Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Marathon

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Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Marathon

Postby Double Bellybuster » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:17 pm

This was my eleventh Half Marathon, my sixth since I set a PB in my fifth Half Marathon in 2010. As usual, I had besting of my elusive PB of 1:39:08.3 (4:42/K) in mind.

This was a tough course – the terrain was quite hilly and the wind was significant on the day. The route called for 10.5K into the wind then 10.6K with the wind.

After chatting with Annelizabeth and Robbie-T, I headed out into the pouring rain. I didn’t know if 4:42/K on the hills was possible but I went out hard enough to enable. There would not be even pacing, the hills were uneven and unpredictable for me, as I had never ben to Marden previously.

Westbound (Big Headwind)
4:35, 4:37

The headwind was quite bothersome after a while. I had an idea of my splits but left the math for the turn.

Northbound (Headwind)
4:55, 4:43, 5:02, 4:40, 4:48, 4:42, 4:53, 4:45

I turned 10.5K in around 50:05, so 1:40:00 seemed possible if I could do 10.6K with the wind in 49:55. Beating 1:39:08 seemed optimistic, I did not know if I could pick up the pace with the wind nor what I had left after running into it for close to an hour.

North/South Turnaround
4:43

Some math told me I needed around 4:33-4:35 Ks on the way back. I had trouble getting them on any K that had an uphill, which was seemingly all of them.

Southbound (Tailwind)
4:46, 4:38, 4:41, 4:35, 4:41, 4:32, 4:48, 4:27

I had trouble getting feedback from my watch as it hard to read due to pouring rain. As well, many K markers had been a bit off. When I hit 1:35:00 elapsed on my watch, I knew I had approximately 800 to 1200 metres left and realized I needed to run a 4:00 K if I had it to PB.

So I gave it what I had but could only keep up the pace for about 3.5 minutes. There were 4 to 6 zigzags 25 metres apart as we took a back way I was unfamiliar with into the park. At around 1:38:30, I gave up somewhat and slowed a touch as I did not see or hear the finish and I was spent. 7 or 8 seconds later after one more turn on a dirt path, the finish was right in front of me and I sprinted to 1:38:52.3, the crowd had been resting their lungs behind the trees. A PB by 16.0 seconds.

Eastbound (Big Tailwind)
4:43, 4:10, 0:24.3 for last 0.0975K (4:09/K Pace)

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1:38:52.3 (4:41/K) Gun Time
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Fan favourite Robbie-T took second place.
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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:15 pm

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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby ratherawkward » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:39 pm

Fantastic race! Congratulations on the PB.
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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby Robbie-T » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:01 pm

Great run, picking it up i those final couple km shows a lot of heart and strength, that last sand/mud trail to the finish line was a bit annoying.

Anyway it was a good day for a hard run, good seeing you.
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Postby Doonst » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:30 pm

Very impressive performance on a tough day! I rolled over and stayed in bed.
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Postby AjaxRunner » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:49 am

Wow, great race. Good job!

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Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Marathon

Postby Joe Dwarf » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:52 am

Well done!

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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby Sandra » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:43 pm

Congrats on your PB!
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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby Ken B » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:17 pm

Wow! Great race on a difficult course with tough conditions!!

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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby barebuns1 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:45 pm

Congrats on your new pb. Great Race report. :)
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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby Annelizabeth » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:03 am

Wish I could have stayed on your back. Great race!

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Postby Robinandamelia » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:55 am

Congratulations, great result! Love the pics.

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Re: Double Bellybuster - Getting Wet at the Marden Half Mara

Postby orleansrunner1962 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:59 pm

Well done -- great run! And a nice shiny PB!! :D
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