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Weedon Island Parkrun 5k

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FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015



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Running Accomplishments:

Certified course PR's:

Mile: 4:28.0 (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: Weedon Island Parkrun 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:16:19, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

AM: Ran the parkrun again- was relatively cool for the first time this year, and was the coolest race since.... Boston marathon?  64 degrees, cloudy, humid..  I was expecting to run a 16:30 and clambered in at 16:19, besting my last course record by 35 seconds.  I say clambered, because this course is just so challenging.  

Good news- I definitely think 15:59 will happen here, it will happen soon, and I think I'm the one to do it first, but I'll have to hurry.  The British are starting to show up, and it's only a matter of time a college XC/track runner decides to holiday in the area.  I am in 15:30 shape currently, so I think if I just keep doing what I'm doing, I can take a real hack at it on the 21st of December.  I think I might keep running the course the next two weekends, but only as a workout basis.

Bad news- I didn't give a full effort today.  I did convince myself that I was, but the heart rate tells a different story.  In hindsight, I could tell a handful of times I mindlessly accepted my brain lying to me about my effort.  A minute after I finished, I was ready to race the route again.  

How I can improve on this course- Really, it comes down to the three turnarounds and the 90 degree turns- I just have no tenacity when it comes to building back up to pace and still am sloppy about it when I do work my way back up there.  I also can make up time with a smoother/more efficient start (I should run striders more formally prior to the 5k to fix this), and lastly I should immediately start flooring it at the final turnaround at the lookout tower.  Also worth noting, I should be coming into that last section at or below 12:29 if I am to have a chance.

This course is straight-up home-field advantage, which I'm loving.  I really don't see someone killing this course without running it once at minimum.  The gps is pretty much worthless. 

This is turning into one of my favorite mini-goals I've ever had.

From Eugene on Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 10:32:00 from

nice job! meanwhile iím over here celebrating my 3-year anniversary since i last raced lol

From Mike on Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 15:51:13 from

Man, I appreciate both mindsets, just depends on the timing. Itís an ebb and a flow between them both, so itís clear youíre seeing that. When/if youíre ready, youíll be ready. Enjoy your unprecedented ride youíre on however. Future you will appreciate it!

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