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2019 Gasparilla Half Marathon (Florida)

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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: 2019 Gasparilla Half Marathon (Florida) (13.109 Miles) 01:13:11, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 7
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2019 Gasparilla Half Marathon Race Report (Day 2)

The conditions were the same as yesterday's  race, but fortunately today there was 100% cloud cover, allowing some semblance of mercy.

Start line: Lining up next to some of the pros was cool.  Parker Stinson, fresh off a 1:02:11 a month ago, was a cool sight.  I actually felt pretty recovered from yesterday.  I suppose my preparation has a bit to do with that, but I was thankful nonetheless.  I decided to be super conservative this race, and planned on averaging 5:40-5:45 miles, depending on how I felt- I just didn't want to blow up, especially with how terrible I felt just 22 hours ago.

Miles 1-5: Easy peasy.  You start the race by looping Davis Island, and honestly it is the simplest 5 miles of any run you'll ever do.  I was 30th going over the bridge to the island and probably about 18th or so heading back over the bridge exiting the island.  

Miles 6-8: Clicked off nice and easy and I started dropping my pace.  The wind was really hitting us head on, but I just felt good.  I would catch one person, hang on, then speed up to the next one.  I continued this method until I was in 11th place, passing one of the Kenyans (I mean Americans...) who was over-heating and quit the race.  The wind was tough in this section- mile 7 was an anomally because of it, but other than that mile things clicked pretty well.

Mile 9 had me catching the final two guys putting me into 8th place overall.  I was very excited by that.  I was definitely sore from yesterday, but I was very focused today to persevere through the pain.  

Miles 10-13 went by fine.  I was enjoying the cheering from the runners who were passing on the far side of Bayshore Blvd- they were a welcomed group.  The air went from windy to "dead" in this stretch (wind was probably at my back), and it was so uncomfortably hot.  I was sweating from everywhere and my glasses were fogging from humidity- had I jumped in a pool I would have probably felt just as wet.

I saw the lead female and... I could not believe it- Austin Richmond- ahead of me by about 35 seconds at one point at mile 10.  I knew Austin was a local runner, but I also knew he runs a 46:00-flat 15k, so he wasn't worth catching.  Even if I caught him, he'd easily pull away.

Finish & Final thoughts- I was really proud of myself.  I could have just mailed it in and I even had thoughts after yesterday that I would just be setting myself up for failure by even doing the race at all.  I began the first third of the racee aiming for a sub 1:15 and worked it all the way down to a sub 1:14 at the half way mark.  Then, over the last third I almost cracked 1:13 and had some left in the tank. 

I am really happy that my 5:25/mile pace yesterday translated into a 5:35 pace the next day in a longer race.  I figured 0:15-0:20/mile was more likely.  Considering Austin's was +0:22/mile from both days, I am even more pleased.

Money- Apparently, I am second overall local runner again, lucking myself into another $1,500 today!  That makes a two day total of $3,000, just for doing something I love to do!  I am thankful no one faster showed up, and that's not modesty.  Realistically, I did not run times that are fast enough to win money of that amount.  It just goes to show you, it's all about who shows up, and you never know- last year I wouldn't even be walking away with $500 let alone $3,000.  

Splits-  5:44, 5:43, 5:53, 5:27, 5:35, 5:35, 5:46, 5:34, 5:32, 5:32, 5:24, 5:28, finish-5:56 (5:17/mile)

for 1st half- 36:53, 2nd half- 36:18 (-0:25 split)

Places- 1st- (Scott Fauble) 1:05:09, 2nd (Elkanah Kibet) 1:05:13, 3rd (Augustus Maiyo) 1:05:22, 4th (Parker Stinson) 1:06:29, 5th 1:09:42, 6th (Austin) 1:12:25, 7th 1:12:29, 8th (me) 1:13:11, 9th 1:13:49, 10th 1:14:04

From Tom K on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 19:04:38 from

Man, that's sime blazing fast stuff! Congratulations on getting the dough!

From Mike on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 06:52:00 from

Completely lucky, but you won't see me complaining!

From Tyler on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 07:34:43 from

Great racing! I'm impressed you could gut through the half in back-to-back races. I heard conditions were brutal. A well-earned $3k. Showing up is only part of the battle, the other part is all you.

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