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Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge 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: 4:38.0 (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: Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:23:12, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 2
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Race Report: Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL

Result: 2nd in age group, 10th overall male, 11th overall.

Race: I figured no one knew about the $25,000 being given away for the top 5 places at this race so I'd run it even though I am out of shape and might accidentally fall into some free money, but unfortunately it was clear I was not going to place in the money spots by the first mile.  I was kind of right- only 328 runners showed up, but unfortunately a couple of semi-pros found out about it :)

I did  not get passed by anyone after the first 100 meters- but I did not really put myself in a position to be passed either.  I was overtly conservative thinking sub 6:00/miles would be a breeze- and why push myself if there was no money involved?  Instead I just wanted to build my confidence...  I was wrong.  Running the 6/mile pace became impossible.  Then 6:20 was a struggle, then 6:40... then miles 9 and 10 were both over 7:10/mile.  At mile 11, the 2nd overall female and another male caught up to me and we talked for a bit, but the  competitor in me did not want to be beaten, so I sped up and put about 10 seconds on them for the finish.  I regret that a bit (leaving them behind), but hey it is a race and it's not like I caught up to them and chatted them up then passed them, it was the other way around.

In the end, this race was a bit humiliating.  I tried really hard and still ran a time that is one of the worst of my running career.  I've run 27 half marathons and only 3 were slower than 1:20.  I had not run this bad since 2013 when I was averaging 30 miles a week and thought long runs were anything over 5 miles.  

I was tired, unmotivated, and did not enjoy being back in a race.  The worst part was the race started the exact opposite- I was engaged, relaxed, and ready to have fun with whatever happened.  It might be best to throw this one out the window.  

In hindsight (and with certain bias), I really should have just kept up the mileage the last two weeks and not bothered "tapering" for this.  Considering I ran a trail marathon six days ago, I guess you cannot really call it tapering, but still- a big waste of two weeks.

Training-wise, I need to lose weight- both fat and muscle.  I need to add more speed (longer than 3 miles).  Lastly, I need to run with faster people who are willing to push with me.  

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