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Rock Canyon Half Marathon — Pueblo, CO — 12/05/2009 - 5 reports
California International Marathon — Sacramento — 12/06/2009 - 2 reports
Las Vegas Rock & Roll Marathon — Las Vegas Nevada — 12/06/2009 - 2 reports

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Rock Canyon Half Marathon — Pueblo, CO — 12/05/2009

Laura Anderson reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: A little under 1:40
Results: 1:41.09 (bummer!) but still good enough for 3rd in age group
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/races/raceinfo/RockCanyoninfo2009.htm

General Summary:
Fun course----a little slippery! Will do it again. A well put on race for $25.

Things Done Right:
Got up early, ate a solid breakfast, and wore enough clotehes!! Actually got a little warm.

Things Done Wrong:
Went really hard first 2 miles... Not sure if that mattered.. I didn’t blow up... Got caught at mile 11.5 or by the lady who ended up getting 2nd... Hence I got 3rd.

Any Other Stuff:
The race will run about 2 1/4 miles in City Park, then go down to the Arkansas River Trail. It is basically an out and back course going about 5 ? miles west to the base of Pueblo Dam and back. It will be run on dirt roads and dirt trails along the Arkansas River with a short distance on concrete and asphalt. No traffic and great views. The course is flat, however, there is one short, steep hill about 12 ? miles into the race, which goes from the river trail back up to City Park. All miles are clearly marked, both on the trail and above ground in case of snow.

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Jennifer Stock reports:
Distance: 13.1
Goal: under 1:49
Results: 1:48.44
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/races/results/RockCanyon2009.htm

General Summary:
after about a 2 mile start around the park containing the Pueblo Zoo (I caught a whiff of animals at the end of mile 1 and was reminded of our proximity to the zoo) the course is pretty much and out and back along a canal. It is nice and flat except for a little hill in the last half mile. You should be able to run a pretty good time here.

Things Done Right:
Did not go out too hard, just tried to maintain a comfortable pace. It was a cold morning (about 20 at the start) and I dressed perfectly. Two long sleeve shirts with a heavy shirt on top. After about 3 miles I had warmed up enough that I tied the heavy shirt around my waist and was comfortable for the rest of the race.

Things Done Wrong:
I kind of forgot that this race was coming up. I ran a 50K the first week of October and took the remainder of the month to recover. I started building my miles again in November with my longest run being 10 miles two weeks before the race.

Any Other Stuff:
This is a well organized race with a sufficient amount of aid stations. One of the race sponsors is a local bar where my husband and I went for lunch afterwards and it turned out that they had really good burgers and fries!

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Andy Kovats reports:
Distance: 13.1M
Goal: no slower than 1:37
Results: 1:37:21
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/races/results/RockCanyon2009.htm

General Summary:
After a couple laps/miles around Pueblo City Park, the course drops down a cement bike path and follows the river for 1-2 miles before turning to cinder path and dirt. Normally the footing would be good but thin layer of snow and ice covered most of the cement section which made things interesting. The course is scenic and fun, and a few of the runners almost came face to face with a trophy sized mule deer near the turnaround below Pueblo Dam.

Things Done Right:
Avoided the temptation to overdress, which affected many runners. With temps starting in the mid-upper 20’s and calm sun, it was a bit cool in shorts the first 2 miles but later felt just right. I actually paced 5-10 seconds/mile slower than I planned which was good as the last 3 miles got tough when the lactic acid built up.

Things Done Wrong:
Needed some tempo runs on flat terrain to prepare for this one.

Any Other Stuff:
It was great to see so many IC’ers taking awards in this race, at least 4 that I recognized. The awards were quick, on or ahead of schedule, and included some decadent donuts which hit the spot.

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Gregory Stock reports:
Distance: 13.1 M
Goal: To finish without hurting too much
Results: 1:48:43
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/races/raceinfo/RockCanyoninfo2009.htm

General Summary:
This is a nice, well-organized race. I had fallen hard on the ice the day before, so I wasn’t quite up to actually racing. My lower back was pretty painful, but I had pre-registered, so I decided to just run it to finish if I could.

Things Done Right:
Didn’t push it and wasn’t feeling too bad at the end.

Things Done Wrong:
Not sure if I should have run it after taking a fall the day before.

Any Other Stuff:
The course is two loops through City Park and then an out-and-back along the river. It was flat except for one short hill each way on the out and back.

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Donald Hawkins reports:
Distance: Half Marathon
Goal: 1:30 something
Results: 1:42
Website: http://www.socorunners.org/races/results/RockCanyon2009.htm

General Summary:
I had not ran this race yet, and felt obliged to run it as I live in Pueblo West. I do a lot of my running along the route, so it was familiar to me.

