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Blue Moon Half Marathon

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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.

 

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Miles:This week: 20.26 Month: 95.22 Year: 1732.29
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
33.266.007.140.000.000.000.0046.40
Launch (black) Miles: 20.55Nimbus (green) Miles: 11.25
Race: Blue Moon Half Marathon (13.11 Miles) 01:26:47, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
1.466.007.140.000.000.000.0014.60

13.11 mi, 01:26:47, 06:37 pace

Good effort at the race today resulting in new PR of 1:26:47 (chip) and 3rd place overall (which gave me $25 prize, my first ever cash award)

My plan was to try for the pace needed for 1:25 then see what happens. It's not the best strategy for smart racing but I think it is a good fitness test.

First three miles were good - 6:18, 6:36, 6:23

Actually during mile 2 I did have a deep sense of doubt that I would not be able to hold a decent pace, but then got back on track for the third mile.  Just before the race started I was standing next to a guy who I thought looked pretty fast.  I asked him what pace he was planning on running and he said 6:20 to 6:25.  I thought that sounded good and would try to follow him and hang on.  However, I should have thought better of it since he said he ran 1:21 here last year.  Also, next to me at the start was Bret, who I've almost run into at other races, so it was nice to finally meet him.  At the beginning of the first mile I tried to follow Alravo (the 1:21 guy) but backed it down after about a 1/4 mile of doing a 5:40 pace.  However, I was feeling pretty good at the end of the first mile and sometimes have difficulty getting to the pace I want.  For the second mile the two lead guys had pulled ahead significantly.

6:42, 6:35, 6:37, 6:29, 6:32

Slight hiccup on the 4th mile going up and over the bridge, 5-8 were also good although a little slower than the pace I needed.  At mile 7, almost being at the pace I needed I was hoping that the pull of the second half would let me keep a faster pace.

6:46, 6:55, 6:42, 6:45, 6:43 and 0.14@5:40 

9 and 10 were tough with 10 being my slowest at 6:55, then 11-13 were faster. Glad I was able to keep myself from falling apart. I was alone for most of the run, ran with Bret a little bit at the beginning, the 1st and 2nd place guys were way in front of me (1:19 and 1:22). The race was a lot of fun and really let me know where I need to be in order to reach 1:25.


I had to really push to get that 6:55 mile down below 7:00, I was afraid that if I didn't get that one under 7:00 I might fall apart.

I talked to a guy after the race named Ben who was 74 years old and had done over 100 marathons, 50 of which were sub-3:00.  He ran about a 1:58 today.  Was telling me how there is no substitute for high mileage.  I used to be one of those 100 mile per week runners in the 1970's.  My miles have been a little bit lower than they used to be although not too bad.  My last half marathon PR was 2 years ago, when I was consistently doing mileage in the 60's.  I've been doing more speed work, but I some higher mileage would have helped for the second half of  the race.

The other thing that was difficult was the pedestrian bridge.  I crossed over during miles 4, 5, 9, and 10.   Except for mile 5 (6:35), the other crossings were difficult.  It wasn't that high but it did get to me  a little.  Maybe some more hills are in order.

Alravo got a new PR today of 1:19 to win the race and the number 2 guy came in at 1:22 and is my same age.  I think Alravo looked a bit like Jesus (but no beard, just the long hair), nice guy and humble, too.

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Quads and feet sore this morning, I'll take today off.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.550.000.000.000.000.000.006.55

6.55 mi, 00:54, 08:10 pace

Glad that I took yesterday off. Quads felt mostly recovered, although feet were still sore. No intervals today, just straight through with the last mile faster. Just missed the rain.

Launch (black) Miles: 6.55
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1 hour spin class at Family Fitness.

I felt laggy today.   Feet were worse later in the day, will need to take a break from spin for a while.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.050.000.000.000.000.000.006.05

6.05 mi, 00:54, 08:51 pace

Chilly out compared to what I'm used to, right about 50 degrees. I ran with Eudair the whole time this morning. We were both having feet issues so we kept the pace and distance easy. Feet actually felt better at the end of the run.

Nimbus (green) Miles: 6.05
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.200.000.000.000.000.000.005.20

5.2 mi, 00:47, 09:06 pace

Ran in the neighborhood this morning, kept it short and slower today. Trying to go at a pace comfortable to the feet. Thought at least a short run could help keep things loose rather than taking the day off. More used to the cold this morning than yesterday.

Nimbus (green) Miles: 5.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.000.000.000.0014.00

14 mi, 02:00, 08:36 pace

Ran from Longleaf to Starkey park and then back.  Morning was cool so I wore a long sleeve shirt and hat (wore hat also so I could carry a light), felt hot after about 1.5 miles so I later stashed the hat to get on the way back.

Tough but rewarding run this morning. Wasn't sure how far I would make it and took it easy due to the feet. Felt better after the stop at Diane's house, made it into the park and went a mile past the parking lot before turning back. Picked it up the last mile. Saw several deer this morning as well as some cows which I thought were deer at first.

Launch (black) Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
33.266.007.140.000.000.000.0046.40
Launch (black) Miles: 20.55Nimbus (green) Miles: 11.25
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