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Old 11-27-2013, 01:09 AM  
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Personal Bragging: My 50th Half-Marathon

Last Saturday's race (in 42 degree temps in the rain, I might add) was my 50th half-marathon since I started my hobby in June of 2009.

My vital statistics are:

Completed races in 12 states so far (AK, HI, CA, NV, UT, WY, CO, TX, LA, FL, OH, and WI)

Median pace = 10:15 per mile
Median pace in flat, sea level races =9:37 per mile
Fastest pace = 9:04 per mile (Beaumont, TX - flat and sea level)
Slowest pace = 29:36 per mile (Pike's Peak Ascent - 7,800 foot climb from 6,300 ft to 14,100 ft and I was not good at it.)

14 have been at elevations between sea level and 3,000 feet (Median pace = 9:52)
21 have been at elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 feet (Median pace = 10:06)
9 have been at elevations of 6,000 to 9,000 feet (Median pace = 11:08)
9 have been at elevations of 9,000 feet or higher (Median pace = 15:29)

26 have been more or less flat with total hills < 300 ft (Median pace = 9:50). Three were net downhill.
12 have had moderate hills with total hills of 301-1,000 ft (Median pace = 10:43)
6 have had strong hills with total hills of 1,001-2,500 ft (Median pace = 12:10)
9 have had major hills with total hills of 2,500 ft or more (Median pace = 15:29)

The 9 with major hills are the same 9 that were over 9,000 feet in elevation.

3 races were run in the rain and 1 in snow.

I've only fallen once, and it wasn't in the rain or snow. (Tripped on a trail rock.)

24 were primarily on pavement or asphalt
6 were primarily on dirt roads
20 were primarily on trails

I've gone the wrong way on trails 4 times but only twice did it for more than 30 seconds. The worst mistake added 3/4 of a mile.

I've also had 2 10-mile races and a 10K in there, so that's 53 races in 54 months.

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Old 11-27-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:20 AM   #3
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Never ran that many races but plenty of training runs of 13.1 and farther. Be careful how much you do. You only have so much articular cartilage in those joints. I started running competitively at 14 and ran my last step at 45. Bone on bone in my knees now. Paid for most of college so I guess it was worth it. Those altitude races can be killer. Curious have you kept track of your total entry fees amount? Or tracked it to see if race costs are rising faster than inflation?
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:21 AM   #4
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Crap too late for me!! Congrats on this. It is quite an accomplishment. And do a full if you can at least once.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:24 AM   #5
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Some of his high altitude races were already run for a longer time and at a higher heart rate than a flat marathon.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:33 AM   #6
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Some of his high altitude races were already run for a longer time and at a higher heart rate than a flat marathon.
No, I've never done a full one. The longest distance race I've done is a 25K (about 15.6 miles). I've done some longer training runs to test the theory and I don't think I'm serious enough to do one. It starts becoming non-fun after about 15 miles.

However as cdcox mentioned, some of my mountain runs have been similar in terms of total time and effort. I've had 1 race of more than 4 hours and 2 in the 6 hour range just because of the elevation and hills.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:36 AM   #7
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Never ran that many races but plenty of training runs of 13.1 and farther. Be careful how much you do. You only have so much articular cartilage in those joints. I started running competitively at 14 and ran my last step at 45. Bone on bone in my knees now. Paid for most of college so I guess it was worth it. Those altitude races can be killer. Curious have you kept track of your total entry fees amount? Or tracked it to see if race costs are rising faster than inflation?
Y'know, I haven't kept track of entry fees. I'm not sure if I've been doing it long enough to compare inflation. They've ranged from about $35 to about $120, and I think they've averaged about $70.

Sorry about the knee problems. Those can take a guy down. I'm always surprised by how fast the top guys in my age group are, though. There are some really fast 50-somethings out there. I'm kind of glad to get out of the 40-something category, though, because the top guys there are scary fast.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:49 AM   #8
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:48 AM   #9
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I do 5k, 4 mile and 10k runs. I just don't know that I want to even try a half marathon. Don't know how you do that. But it is impressive!!!!
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Y'know, I haven't kept track of entry fees. I'm not sure if I've been doing it long enough to compare inflation. They've ranged from about $35 to about $120, and I think they've averaged about $70.

Sorry about the knee problems. Those can take a guy down. I'm always surprised by how fast the top guys in my age group are, though. There are some really fast 50-somethings out there. I'm kind of glad to get out of the 40-something category, though, because the top guys there are scary fast.
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