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Honda St. Pete Grand Prix 5k

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Location:

FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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)

Personal:

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
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62.088.0070.08
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21.700.0021.70

Solo long run on the clearwater/belleair/sand key bridges area. Loved this run, but need to run with people or my pace is way too leisurely. Finally committed and kept the last 12 miles in the 7:30 range.

 

Today is the day that I finally beat my Garmin watch. I've always wondered if I'd ever run long enough for it to shut off, and thanks to its advanced age, it finally died on a run before I did.

Score:
Garmin: 1,000+
Me: 1

Suck it, watch.

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7.501.008.50

Warmup laps, then beep test for fun with the kids. We then played indoor soccer for cardio (thunderstorm/rain). After practice finally got to run a nice 7-miler. Very slow.

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6.554.0010.55

Ran 2 sets of 4 x 800s with 200 rest in between each item and 400 between each set with Drew and Lee. Lee took it easy today and hung back a bit, so it was just Drew and I, really. Although warm, I felt like I ran alright, so the dewpoint must not be too terrible yet. All were in between 2:34 and 2:40, with the last one in at 2:38.

Drew was a big help as always. I really missed the competitive edge of our group, since we've had different running schedules the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to re-kindle it a bit. Hopefully it grows, I really think our group could start running some special times and giving some even better efforts. Today was a ton of fun, plain and simple.

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6.270.006.27

PM run after track practice.

Then gym for some 5x5s with focus on lats, bis, traps, deltoids, rhomboids, and then some good old fashioned planks to finish it off.

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Day off, had conferences in the morning, track meet, then long drive home. Figured I'd have trouble fitting it in, but it's good to have a break. Just makes me more excited for tomorrow!

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Race: Honda St. Pete Grand Prix 5k (3.04 Miles) 00:15:40, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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6.253.009.25

I had a fun warmup in the drizzling rain, which eventually cleared. I was not too excited to be running on wet brick, but figured I'd only have to worry about it for the first quarter mile or so. This event had a ton of runners from our run group: Joe, Quint, Drew, and a surprise entry with Wendy and Sean. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him. I was very excited for him to have the opportunity to be racing again even if he is still recovering a bit, I know he missed competing.

The start line looked quite formidable for a local 5k, and the course is generally short by about 0.05 or 0.06, so I knew it would be fast. I knew Drew would be absolutely ready to rock, but was interested to see if anyone else would be there. I shouldn't have been surprised, but Sean G. ran out to a quick lead and a small group of 8 or so of us followed. When the dust settled at about mile 1, there were only about 4 of us remaining. My watch was being funky because of the tall buildings, and although I was hoping for 5:14 per mile, I decided to just run by feel. Fortunately Drew took charge by mile 2, and although I never looked back, I felt the other 2 runners drop well off by then.

Drew was an incredible help from this point forward. I just focused on his pace, my breathing, and on my form. Without him, I don't think I would have achieved any improvements today in my 5k running, so I was more than thankful. With about a half mile to go, I felt pretty good, but the gap had widened considerably to about 11-12 seconds. I had a fleeting though about making a hard push, but fortunately thought better of it. I just tried to maintain the distance, my focus and form. Although I had dreams of closing the gap, I definitely didn't have any extra speed in me despite feeling alright. It really was an odd feeling.

The end was a whirlwind. I was very happy for Drew and myself, and then seeing Quint and Sean finish in the top 6 was pretty exciting and put me over the top for a bit. I had a flashing moment where I hoped we'd all eventually be pushing each other at full speed to get better. I never was on a running team, but it evidently causes these flashes and/or seizures. Who knew?

Lots of fun- now if only it was a certified course...

Race notes: almost got beat down by a large man who I had apparently walked backed into. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. Also, tried to pick up Drew's award to give to him as well, but they lady I think though I was going to steal it. As a white, affluent male, this is a normal expectation, so I'm used to it. We're all thieves up to debauchery.

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13.810.0013.81

AM: 11 miles on the Dunedin Causeway and trail.

PM: 3 ish mile shakeout run before lifting on the treadmill

Gym: 5 x 5 chest: flys (60lbs), decline press (60), tricep: pulldown (110), dips, shoulders: overhead press (70), T's and I's, rotator cuff: in and outs on the fly machine (20-25), abs: planks, side planks, side-to-sides with 25s

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