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Ryan Betz Race Report 6 MINNESOTA
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Minnesota was my next stop and when I got there, I saw that Minneapolis is a very modern city.

This was another 13.1 series run which are usually very well organized. Though there were only 2000 runners in the half marathon race. On the day of the race the weather was perfect. It was about 68 degrees and in the shade. I finished in about 1:44 having to stop to go to the bathroom in the middle.

I really liked the pacers in the race so I knew about how far i was to finish. I also felt a much better confidence now that I have been running every day on the cross country team. Unfortunately High School rules do not allow me to run any sanctioned half marathons during the season. This means I will have to put my Half Marathon program on hold for a few months.

Maybe I can finally relax for a couple months in good old Indiana.

Race Report written by Ryan Betz

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Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon Race Report
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Getting out of the house on race morning is never easy, especially if it involves a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. My body is simply not meant to function at that hour. Forget eating. Forget crapping. Ain’t gonna happen until my normal wake up time of about 6:30 a.m.




We hit the road at 5:00 a.m. for the two hour drive up to Georgetown, CO. Not an hour into the drive I feel the urge. We pull over at Loaf ‘n Jug. I’m sure you know why they call it that – duh -for all the people like me who stop there, don’t buy anything and pinch off a loaf. The jug part? I do have jugs, although it would be more fair to call them 5 oz bottles.

We made it to the start with time to spare. It was 45 degrees. Summertime in the Colorado mountains. Did the pre-run ritual of waiting in the porta potty line. Seemed every single person in front of me was in there at least 10 minutes. Since it doesn’t take that long to pee, I could only guess what was going on in there. The smell confirmed it.


AFC Half Marathon Race Report
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Another weekend, another race. Like I said in a previous post, I have had a race every other weekend since July 4th; I think I’m in need of a break. The good news is that it doesn’t look like I will have any races for the next couple of weeks, which is good. So the America’s Finest City (AFC) Half Marathon is the 3rd race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown. It wasn’t as tough as the La Jolla Half Marathon, but I wasn’t able to beat my PR that I got when I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon either. Here are the results: 1:32:08, 32/425 Age Group, 188/6646 Overall. As I was driving home from this race, I was trying to figure out how I felt about my overall performance. The time is technically my 2nd best half marathon time, it’s just looking at my splits, I felt like I could have gotten a lot closer (or even beaten) my PR, even with the dreaded ‘6th Avenue Hill’ at mile 11.5. This race felt very similar to my first half marathon. I ran it a little too hard at the beginning and ran out of gas toward the last few miles. However this time, it was more like the last 2-3, rather than 5-6, which is a definite improvement. But now that I have had time to reflect (and sleep!), I realize that it was a very solid effort, nothing to be sad about, then again it feels like I say that about all of my races. I heard that this race a couple of years ago was terrible because of the heat. I couldn’t have asked for better race conditions today, you could even say it was perfect racing weather! It was also well organized and I got my ridiculously big Triple Crown medal, really not much to complain about.


Race Report: Bronx Half Marathon
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When I wrote my last post, I still wasn't sure if I'd be running the half today. I was still feeling sluggish and very congested. I woke up Saturday morning feeling a heck of a lot better. Mrs. Ansky noticed too and asked if I was thinking about running. The scales were definitely tipping more in favor of running but I still wasn't sure if my body could handle it. Then I remembered something that Diane tweeted at me Friday. She said running does not always have to be about training and racing and that it's OK to run just for fun without the pressure of training for a goal race. So by the time Shabbat ended, I decided that I would run, not race the Bronx Half Marathon. I would go up there with 2 goals 1) to finish and 2) to have fun.

What I enjoyed most about this race was being able to run through a neighborhood I wouldn't necessarily frequent. The course was strange in the sense that it was a series of out and backs on Mosholu Parkway and Grand Concourse. The miles on the Grand Concourse almost ate me up. I think at one point I even said to myself "this isn't fun anymore." I was feeling fine, nothing hurt, I hadn't coughed up a lung, it was just something about the Grand Concourse rubbed me the wrong way. At mile 11, I saw Erika and we ran the last 2 miles together. I crossed the line in 1:56:11 (8:56/mile) and I felt great. I ran for the sake of running. I had no time goals, no training plan to follow, I was simply there to run 13.1 miles in the Bronx on in incredibly beautiful summer morning.

Mission Accomplished!

Report written by Ansky from New York

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Ryan Betz Race Report 5 CHICAGO
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

I went to Chicago for the rock n roll marathon and it was quite an experience. There were 20,000 competitors there so it was the biggest race besides the Indianapolis mini. The weather was great but I did have one major problem. My friend, Clare Chandler broke my big toe !!!


