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Gasparilla 15k

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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
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AM: 17 miles, about 9 of those with Anthony on a humid/foggy morning.  Florida is incredibly weird in the spring season.  I walk outside (albeit it was at 4:55 in the morning) and am chilly (and shirtless), but then 3 miles in it has warmed up 5 degrees and the humidity has increased and it is just killer.  Even the street lights are making their own micro-clouds of mist underneathe them.  

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PM: 8 miles solo.

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AM: 10 miles total, 3 miles fast/race pace.

PM: 9 miles solo.

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PM: 5 miles, 4 with Anthony.  85 million degrees outside and humid.  It's not so much the temperature as much as it is humidity/dew point.  the real issue is my sun glasses fog up like I'm in a steam room and that's just annoying.

Forecast for the weekend: Florida record-breaking heat of 86 degrees, up to 80% humidity, and 7-10 mph wind, and you don't even want to know the dew point.

I'll be sweaty and miserable, but at least I know everyone else will be too.  One of my very fast friends decided to join for Gasparilla in the 15k Saturday and/or the half marathon on Sunday- however he is from up north.  I am worried he doesn't know what he is getting into with the weather down here.  The weather really does completely change your game plan, so I hope he heeds my warning.

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No running.

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PM: a couple of easy miles.

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Race: Gasparilla 15k (9.321 Miles) 00:52:06, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 1
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Gasparilla 15k Race Report

Weather- hot (80s), humid, no breeze... gross.

Race prep- I felt pretty good coming into this.  I'd been sick for the last two weeks, but had been training through it just fine, so I wasn't worried.  I figured a sub 51 was in the cards, with a long shot at sub 50.  I was content with that.

The race- Geez did I misjudge myself.  The first mile was a 5:18 and it felt- too fast.  So I dropped the pace a bit.  Still felt too fast.  I hoped to find my groove, instead I found that I had made a huge mistake.  Mile 5 I started blowing up.  I wasn't even close, but kept trying to push, while getting passed by 5 runners.  One of those runners I had beaten easily in a half just weeks before pretty handily by over a minute, but today he returned the favor and then some. 

I was thankfully able to out-sprint a college kid at  the end to finish in 9th, thankfully.  Other than that, it was a pretty negative day.  I'd like to say I at least worked hard, but mentally I don't think I truly did.  I need to work on that- let's see if I do.  

Splits- 5:18, 5:26, 5:25, 5:31, 5:48, 5:26, 5:47, 6:03, 5:50, Finish- 1:42

1st half- 25:25, 2nd half- 26:41

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