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Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

PR's:

  • 1 mile : 5:43 (3/2017)
  • 5K : 18:34 (12/2011)
  • 5 mile : 32:03 (5/2010)
  • 10K : 39:29 (11/2013)
  • 11K: 46:47 (July 2008)
  • Half Marathon : 1:26:47 (11/2012)
  • Marathon : 3:06:34 (02/2010)
  • 50K Trail: 4:34 (01/2012)
  • 50 Mile: 8:34:48 (4/2012)
  • 100K: 11:06 (2/2012)
  • 100 Mile: 29:03:39 (6/2013)

Marathons:

  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:27:00, Oct 2016
  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:28:12, Oct 2015
  • Pocatello Marathon (ID) - 3:32:25, Sept 2015
  • Chasing The Unicorn (PA) - 3:31:20, Aug 2015
  • Run for The Red (Poconos) - 3:30:40, May 2015
  • Boston - 3:24:42, Apr 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:27:04, Jan 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:16:17, Jan 2014
  • Boston  - 3:27:00, Apr 2011
  • DesNews - 3:10:57, Jul 2010
  • Gasparilla  - 3:06:34, Feb 2010
  • Space Coast - 3:11:29, Nov 2009
  • Estes Park  (7500' and up) - 3:52:19, Jun 2009
  • Boston - 3:17:22, Apr 2009
  • Niagara Falls - 3:19:21, Oct 2008
  • San Diego RnR  - 3:24:18, Jun 2008
  • Jacksonville Marathon -3:21:24, Dec 2007
  • Chicago Marathon - 3:35:08, Oct 2007
  • Disney Marathon - 3:52:34, Jan 2007

 

 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

  • Sub 40:00 10K
  • 2:59 Marathon
  • 1:25 Half Marathon
  • 18:30 5K

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Maintain my health and continuously seek to improve my fitness. Maybe someday get under 3:00 for marathon. More importantly, I'd like to figure out what my maximum ability is and reach that.

I'd also like to find the right balance in life and use running to enhance and improve myself.

 

Personal:

Dad of  two awesome kids.

Also, have one wonderful brown dog named Sammy and just added a grey tiger cat whose life started out rough but now has a better home.

I've recently started another blog so I can easily add lots of pictures and so other non-FRB users can leave comments:

Forward Progress!

 Also, for 2012 I started a blog to write down each day one thing that I am grateful for

Grateful Blog

 

Love living in Florida but love to travel and see the country and rest of the world.

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 29.26 Month: 124.63 Year: 1356.10
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 199.33
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 473.59
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 639.62
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 352.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
141.1133.2911.500.000.000.000.00185.90
GoRun Sonic Miles: 38.57GoRun Ride3 Miles: 64.26Pearl Izumi II Miles: 25.14GoMeb Speed2 Miles: 16.84
Race: Long Play 33 1/3 Ultra (33.333 Miles) 06:18:33, Place overall: 16, Place in age division: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
33.460.000.000.000.000.000.0033.46

Long Play Ultra Marathon 33 1/3 Miles, Race Report

Official Time: 6:18:33

The main goals of the race today was to cover some miles, help my friend Dixie run his first ultra marathon, and experience the ups and downs of running 33 miles.

The race started at 6:30, just as it was about to get light out.  We had arrived about 5:30 after a drive of just under an hour (almost took two cars because Dixie called at 4:25 to say he would be almost 15 minutes late, I said I'd wait, 5 minutes later he was waiting for me at the meeting spot - fortunately traffic is pretty light at 4:30 am).

Just before 6:30, the race director Andy Matthews was going over the course and things to look out for (like the water crossings) and how not to get lost.  Dixie was back at the car getting some last minute things.  10 seconds before the race started he was back and ready to go but noticed he didn't have his Garmin.   I said I'd run slow and he could catch up -  I didn't want to lose sight of the runners and risk taking a wrong turn.  It all worked out.  He was soon caught up and we were running a nice easy pace in the back of the pack and slowly working our way to the middle.

Start to Tucker Hill (6 miles) - 10:59, 9:44, 10:44, 10:20, 9:57, 11:55

I think this section was pretty uneventful, running was good and it seemed to go by pretty quickly.  There was a 2.5 mile aid station (turnaround for the 5 mile race) which we didn't stop at.  This section had a combination of packed dirt road, paved road (very briefly), paved bike trail, sandy fire road and finally single track.

