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Little Markou 5k

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Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:


  • 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)


  • 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.



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: 0.00 Month: 164.28 Year: 1190.74
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 202.78
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 483.77
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 782.98
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 468.00
Race: Little Markou 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:19:19, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

Little Markou 5K Race To Educate 5K

Wonderful and fun race through the streets of the Longleaf community in memory of two beloved high school students.  This is the second year in Longleaf (was previously held nearby at a different location).  I was over a minute faster than last year and happy with my time (although I lost some drive during the third mile).  I started out as usual where I seem to end up behind a long line of people.  I passed several people after making the first turn and the line thins out to where I can see about 7 or 8 people ahead of me.   Anthony has taken an early lead (like he did during Robbie's Run 5K in the spring).  Jean is also a good distance in front of me and also Anthony.  I think towards the end of the second mile I was in 5th place, with Anthony passing Jean and I had just gotten ahead of Andrea.  Andrea has a very light and relaxed stride and is super cheerful thanking all of the volunteers (note to self to not let my 5k pain make me less cheerful).

First two miles on my garmin were 6:00 and 6:02.  But, since this is a twisty and turny course I knew I'd still have a tough time breaking 19:00.   Finally at about 2.5 miles I pull up to Jean and he says he's done (he's had a remarkable fall racing series with a 2:58 in Chicago).  Anthony still has a good gap on me.  I am feeling less motivated.  I'm not done but I don't have a strong drive to try and catch Anthony (didn't think I could at the time but maybe now that I look back at it).

But, fortunately I knew Andrea was very close behind me and knew she could/would pass me if I eased up.  In one of the pictures near the 3 mile marker I see just how close she is and looking at the official times we both ended up with 19:19.

At Robbie's run 5k, Anthony had faded.  But this time he stayed even, finishing 10 seconds ahead of me overall.  My last mile was 6:12 (garmin time), so another 6:02 would have put me neck and neck with him.

But, all things considered this was a very very good race for me.  I loved running with so many familiar faces through the Longleaf streets with extra holiday decorations and for a good cause.  The racing part (the push from behind and pull to catch up) could not have been better.  I had been missing that at the last Wesley Chapel 5k.  The last two 5k's were a slow down from the two before that but with this one, I once again sped up a little bit by 2 seconds.

Cooled down with a mile easy after the race and before the awards.  Was awarded $50 for second place overall male (Anthony got 1st place masters at $75, no double dipping thankfully).  After awards, ran another 4 miles with Julie who was looking for some more miles.

When I got home, picked up Stella and took her to Starkey Park and we did 3.6 miles on the trails there.


Brooks T7 Miles: 9.70
From jtshad on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 at 09:38:59 from

Nice race, great time!

From Mark on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 08:05:01 from

Thanks Jeff! This is one of my favorite races and always a fun one.

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