Things Done Right:
Didn’t go out too fast. Didn’t dehydrate. (seemed to be a problem for me this year) Dressed perfect for the race versus just the start. Pace was about right for my current fitness level. I had originally planned on 1:30. Learned about a month prior that it wouldn’t happen. Later in the year maybe! Put a few screws in the shoes. Gave me confidence more than anything. I slipped on the way to pick up my packet!

Things Done Wrong:
Did not train for it at all. Was a little sore at the start, and it never did go away. Pace (7:15 or so) was good until about mile 11 then fell off. The screw shoes I wore were not the shoes I had planned on wearing.

Any Other Stuff:
I was glad the course was on more dirt than I initially thought it was. I was under the impression it was on the sidewalk/ asphalt the entire length.
Was very surprised and glad I saw as many ICer’s there as I did. I usually travel up there to run, and some of you came down to my neck of the lower altitude world.

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California International Marathon — Sacramento — 12/06/2009

Craig Hafer reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Reverse the increasing marathon time trend of 2009
Results: Best run of the year!

General Summary:
They weren’t calling me a “skirt wearing Betty” at the California International Marathon in Sacramento this year. I learned that my DNF at this marathon in 2007 qualified me for the SWB nickname. I could not even be excused due to food poisoning illness!

Things Done Right:
I was dressed for the cool start in the low 30’s and hung with the 3:10 pace setter group through the 1/2. Around mile 16 the headwind increased in intensity so I picked up the pace and drafted in behind the 3:10 crowd. At 19-1/2 the wind died down and I found the 3:10 group slowly drifting on ahead of me. Even so, I knew I was finishing strong as I continued to pass a number of runners on my way to a 3:11 finish.

Things Done Wrong:
How much faster could I have run by taking more time between marathons to recovery/train? The Women’s Nike marathon was only seven weeks earlier.

Any Other Stuff:
Marathon time trend for 2009:
It really started in 2008:
Tucson (2008) — 3:09
Walt Disney World — 3:16
Big Sur — 3:16
Steamboat — 3:19
Women’s Nike — 3:25
CIM — 3:11 (yeah!)

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Andrea Hill reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Pace Mom through her first marathon (her goal was 5 hrs)
Results: 5:03:39

General Summary:
A cooler day in California than I would have liked; I think I was more nervous at marathon #28 than Mom was for #1 (she didn’t know what she was getting into!); decent course, a bit lacking in organization. Great memories!

Things Done Right:
Didn’t let Mom pull a faster pace band than what she’d trained for; kept a manageable pace so we were passing folks through the last few miles; got personalized shirts to help with motivation

Things Done Wrong:
Not much: a couple unexpected bathroom breaks are probably all that separated us from our goal. Forgot to advise Mom to have warm-up clothes to put on afterwards.

Any Other Stuff:
The CIM was a decent race for a first-timer, although a course with more crowd support could have helped too. The hotel buses never showed up so we all had to hike to the convention center in the morning, and there was no crowd control in the last half mile. But still a positive experience for Mom and I!

Full race report: http://www.afhill.com/gothedistance/2009/12/california-international-marathon-race-report/

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Las Vegas Rock & Roll Marathon — Las Vegas Nevada — 12/06/2009

Dan Burstein reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Break 4 Hour Personal Marathon Barrier
Results: 4:05:24 (Dang It)
Website: http://las-vegas.competitor.com/

General Summary:
Large race crowd mix of half and full. About 28,000 runners (8,00 for full). Well organized. Great expo and race merchandise. Perfect race day weather. Flattish course with lots of spectators. Good aid stations and Bands along route. Plus it’s Vegas so plenty of second hand smoke, and pre-race drinking, eating, and gambling temptations!

Things Done Right:
Won $400 playing craps. Mind set from doing ultras made me think that hey a 4 hour run is pretty short!

Things Done Wrong:
Did not drink enough during marathon. Had to pull over to side of course to dry heave at mile 24 after eating half a gel. Heaving and leg cramps slowed me down the last two miles.

Any Other Stuff:
Gotta work on that race nutrition aspect. My quest for gels or liquids or other calories that won-t make me want to puke during a race continues.
The sub 4 goal looms out there like my great white whale ;-)

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David Hendrix reports:
Distance: 26.2
Goal: Under 3:30:59
Results: 3:40
Website: http://las-vegas.competitor.com/

General Summary:
Flat fast and fun.

Things Done Right:
I trained allot during the off season and with speed workouts weekly.

Things Done Wrong:
Not running the longer distances enough times in training.

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