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St. Pete Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Certified road course PR's:

Mile: 4:38.0 (Florida, May 2015)

5K: 15:51 (Florida, April 2017)

10K: 34:31 (Florida, Sept. 2015)

15K: 50:07 (Florida, Feb. 2017)

1/2 Marathon: 1:12:33 (Florida, Feb. 2017)

Marathon: 2:47:56 (FL, Nov. 2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Continue to have fun every time I get my shoes on and run.

Personal:

I never ran at all until 2010. I was overweight and just wanted to get healthy. Running was what helped me through that experience and it just became a habit after a couple of years running on and off.

Miles:This week: 35.40 Month: 196.60 Year: 3431.21
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AM: 11 miles at track in Safety Harbor.  Ran some fast laps, but mostly slower as I matched with different runners to help them to their goals.  A new guy came today who has a 4:04 mile and a 1:48 800m accredited to his name- at age 39- hopefully he joins!

PM: 9 miles at track in St. Pete.  I haven't been here in about a year (or longer), so it was nice to visit.  It's an old 440-yard rounded-off square track... the only thing it's missing is a cinder track surface and it'd complete the 1940s feel to it.  The guy who runs these workouts is a pretty famous runner from the 70s and 80s and one of the cooler people I've ever had the pleasure to meet.  He didn't start running until his mid-30s, but has a 46-minute 15k, a 2:27 marathon run six days after a 2:31 marathon, and one of the most ridiculous mileage counts to his name (he still averages 10+ miles a day at age 79.)  It was nice to see him and get 2 miles of work in.

 

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Race: St. Pete Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:17:38, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 3
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St. Pete Half Marathon Race Report

This is the second to last in a string of comped entries I received that I am wholly not fit for.  That being said, what a fun race!  The splits suggest otherwise, but I truly had a great time other than being tired around mile 9.  Aerobically I felt fit however, so that's a good sign.  This course was absolutely stunning.  I run this route a lot, but they did an EXCELLENT job making this a quality race.  It would rank above Gasparilla as far as quality, and that's pretty much the only race in the area that brings in elite athletes (Meb, Ritz, and a couple of other olympic hopefuls have ran Gasparilla the last couple of years).  The course was coned and block like a big city race, they had three high school bands lining the streets at various parts with great drum lines, cheering stations, you got to run through Tropicana Field (where the MLB Tampa Bay Rays play) and be on their jumbotron, full police presence, and it was an excellent course for spectating- allowing a minimum of 4 places to easily see any runner.  Even the post-race was legitimate, catered by Bonefish/Carrabas/Outback and a local brewing company for beverages.  Not to mention some nice finish line perks as well.  I highly recommend this race even though we all know the weather in Florida is very tough.

As for the race, honestly, I felt excellent and within myself straight through mile 8, and then it was clear I just don't have the fitness to sustain a half marathon.  I was still conversational, but my legs tired, my form sagged, feet were flat, and I lost all elasticity.  It did feel good to run in the 5:30s again and have it feel easy, but it's pretty clear I need to push myself in my speedwork (and not just run everyone else's pace), add some hills (I guess on the treadmill?), and work in some progressive long runs that are actually long.  This is a positive result in the end since I know how to remedy it and hopefully it lights a bit of a fire getting by beat again.a

The race itself: Stayed with two guys for the first 9 miles and then they both pull away.  We were all on about 1:14 pace or so, but then all three of us burned up- it just so happened I fell apart the most!  It was okay though, I'm proud of my effort.  I don't like mentally having to will myself to push to each new intersection, but sometimes that's how running is- humbling.

Splits- 5:36, 5:35, 5:48, 5:43, 5:49, 5:42, 5:43, 5:38, 6:02 (uhoh...), 6:14, 6:19, 6:30, 6:26, Finish-0:44ish

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