It's all relative

2019 St Pete Grand Prix 5k

Previous MonthRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesMike's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek View
Graph View
Next Month
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
20152016201720182019
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

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: 15:33 (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: 2:47:56 (Florida, Nov. 2015)

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

Personal:

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

Miles:This week: 17.10 Month: 335.55 Year: 1019.75
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
291.1944.36335.55
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.803.2011.00

PM: Workout in East Lake.  3x1600 with half time recoveries (2:30).  I was pretty strict with myself, since that usually yields the best results.  I figured I would be a bit too tired to handle mile repeats, but I felt fine after the first 400, so I just kept chugging.  I didn't reach deep into the tank on this workout, but had I tried four intervals, I would have had to.

Splits- 4:57, 4:59, 4:58, 0:29 (200m finish sprint after a 20 second walking break)

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
14.400.0014.40

AM: 10 miles solo

PM: 4+ miles evening it out.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.009.0025.00

AM: marathon-ish workout. Elia joined me on the slow stuff, but was solo for the other 11 miles. Started the workout at mile six. 3x3mile at sub 17:59 goal pace.

Splits- 17:54, 17:28, 17:57

I suspect the gps was a bit funky for the last one, since it was a bit curvy, so it was likely a bit faster than that.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

PM: 10 miles solo

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
18.253.0021.25

AM: 11.25 miles 3 fast with 12x400 intervals at HM effort or faster.

PM: 10 miles and 15 hill repeats.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.001.0011.00

PM: 11 miles solo, 1 mile of striders

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

AM: 4 miles solo.

PM: 6 miles with Elia.

Add Comment
Race: 2019 St Pete Grand Prix 5k (3.05 Miles) 00:14:58, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.953.0510.00

St Pete Grand Prix 5k

Goal time (aided): 15:00

Final time (aided): 14:58

Course: The course itself is awesome! However, the course is notorious for being short.  Tons of twists and turns (it is a race car track set up in St Pete) all fenced in with barriers, road blocks, and the course starts and finishes on the beautiful waterfront of St Pete.  I have spoken to the race director a couple of times who assured me it was 5k, but she is definitely not correct.  I'd give it a max of 3.07, but more likely 3.04-3.05.  It is frustrating when race directors aren't even close to accurate- 100-110 meters makes a big difference in a race only 5k long.  It is even more frustrating when they call it a "5k".  I guess "4.9k" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Race- I went out on fire with nothing to lose- short course, C race, no tapering, knowing I wanted every mile under 5 minutes.  After about 10 seconds, a twenty-year-old ran out ahead of me- now, we're in business.  He had runner shorts, a tank top, head band- he had the look!  He ran the first quarter in 1:10, and the second quarter in 1:12.  Wow, 2:22 for the first 800!  I couldn't help it, I fell right into the speed trap about two steps behind him, but knew I had more.  I was confident that this gentleman was in for rude awakening based on his breathing pattern, but who knows, I've been wrong before!  We rolled through mile 1 in 4:49 and he was about 1-2 seconds ahead- way too fast, but, whatever, I was enjoying the challenge.  

Mile 2- I passed him right about here.  Oh man was trying to hang on, but I kept it fast.  I rolled through the next half mile in 2:25 and entered the first 180 degree U-turn in pit row.  He was definitely faltering here- about 15 seconds back- so I tried to relax a little, moving through mile two in 4:54.  I knew I was about to pay the price, but forget it, it was worth it... at the time.

Mile 3- This mile was cool, although I was feeling the fitness falter, especially running solo again.  The pit crews, family, car riders, etc. were all watching/drinking/talking trash while outside the fences, so that was motivating.  The frequent turns were a pain- I can't even imagine having to do that in a machine capable of such high speeds.  5:01 overall for this mile.  

The finish: I glided through with 14:58 on the clock and still had energy left, which is always a cool feeling in a 5k- I'm usually beat.  I finished with a 4:55 per mile average overall, and a 4:49-4:50/mile average is needed to break 15:00, so again- bogus course.  The guy who had been running with me finished in 15:57 or so.

Final thoughts: I had 3.06 for the distance on my watch, but I didn't care- I knew the type of race I was getting into, so I wasn't angry.  It was worth it to see "14:xx" on the clock down the last straight.  The weather turns pretty poor from here on out in Florida, but I may take another stab at a couple of races before Boston, however my main focus will be the marathon, so it will just be a no tapering scenario for them.  

I think on this day (had the course been long enough) it would have been interesting to see what I would have done if the course was certified.  Alas, it was not, so all I've got is a fun story that I hopefully won't embellish with time!  

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
12.750.0012.75

AM: 12.75 miles

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
19.504.5024.00

AM: 20 miles, 4+ fast with bridge repeats.  Ran with Elia

PM: 4 miles

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.500.0015.50

AM: 10 miles, solo.

PM: gym and then the treadmill with some hills- 5.5 miles

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.005.0020.00

AM: 11.5 miles, 2 fast

PM: 8.5 miles, 3 fast.  Workoutes was 6x800, 1x200 with half time recoveries, full time recovery after the third one, then back to half time recoveries.

Splits- 2:24, 2:24, 2:28, 2:24, 2:26, 2:28, 0:33

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
16.600.0016.60

AM: 10.5 miles solo

PM: 6.1 miles with Elia and Alan

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
11.750.0011.75

AM: 6.2 miles solo

PM: 5.55 miles solo

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

No running- was kayaking all day and have some serious callouses and raw skin to prove it!

Add Comment
Race: 5th Annual Halo 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:15:44, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.093.1112.20

So I had a couple of extra bucks returned to me for a groupon deal that didn't pan out, so I used it on a local certified 5k.  I did not taper obviously, and kayaking didn't help, but I figured might as well use the speed while I've got it!

~The race~

I did at first shoot for a sub 15:15, but after mile 1 that was not in the cards as I was already tiring, no one was near me, and lapping the walkers is alway a nightmare when trying to go fast.  I shut it down and put myself on auto-pilot the rest of the way.  Contradictingly, I am excited to feel "disappointed" with a 5k in the 15's... I never thought I'd be at this level.  

The good news?  For placing first, I received $50 to a local running store, a free year at the local gym good for any of the locations, and a beautiful stained glass piece of art.  For less than $10, I made out like a bandit!

Splits- 4:52, 5:05, 5:19, 0:28

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.205.0020.20

AM: 20.2 miles.  I paced Elia and Brian in their half marathon PR attempts.  Brian got it, but Elia was not quite there.  I ran with music, which was a nice touch.  I wouldn't say any of it was truly "fast", but I did give effort.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.550.0010.55

PM: 10+ miles solo

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
14.057.5021.55

AM: 10.25 miles, 3 fast

PM: 11.3 miles with Jeremy, Brian, Steve, John, and Wilcox, 4.5 of them fast as a hills workout.  We used the up and the down for the workout.  I progressively got faster, and although did not feel recovered at all from the last week, I found it relatively easy overall.  Paces were marathon pace increasing all the way down to 10k pace with regular pace running as "recoveries."  Happy we chose to do hills- I always neglect them since they are impossible to find in Florida.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

PM: 8 miles, brutally slow.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.350.005.35

PM: 5.35 miles slow.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

No running

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
27.350.0027.35

AM: Paced a marathon with Rona.  Very cool memory I will always have!

Comments(1)
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
17.100.0017.10

AM: 11.3 miles solo

PM: 5.8 miles and the gym.

Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
291.1944.36335.55
Debt Reduction Calculator


Featured Announcements
Google
Web fastrunningblog.com
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):