :)

Congrats on another amazing race. Can't wait to see what this year has in store for you! :) :) :)

From Walter on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 21:26:37 from 24.10.169.110

Fritz! You rocked that course my friend! Way to hang with the big boys. You are amazing.

From Karen on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 23:07:44 from 69.171.160.28

WOW! What amazingly even splits. I'd like to know a bit more how you were able to keep precision and focus. Great PR!!

From jtshad on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 10:08:32 from 204.134.132.225

Nicely done and congrats on the great time and new PR! Bodes well for you for the upcoming year.

From Holt on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 10:12:34 from 204.113.55.41

Fritz, you raced great today. You're looking really good for the year - keep it up.

From Fritz on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 23:50:18 from 67.182.226.25

Thanks everyone.

Steve A. - I will think twice before trying that in a marathon. That mistake can get ugly.

Rob M. - good luck in Texas. Running at sea level will be helpful.

From Seth on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 11:45:17 from 199.188.28.8

Wow, a PR already! Good luck thru this year, you're gonna kill it.

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