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Belleair Sunset 5k

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FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015



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Running Accomplishments:

Certified course PR's:

Mile: 4:38.0 (Florida, May 2015)

5K: 15:33 (Florida, Jan. 2019)

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

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

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

Marathon: 2:26:57 (Washington, July 2019)

100k (63.3 miles, trail): 9:11:00 (Florida, Jan. 2019)


I started running in 2010 and have (mostly) kept it a habit ever since!  

Miles:This week: 54.80 Month: 202.80 Year: 3001.27
Race: Belleair Sunset 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:15:33, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

AM: 2.1 miles easy

PM: 3.8 easy, 5k hard

Race: Bellair Sunset 5k

Goal: A goal: sub 15:51 (PR for a road course), B goal: sub 16, C goal: 1st overall

Course: I really enjoy this course.  There are no points where it is congested, quite flat although very breezy, there are only a couple of hard turns, and there are no 180-degree pin-point turns, so this course is pretty great for a 5k.  

The race: There was no one running with me from the start unfortunately, and the footsteps were gone from behind me about 30 seconds into it, so I was on my own.  I felt great through mile one and was very relaxed, cognizant that I needed to maintain a high cadence (I ended up with a 196 average) while relaxing as much as possible- it has been quite a long time since I've taken a 5k seriously, but I generally seemed to remember what it takes to not fall apart, not drop the cadence, and to not lose form.  Mile one was a 5:02.

Mile two was shockingly easy.  I felt in control, relaxed, but I decided not to push it despite feeling great.  Mile two was a 5:02.

Mile three was tougher and the breathing changed the moment I tried to speed it up.  I relaxed back down, afraid I was going to blow it going too early. I knew I was about 5 seconds behind breaking 15:30, but I don't know, I just talked myself into thinking I was closer than I was.  Mile three was a 5:02.

The last turn is a hard 90-degree turn down to the finish.  Although the race is small (650-700 people), it is a great finish since you can see the clock and have literally 110 meters to sprint to your hearts desire.  I closed ridiculously fast (for me anyway), my cadence hitting a 205 and finishing in 27 seconds.  I have been working on my anaerobic capacity, but wow, I felt like a sprinter out there!

The finish time was a 15:33, 1st overall and it was a PR for a road course!  The 2nd overall guy crossed the finish in 17:35 and no one else broke 18, which saddens me a bit, since this race is usually a really fast one.

Splits- 5:02, 5:02, 5:02, 0:27

Final thoughts:  I just missed 15:30, but that's okay, it's right around the corner and I did hit my planned goal and a shiny new PR.  With hindsight bias, I suppose I should have amended my goal, but I had nothing to go by having just ran a 100k ultramarathon a couple of weeks ago.  I mean really, let's be serious- I'm happy to have any speed at all.  I really felt good this race (especially during it), and it is probably the first 5k I've ever had that didn't feel like I was on fire by the end of it.  


From jtshad on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 09:30:11 from

Congrats on the smokin fast new PR and win! Man you are on fire...that range I mentioned on your 100K report is so impressive. Good luck at the PR in the upcoming HM.

From Jason D on Sun, Feb 03, 2019 at 13:23:58 from

Congrats, Mike! Perfect splits. I would echo what Jeff said above.

From Mike on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 07:45:48 from

Thanks guys! I appreciate it. I didn't think it was logically possible to do well in both, so I'm a bit surprised as well.

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