Tucker Hill to Croom Road Aid Station (Miles 7-14) - 12:02, 10:15, 10:32, 9:55, 9:03, 9:32, 9:44, 10:06

The back side of Tucker hill is covered in roots and a bit tough (for me) to run on and there was a few muddy spots but not too too terrible.  There is also a fun ravine to run through.  After the ravine, we started picking up the pace and had some good miles through this section.  In hindsight, maybe we went a little too fast, but nothing crazy at lesat.  It was all pretty much single track until we reached Croom Road which is paved.  We weren't on it too long before hitting the aid station and getting back onto single track.  I think at about mile 10, I noted we were averaging a 10:28 pace.  Thought that if we could hold this pace, bank a few faster miles here and there we would be in good shape.  Unofficial goal was under 6 hours which seemed very reasonable, 10:00 pace would get us about 5:30, 11:00 pace would make us just miss it.

Croom Road Aid Station to Course Turnaround (Miles 15-20) - 10:59, 10:10, 17:24, 10:14, 10:26, 10:38

Headed back onto the trail, wound through some woods and then I could hear the highway nearby (I-75), where we should have gotten onto a sidewalk underneath an overpass with a rive next to it.  But the sidewalk was under water.  The flags were there marking where the route should have been.  It didn't look too safe (although I think it would have been ok since there was a guardrail hidden underwater which would have prevented us from falling into the river.  But, there was a way around, over a fence, scrambling through some brush and along a steep embankment, then over another fence and back next to the water again.  So, all of this meant a pretty slow mile.  But, it also meant Dixie had a chance to recharge and catch a second wind.  There was an aid station in the Silver Lake campground, quick stop there and then onto the turnaround.  Through some more cypress then into some open areas near meadows until finally getting to the turnaround aid station just past 20 miles.  They had gels there, so I took one because you never know if  you really can have enough gels.

Course Turnaround to Croom Road Aid Station (Miles 21-26) - 11:40, 11:31, 12:25, 13:05, 15:33, 19:02

This was some of the most serene looking terrain and I felt good that we were finally heading back and were more than half way done.  Dixie was struggling a bit so we talked different strategies such as 3-1 or 4-1 run-walk and just concentrated on what we could do.  Eventually made it back to the campground aid station where I had run ahead a little faster to try and save time, filling up Dixie's water bottle and encouraging him to keep going.  Got going again and then back to the flooded out overpass.  He got ahead of me and is better at scrambling across that sort of thing so I figured I'd catch back up once running again.  But, by the time I had gotten past the flooded bridge aread and over the fences the trail came to a fork.  I was pretty sure we needed to take a slightly different path back.  Dixie was nowhere to be seen, but another runner who we had run into earlier had caught up.  He was pretty sure we should go right, so right it was.

For a while the trail looked like what I thought it should.  There were periodic orange flags put up by the race director, along with the blue blazes painted on trees to mark the existing trail.  Then, the trail was no more.  I could still see the orange flags but instead of ground was a flooded cypress swamp.  RD did mention something about water crossings.  Ok, here goes.  Water was ankle deep, then thigh deep, and then waist deep.  Almost looked like it would keep going.  I knew that this was actual trail most of the year so the ground under the water was fairly solid but also rooty.  And then, eventually the trail was back again.

Trail wound on some more and then it disappared again.  But, with all of the zigging and zagging and what looked like a road nearby it almost seemed like I had taken a wrong turn and was on the wrong side of the water.  So, I looked at my garmin and pulled up the little line drawing map and sure enough it showed that I would complete the loop if I kept on going forward.  So, back in the water.  This one was a bit more open looking with fewer trees and it also bordered closer to the river.  But, then after maybe 4 or 5 minues (which seemed like forever), the trail was back.

So, that was the 15 and 19 minute miles.  And soon after the trail was back I came out of the woods I was at the 26 mile aid station.  And, not only that I was congratulated by the volunteers for actually following the correct trail (they had been making the people that went the wrong why run out 0.2 and back 0.2 miles to make up the lost 0.4 miles  (although they also missed all the fun and lost time of slogging through the swamp water).  I had just missed Dixie by about a minute.

Croom Road Aid Station to Finish Line (Miles 27-33.333) - 11:26, 9:35, 11:45, 12:42, 11:27, 9:10, 8:55, 0.46@8:15

I left the aid station, making up some of the lost time and eventually caught up to Dixie.  He seemed to be on a second wind and was running strong for a while and also running with a woman named Crystal (who had herself gotten lost and had run an extra several miles somehow (and also missed the swamp crossing)).  We had a few slow miles and stuck together until I got to the mile 31 aid station.  Stopped there and when I looked back realized I had gotten ahead farther than planned.   The sun was being kept mostly behind clouds but it was still a bit warm at around 78 degrees.   Decided it'd be ok to go ahead.  I felt good and picked up speed as the course changed from single track to fire road and then eventually paved bike path until finally back to dirt road.  About a mile away the RD had put up a series of signs - "You're almost there!", "Keep Going", "There's BEER at the finish line", and then "Say YES", followed by  "Say YES" repeated 48 more times.   The last "Say YES" sign had a drawing of an engagement ring on it.  The RD's girlfriend was running her first ultra marathon and apparently was in for a big surprise at the finish line.

