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Halloween Halfathon

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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
47.201.0014.110.000.000.000.0062.31
Asics Nimbus 10 Miles: 28.06Glycerin 6 (yellow) Miles: 18.45Brooks Launch Miles: 15.80
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.201.000.000.000.000.000.0010.20

Today's run was a little bit tough at first.  On Saturday, when I was starting out my left leg was hurting me a little bit but it went away after a couple of miles.  Same thing again this morning which was kind of worrisome.  I've got to keep my eye on it.  Fortunately this is a little bit of a cut back this week.

I went to the Y and did some warm up on a bike then did some stretching and core work.  Next was the treadmill.  Felt ok but had trouble getting going.  Got off after 1.5 miles, then tried again and did another 2.5 miles.  Feeling a good deal better after round two on the treadmill.  Averaged 8:30 pace inside.

Headed outside and just concentrated on taking it easy and running relaxed.  Felt pretty good the whole time and really good for the 5th mile where I went faster.   Backed it off a bit for the last mile.  Good to get the first run of the week out of the way.

Average outside: 7:36


Asics Nimbus 10 Miles: 10.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.310.000.000.000.000.000.009.31

Greeted this morning by surprisingly warmer than expected air, thought we were done with that but I guess not.   It could have been worse though, just starting to get spoiled by the cooler weather.

Jenny and I ran around the neighborhood on the usual routes.   My left leg was a bit sore at first and I was initially lagging behind Jenny and was thinking that she was going faster than normal but was not (first mile pace was about 9:30).

The rest of the run didn't get any faster but my leg started feeling better about mid way through the run.  Good sign that it gets better once I'm warmed up.

With about two miles left, Jenny insisted that I go on ahead of her.  I picked up the pace but not by too much.

Average pace: 9:01

Glycerin 6 (yellow) Miles: 9.31
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.320.001.000.000.000.000.009.32

Jenny was doing her mile repeats this morning so I went along with her.  It was another warm morning out with even higher humidity than yesterday morning.  We warmed up for 1.5 miles at a nice easy pace.   Leg was a little sore at first but felt fine after the warm up.

Jenny's goal was 4 X 1 mile @ 7:32.  Like last time, I was going to go 0.75 with her and then speed up for the last 0.25 by myself to near 10k pace.  I think the run went by pretty quickly as intervals usually seem to do.

Average pace: 8:48

Asics Nimbus 10 Miles: 9.32
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.140.000.000.000.000.000.009.14

This morning's weather was back to being more reasonable.  Also, when I woke up and got out of bed I was pretty sure my left leg was feeling better.  It helped that last night I did some more stretching, rolling, an epsom salt bath and took a couple of advils before going to bed.   Getting in bed before eleven also helped. 

Once we started running I knew it was a lot better.  The first couple of miles were not as slow as they recently had been and we kept a pretty decent and even pace.  Jenny also seemed to be doing better especially considering yesterday was her speed day.

We did our usual route and stuck together the whole way except for at the very end when I did a brief pick up past the house and then back, putting me just a little bit over 9 miles.

Average pace: 8:50

Glycerin 6 (yellow) Miles: 9.14
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.540.000.000.000.000.000.008.54

Nice run this morning.   Weather was just a bit nicer.  Ran with Jenny and this time I did not have to do more miles after we were done running together.  We ran the usual neighborhood routes and enjoyed a steady uneventful run.

Average pace: 8:51

going to run the Halloween Half Marathon tomorrow in Fort DeSoto Park.

Asics Nimbus 10 Miles: 8.54
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Race: Halloween Halfathon (13.11 Miles) 01:27:25, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.690.0013.110.000.000.000.0015.80

Today's race was great, I loved it!  Things went well, I did my best and had a good time.

Since this race was just a little bit over an hour drive away and my parents would be in town, we booked a room and stayed at a nearby hotel, the Alden Beach Resort which had a special deal for runners with late checkout so we could shower afterward.   Forecast was initially good but it deteriorated as it got closer to race day.  So, it went from high 60's start, to low 70's to finally mid 70's start.

We drove to the park and got there just before 6:00.  Fort De Soto is at the entrance to Tampa Bay and has some great beaches and nice scenery.  Jenny and I warmed up in the parking lot with me doing just over two and a half and Jenny doing closer to 3 (she was trying to get in a total of 20 miles for the day).  We ran into lots of people we knew who were doing the race.

