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BDR Safety Harbor Half Marathon

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FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015



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Running Accomplishments:

Certified course PR's:

Mile: 4:28.0 (Florida, Jan 2020)

5K: 15:12 (FL, Jan. 2020)

10K: 31:44 (FL, Feb. 2020)

15K: 49:03 (FL, Feb. 2020)

1/2 Marathon: 1:10:34 (FL, Feb. 2020)

Marathon: 2:26:57 (WA, July 2019)

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


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

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 23.20 Year: 1064.30
Race: BDR Safety Harbor Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:10:34, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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BDR Safety Harbor Half Marathon

Wow.  The best weather I've ever had for a race.  Low 50s, crisp air, minimal humidity, light breeze, and cloud cover.  Unbelievable.  If it wasn't for yesterday, I'd have been over the moon as to what I could achieve.  You don't understand- the chances of weather like this in Florida are quite literally 1 in 100 and only occur in January/February.  

Goal- to stay with the leaders and then race them hard the last 2 miles.  However, with the weather I had changed my mindset to shooting for a sub 1:12 (really anything under my previous PR of 1:12:33 I would have been happy.)  Even on tired legs, I thought this would be pretty doable.

The course- brand new and recertified, so I guess I retire the previous course with the course record.  This one was much more challenging however.  Multiple hillier sections and two passes over a highway bridge as well as an odd boardwalk section made it an uneven effort.  I found myself having to pay attention a lot more than yesterday, where both courses are pancakes.  Still, the hills are nothing compared to other races in my honest opinion, so I'm just being a whiny Floridian.

The race: Immediately I was out in front with no one contending.  I felt sore from the two races yesterday, but the pace felt so easy that I just decided to find a state of flow and lock in.  Even splits didn't matter to me,  anything under 5:29/mile was cool in my book.  

I absolutely was loving it.  By the mile 3 turnaround I was able to see I had a full minute lead, so I was just cruising and enjoying it.  Lots of smiling and thanking volunteers/spectators.  It was cool to feel that in control.

At the halfway point, I knew 1:12 was a done deal, so I changed my thought process into sub 1:11.  I knew a negative split would need to be in order, but I hadn't pushed at all yet, and maintaining/speeding up was still manageable.

The new hill/bridge/boardwalk section was tough, but I had plenty in the tank.  I maintained the pace through this section which was a bit surprising and with about 1.5 miles left I thought it was time to start pushing.  I knew I was on pace for about a 1:11:00 flat, so I really wanted to drop it under that mark.  How cool- a 1:10 half marathon?!  I never would have dreamed it nine years ago.  I certainly wouldn't have a day after hard racing. 

I was gliding and felt smooth.  I even watched a couple of videos from spectators and friends, and it's funny- it looks almost as if I am running slow.  Obviously that's not slow, but it looked like (in the video) I should be trying a lot harder!  I guess that's not conducive to good racing- relaxing is- but it was just surprising to see second hand.

I crossed the finish line/tape and couldn't help but smile!  Not only was I fortunate enough to take 1st overall, but I did it in all 3 races, racked up 2 Personal records, 2 course records, and just an overall sense of accomplishment I cannot truly describe.  I don't think it hit me yet.  These aren't huge races or anything- 2,000 people max- but it's still pretty cool.  Sometimes, you just know something will be a memory forever, and this is definitely going to be.  No one can take this weekend away from me- the one nice thing about the internet I suppose.  And most importantly, I was in the moment so often this weekend that it was truly exhilerating.  

Splits- 5:25, 5:26, 5:23, 5:19, 5:27, 5:24, 5:28, 5:25, 5:27, 5:26, 5:22, 5:21, 5:17, 0:24

From Tom K on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 11:36:43 from

Wow! Congratulations on a weekend of dominance! That is a lot of fast running!

How do you follow up something like this?

From Bret on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 12:14:07 from

Congratulations on a great set of results! You are really in a zone and crushing it.

I remember doing a few races in Safety Harbor when I lived in Florida years ago. Trying to picture where the boardwalk/bridge may have been on that route.

From Mike on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 15:26:12 from

Hey Bret, it's on the Ream Wilson trail over McMullen Booth towards U.S. 19.

From Bret on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 15:32:23 from

Ah - I know exactly where that is. I used to run from the Long Center on Belcher to Safety Harbor on that trail. Odd choice for a race course!

From Mike on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 16:05:26 from

Man, you're telling me. I did not appreciate the change, that's for sure. I think it was a money saving maneuver, since they don't need police on the trail...

From Jason D on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 20:43:43 from

Wow. Congratulations, Mike. That is quite a weekend of racing and PRs. Fantastic work.

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