I finished up, grabbed some refreshments and headed back to the finish line to catch a photo finish of Dixie and Crystal.

Also got to see the proposal - she said yes fortunately!

Overall, it would have been nice to run this a bit faster even though I was mainly wanting to just pace Dixie, but he did finish and with the obstacles and warmer temps it could have been worse.

But, maybe the best part was how easy the last 7 miles felt for me after I hit the 26 mile mark and how good it was to experience so many things I would never have seen or done.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.090.000.000.000.000.000.008.09

Ran at the Y, 7:41 average pace

Looking back, I thought I must have run some intervals, but I did not, just a little bit faster than normal run.  Feeling good after only one day off after Sunday's ultra.

GoRun Sonic Miles: 8.09
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.220.000.000.000.000.000.008.22

8.22 mi 01:10 08:33 pace

Basic. Actually, it's Friday today and I don't remember too much about this run. But I think it was pretty good.

The above comment was from Daily Mile, I was even behind there.  I need to consolidate blogs.

GoRun Sonic Miles: 8.22
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.050.000.000.000.000.000.007.05

7.05 mi 00:57 08:05 pace

Neighborhood run. It feels like the run that almost wasn't. Started late and thought about doing 4 or 5 but it turned into 7 fortunately.

GoRun Ride3 Miles: 7.05
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.170.003.000.000.000.000.0011.17

11.17 mi, 01:27, 07:47 pace

Looped around the block, then out past the golf course and headed to the Y. Did three one mile pick ups which were planned for 7:00-7:10 range, but I felt better on each one and instead did 6:32, 6:35, 6:26. There were long breaks between the fast miles. The idea was to practice breaking out of a slower pace at any time. Whether or not this is effective it still felt good and I got the mileage in.

Pearl Izumi II Miles: 11.17
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
14.166.000.000.000.000.000.0020.16

20.16 mi, 02:37, 07:47 pace

6:50ish start in Starkey Park, ran a bit with Dixie and Jamie, and then a short stint with Jackie B, Randy and Josh out to 5 miles. Continued on alone and picked up the pace. Ran next three at about 7:50 pace, then last 11 ranged between 7:06 and 7:33. Wanted to get some practice holding a pace on tired legs. Pretty good overall but a few times it felt like my lower back was twisting so there were a few miles which could have been faster. The wind was good because it was mostly at my back for the return trip.

GoRun Ride3 Miles: 20.16
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.260.000.000.000.000.000.008.26

8.26 mi, 1:08:30, 8:17 pace

Run around the nbhd, out to Duckslough to Trinity Blvd, then Robert Trent Jones Pkwy with stop at golf course fountain, back onto Trinity then reversed back home.  Coolish at the start and overall the run felt pretty good.  Almost always feel renewed but until I do I forget how powerful it is.  I've written it down before and it's always helpful to remember it somehow when it is forgotten and you just don't feel like getting up early and heading out the door.

Yesterday's run also gave me a bit of hope for a good race this weekend and maybe even a good race at Boston this year.

Pearl Izumi II Miles: 8.26
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.522.001.000.000.000.000.008.52

8.52 mi, 01:09, 08:02 pace

Starkey Park bike trail, out and back run with the out portion at easy pace and then pick up on the way back with 7:32, 7:22, 7:56, 6:46

Good run overall

GoRun Ride3 Miles: 8.52
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Race: Florida Beach Halfathon (13.11 Miles) 01:32:22, Place overall: 27, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
1.2513.290.000.000.000.000.0014.54

(Garmin Stats 13.29 mi, 01:32:26, 06:57 pace)

Official: gun time 1:32:27, chip time 1:32:22

Pretty good race where

I finally broke my streak of progressively slower half marathons,

beating my BDR half of 1:33:11 with a 1:32:22. Good solid first seven miles with splits: 6:44, 6:36, 6:32, 6:49, 6:51, 6:51, 6:56.

But, then the rest were not so good with mile 8 at 7:13. No more splits under 7:00 after that, worst one was mile 12 at 7:28 and then a little bit of a comeback at mile 13 with 7:02 and finally a good kick at the end meaning some of the slow down was mental since there was still some gas in the tank.

Race was delayed by 37 minutes so perhaps could have been better with more cool temps running. There was a little bit of a breeze which helped.
Managed second place age group and not too far off from 1st AG.