We lined up and I moved up somewhat close to the beginning but not at the very front.  The race started and we were off.  Beginning was crowded and it took a little while for people to spread out.  There were a good amount of people in costumes, some geared towards running and some looking like they were carrying a heavy burden, but it certainly made the atmosphere festive.

Before today (back when the forecast look better), I had some visions of maybe breaking 1:26 today.  I had also thought about trying to adjust to running a steady pace and breaking 1:30, maybe getting a few seconds ahead of my PR.  Instead, I decided to just do the best I could and see what would happen.

First mile felt tough.  I gradually picked up my pace and was pleased to see I would get in the 6:40's for my first mile, so I set that as my goal.   The first 5K was on a loop course running part of the way on the road and then into a palm wooded area before heading back to the parking lot.  Just after the first mile I was running next to a guy who I talked to for a bit and asked him what his goal was.  He said, break 1:30, but we were running a little faster than that so I said ok and hung along side him for a while.  Running through the loop course I saw Jenny and also some other people I knew who shouted out cheers of encouragement.

 We made it back to the starting line area and I saw my pace slowing down a little bit so I did what I could to bring it back up but didn't want to over do it.  The next 10 miles consisted of 5 miles out and then back, mostly along bike trail with some road portions near the turn around point.

As we headed out along this portion, the line was very spread out, there was a breeze in some of the open areas.  I found myself get into a decent rhythm.  As I neared the half way point I was thinking about how much better I was feeling than when I was at this point in the race at Moab.  I also felt better than my previous half marathon before that at the Clearwater Half marathon.  Maybe I could hang in there today.

We ran past the actual fort in Fort De Soto and then I kept my eyes on the big flagpole near the park entrance.   Running past that I knew it wasn't much farther to the out and back turn around point.  As I got closer to the turn around point I saw Eric go flying by as he had already hit the turn around,  looking very strong.  People were holding up despite the heat, and actually for a short time the air was a little more comfortable just after the sun came up but before it was very high.

I soon hit the turn around point and then shortly after that saw the 8 mile sign.  Not too long after that I saw Jenny coming the other way, looking strong.  We high-fived each other and I shouted out that I loved her and was rewarded with a feeling that I could keep hanging in there.  Reaching the 9 mile point was good but is also a tough distance for me, need to make it to mile 11 before I feel like I can make it.   Usually if I'm running at this pace the farthest I go is 8 miles, so I'm moving into unknown territory for distance at this pace.

Finally I see the 11 mile sign and had just managed one of my faster miles for the race.  Just two miles left!  Hang in there.  So, that's what I did, make it to the 12 mile sign then start the under one mile countdown.  Did what I could  to pick up the pace for the last mile and extra bit past that, focused on the finish line.  Glad to see that the clock still started with 1:27.

Went through the chute where Eric was waiting for me and handed me a cold water.  Walked around a bit then grabbed the camera to go look for Jenny.  Saw Jenny around mile 12 or just after that.  She had a very focused look on her face.  Today was the day she was determined to finally break 1:50.  Cooler weather would have been nicer but that was not provided (everything else was).  After mile 12 there is a short out and back before heading into the parking lot, so I waited at the next spot.  Saw her again then rushed over to the finish line to snap a picture as she crossed the line.  She made it with 1:48:12 on the clock (1:48:03 chip time).

Here are my splits:

6:46, 6:31, 6:23, 6:47, (:24 to sync my Garmin back up), 6:47, 6:36, 6:37, 6:40, 6:47, 6:43, 6:33, 6:40, 6:28, 0:49 (0.13 @ 6:19)

Jenny then headed over to the beach and ran another 4 miles to round out 20 for the day.

We waited around for awards and enjoyed lots of great food and free beer while waiting as well as catching up with friends and race day stories.

I received a nice big plaque for 3rd place masters and Jenny received one of the extra big star fish medals for 2nd in her age group.

Unfortunately, after the race my left leg pain started up again.  Not terrible, but enough to worry about, need to figure out what this is before I continue on.

Brooks Launch Miles: 15.80
Comments(8)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
47.201.0014.110.000.000.000.0062.31
Asics Nimbus 10 Miles: 28.06Glycerin 6 (yellow) Miles: 18.45Brooks Launch Miles: 15.80
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