It was two days before the run too so everything was planned and I had to just grin and bear it. But I must say it was worth the experience. The run course was beautiful right on lake Michigan and you ran right around all the city. I highly recommend the rock n roll series because of it's amazingly good organization and the rock bands were very high quality.


My next run will be another 13.1 and it is in Minneapolis.



Race Report written by Ryan Betz


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Ryan Betz Race Report 4 BOSTON
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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Boston is one of my favorite cities. The race was actually in the town called Canton. It was another 13.1 run and it was a very hilly course. I compleated the race with a decent time of 1:45 due to the hills. Also having to wake up at 4:30am on the day of the race was quite a difficult task as well. Though all and all, I compleated the race and got it done. I am now looking forward to the Chicago race on August 1 which should have a very large turnout.

Gold Coast Half Marathon race report
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Thursday, 08 July 2010


Last weekend I ran in the Gold Coast Half Marathon. I started training back in the beginning of March as summer waned in the southern hemisphere. My goal was a personal best, aiming to beat my previous best of 1:43:38. At the beginning of the training I believed this was a feasible goal, but the last few weeks leading up to the race I was doubtful as I had been travelling a lot and was not very mentally prepared for the race.


The race started at 6am in Gold Coast, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. My running partner Ken drove me down (though he did not run in the race that day), and a PhD student from the office, Chai Wen, also came along to cheer me on: the biggest cheering squad I’ve had since high school cross country. (Though sadly I didn’t see them, nor did they see me, the entire race.)


I was not particularly thrilled about running that morning. I didn’t sleep well the night before, and when the alarm went off at 4:00am I seriously thought about skipping the race. I managed to get myself up and out the door though.


The temperature before the start of the race was around 8°C, so I decided to run in long sleeves. I started off at the front of the 1:40-1:50 time block, and that was fairly close to the front of the race. I crossed the start line within a minute of the start of the race, with U2′s “Beautiful Day” blaring over the loudspeakers.


The first kilometre was slow for me, as it always is, with so many people crowded into such a small area. By the second kilometre I was on my target pace of 4:45/km, or 12.6km/hr. I did not have much of a plan for the race, beyond “run at or slightly better than my target pace the entire race”. I was able to do this easily for the first few kilometres and was feeling quite good, so by kilometre 5 I was confident I had a good chance at achieving both a personal best and my stretch goal of 1 hour 40 minutes.


At around kilometre 7 or 8, I noticed someone ahead of me running exactly my pace. I stuck with her, just a few feet behind, for over 10km. I felt solid straight through to kilometre 18, with very consistent split times, no more than a few seconds off my target. At around 18.5, I started to feel a bit tired, and noticed my pacer was fading a bit too. I left my pacer behind to ensure that I stayed at my target pace. Kilometres 19 and 20 were a bit tough, but I picked it up in kilometre 21 and finished strong, albeit without much of a sprint.


My watch showed a finish time of 1:40:08, which I was quite happy with, but it was just a tad over the elusive 1:40:00. When I got home and checked the “chip time” results, which corresponds to the time the race coordinators recorded for me as my timing chip crossed the start and finish lines, it was 1:39:59. Who am I to argue with that?


I was quite surprised, really, to have achieved that personal best and to beat 1 hour 40 minutes. Analyzing the data when I got home, I was pleased to see that I had a strong negative split, with the second half of the race being a full minute faster than the first half of the race. I’m very pleased with the result and enjoyed the training leading up to the race.


My next race is in four weeks’ time. Ken and I are going to run a 10k here in Brisbane, with a goal of speed. I haven’t run for speed in a long time — ever, really — so this will be literally and figuratively a change of pace.

Written by Douglas Stebila

Ryan Betz Race Report 3 ANN ARBOR
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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon is hosted by the Ann Arbor track club every year.

It wasn't my best race so far, I was feeling good in the morning but my legs did not feel great. The temperature was great but I wore two shirts thinking it would be cold. This made my run much more tiring as I warmed up during the race. There were about 6000 runners competing and a good amount of top runners.

The course was pretty hilly, but not to bad. For some reason or another, when I ran, I had to make a stop to go to the bathroom which cost me time. Though I will say I think this has been the most organized event I have done so far. I finished 526 overall in 1:44 which is slow for me and I am still sore from my bad run.

My next race is in Boston on June 26 which is one of the 13.1 series half marathons so looking forward to that.

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