Stuck around for awards for the half but left before the halfathon series awards which it turns out I earned a second place award there for: Holiday Half 1:30:53, 1st half of Clearwater Marathon 1:38:02, and today's race at 1:32:27 (gun) for total of 4:41:28, about 8 minutes behind Dr Cottrell's time for 1st AG for series.


Jessica made it down to see me finish and then hang out for a bit, rode down with Renee and then hung out with Ryan, Suzan, Tracy, Denise and a couple other Striders while awards were going on.

GoRun Sonic Miles: 14.54
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.320.002.000.000.000.000.008.32

8.32 mi 01:04 07:41 pace

Ran at the Y with the Striders. Mixed bag of running - some easy miles, two miles under 7:00 and 5 strides at the end trying to hit sub 6:00 and succeeded on two of them.

GoRun Ride3 Miles: 8.32
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.720.000.000.000.000.000.007.72

7.72 mi 01:05 08:24 pace

Out the door pretty much on time for a change, looped around the nbhd and out and back around the golf course. Back to cool this morning.

GoRun Sonic Miles: 7.72
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
4.770.005.500.000.000.000.0010.27

10.27 mi, 01:17, 07:31 pace

5:30 start at Longleaf.

Ran with Jamie for first 4.4 miles, out to the bridge, had averaged about an 8:41 pace. She turned back and I continued on with some tempo miles, had the following

splits: 6:37, 6:31, 6:25, 6:40, 6:36 and 0.51@6:36


Very happy with these and more so how they felt and also good to stretch it out a little longer at the end. Going to try and get in a 7 mile tempo some time before Boston. Felt like something might be starting to click back on (no, not a clicking in hips or knees, but a good kind of click!).

Also, this was only my third run in the GoMeb Speed2 shoes, one training run, the Clearwater marathon, and now today.  The shoes felt good today, much better than the last two times.


Got back to parking lot just as the two last Striders left, Clark and Cindy were about to pull out of the lot. They broke the coffee back out and poured me a cup before leaving.

GoMeb Speed2 Miles: 10.27
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.710.000.000.000.000.000.005.71

5.71 mi 00:48 08:21 pace

Shorter run in the neighborhood this morning, enjoyed the nice and cool air.  I was a little less than motivated to run this morning but finally got out before it was too late.

Pearl Izumi II Miles: 5.71
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.2112.000.000.000.000.000.0020.21

  Suncoast Bike Trail, Brooksville

20.21 mi , 02:38 , 07:47 pace

Couple problems delayed getting started, but it was cool enough to not matter.  I hadn't been up here in a while.  The first left after going through the light is no longer there, need to drive down farther west on SR 50, do a u-turn and take a right now.  Parking is $3, but I forgot they don't have a fancy ticket machine that takes cash, visa or mc, just some envelopes for check or cash.  Parking lot was desserted so I drove to a nearby 7-11 to get change (and a chocolate milk) and came back.

Did an out and back to the south then did the main part of the run out and back north. Averaged 8:18 for the first 8 miles, then picked it up and averaged 7:27 for the last 12 miles. Had a couple of miles where I slowed down a bit (7:40 and 7:51), due to some sort of imbalance pinging my lower back. Stopped and stretched a bit and did the last two miles faster - 7:12 and 7:07. Legs and aerobic both felt good and the rolling hills there are a pretty good Boston trainer.

Miles 9-20 splits: 7:29, 7:32, 7:33, 7:23, 7:10, 7:18, 7:33, 7:26, 7:40, 7:51, 7:12, 7:07

It was good to come back up here.  There were 0 other runners out, a few walkers and a good amount of bikes on an organized ride or race (autism benefit I think)

This run capped off a pretty challenging week of running after a hard workout/race on Sunday, a good mid week tempo run and then a hills and distance workout.  I'll try for some good miles next week before looking at tapering for Boston.

GoRun Ride3 Miles: 20.21
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.630.000.000.000.000.000.007.63

7.63 mi 01:03 08:18 pace

Run around the neighborhood. It felt pretty good overall. My right knee has something going on though, not much but keeping an eye on it, related the to lower back thing also going on.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.570.000.000.000.000.000.006.57

6.57 mi 00:58 08:53 pace

Decided to skip the intervals and take it easy. Ran with Joe. Good run, knee was feeling better except for one random stabbing pain at the start of the last mile, then ok again.

GoMeb Speed2 Miles: 6.57
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
141.1133.2911.500.000.000.000.00185.90
GoRun Sonic Miles: 38.57GoRun Ride3 Miles: 64.26Pearl Izumi II Miles: 25.14GoMeb Speed2 Miles: 16.84
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