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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: 20.26 Month: 95.22 Year: 1732.29
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 199.33
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 483.77
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 776.70
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 446.08
Race: Pinellas Trail Challenge (46 Miles) 09:18:47, Place overall: 26, Place in age division: 6
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
46.000.000.000.000.000.000.0046.00

Pinellas Trail Challenge Race Report

I had two main goals for this race :

  1.  Run a steady pace throughout 
  2.  Pace Jamie (her first ultra) and Joe as far as I could

Weather was much better than two years ago.  The temperatures at the starting line and humidity felt exactly the same but the day would never get out of the 80's and for the most part there was cloud cover as well as a good 30 minutes of heavy rain.

The starting area of the PTC has such a relaxed feeling (as do many ultra marathons) and includes all ages from young 20-somethings to lots of men and women in 40's and 50's, a few in their 60's and this years youngest finisher at 16 years of age.  It's all fun and games for the first mile until you realize there are 45 more to go!  Actually, the first mile has the biggest single mile elevavtion change as it travels from near the waterfront heads inland past Tropicana Stadium (two more "climbs" later on at miles 12,13, and 14 and a smaller one around mile 40 in the "keystone mountains").  But, other than that it's a pretty flat course as you'd expect in Florida near the coast.

Pacing strategy two years ago was to run about a 10:00 pace per mile including a one minute walk break in the middle of each mile.  That strategy had lasted to about mile 16 when we switched to same run/walk but at 11:00 pace per mile, and that strategy lasted to about mile 26 then it turned into run whenever I felt motivated enough and otherwise trudge on.

But, this year the plan was 4 minutes run/ 1 minute walk and try to stay around a 12:00 average pace.

  1. 12:31
  2. 11:29
  3. 11:33
  4. 11:54
  5. 11:09
  6. 11:18
  7. 11:29
  8. 11:17
  9. 13:01 (first aid station, near Tyrone Square Mall)
  10. 14:42 (bathroom break, Subway/hot bakery)
  11. 10:29
  12. 11:21
  13. 11:29
  14. 14:13 (aid station where we saw the RMHC Striders contingent)
  15. 11:55
  16. 11:56
  17. 10:58
  18. 11:39
  19. 13:31
  20. 10:51
  21. 11:45
  22. 16:09  (aid station with drop bags)
  23. 11:09
  24. 10:54
  25. 11:13
  26. 17:05 (Dunedin Boxcar aid station/bathroom break)
  27. 11:33
  28. 12:05
  29. 12:01
  30. 11:10
  31. 12:43
  32. 11:17
  33. 12:46
  34. 11:59
  35. 13:44
  36. 11:23
  37. 15:46  (Tarpon Tavern Aid Station - race begins!)
  38. 11:31
  39. 11:40
  40. 12:55 (Keystone Road aid station, very brief)
  41. 11:24
  42. 11:51
  43. 11:21
  44. 12:27
  45. 11:49 (Cynthia tells me to go ahead and she'll bring Jamie in)
  46. 9:57 

So, this years race was a success. Jamie was able to finish her first ultra (just a few minutes behind me) with no real prep or experience other than running marathons, Joe also finished after signing up at the last minute and having previously said this was "one and done" last year.

I had more to write about this but realized (today at the end of November) I had never finished writing this and had forgotten to publish it!

Launch 3 (titanium) Miles: 46.00
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