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Rock n Roll St Pete Half

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon

Personal:

Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 33.50 Month: 168.15 Year: 1366.35
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
225.5020.0017.105.00267.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM - 10 miles easy at lunchtime back in St. Pete.  Really nice weather in the mid 60's and sunny.  

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12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - 12 miles easy.  Went out a little late this morning and with nothing to eat, felt a little tired and hungry toward the end.  Windy day, but pleasant in the upper 50's.  

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PM - 10 miles easy on a sunny pleasant afternoon.  Felt a little bit tired and feeling a few little aches here and there.  Step-back week for me, probably well-timed.

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PM - 10 miles easy after a very stressful workday.  Hoped it would be more therapeutic than it turned out to be.  Decent run nonetheless.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - good workout - strength/threshold pace 4 x mile @ HM pace with 400 meter rest.  3 mile warm up and cool down.  Ran the first two at 6:27 pace and the last two at 6:23 pace.  Easier workout for me this week - as I am planning to race on Sunday - Rock N Roll Half in St. Pete. More of a "reminder" of the pace than anything else.  Manageable - though I don't know that I have that pace in me for the full race - hoping for more in the 6:30 range if all goes well.  

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Lunchtime - 10 miles easy on the treadmill.  Caught a head cold late yesterday and feeling the full brunt of it today.  Bleah.   Run was fine.  

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PM - a little over 8 miles easy after work with Richie.  Energy levels low with this URI/cold today.  Hoping it clears up in the next couple of days.

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PM - 7 easy miles in downtown St Pete along the water with Richie after we picked up our race numbers at the expo at the Trop. The RNR folks charged me $15 to park to pick up my number. I asked the attendant how many people had complained about that - his response was "just about every single person."

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AM - 4 miles easy as prep for racing tomorrow.  My cold is shifted to my lungs which made this for a rather uncomfortable run - tight and breathing was labored it seemed.  Will make a game day decision tomorrow morning to see how I feel.  Really want to race.  

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Race: Rock n Roll St Pete Half (13.25 Miles) 01:28:33, Place overall: 41, Place in age division: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.006.007.100.0016.10

Rock n Roll half in St. Pete. Been sick all week but wanted to run anyway. Ran reasonably according to plan through 7 miles - but slowed to marathon pace for the remainder of the event. 1:28:33.  

Adding a little more color to the entry I did from my phone.  The race was well organized, as one would expect.  Started right on Central Ave next to Tropicana Field and headed east into the sun and wind, but made a quick right turn and looped back around the Trop and westward.  We turned back into the wind and the sun for approximately 3 miles on Central and then south on 3rd street, looping eventually around Al Lang Field and the Mahaffey Theatre and then out to the end of the Pier and back; finished up through Old Northeast and a quick loop out and back on Snell Isle finishing in front of North Shore pool.  Very nice course, but quite a few turns and a bit of wind.

I had planned to run a pace about where I did for the first 7 miles.  Started off a few seconds slower then my goal pace and then by 3 miles started hitting right at 6:30 or just below.  Became just a little weary around the 7 mile mark and started to fade a little bit.  Oddly kept right at MP pretty much from that point onward.  Did not have the energy to go faster, but seemed to default no slower than 6:47 to 6:51 each mile.  

Happy I ran although I am pretty sure, had I felt better, I may have stayed on pace.  My friend Richie was sick this week too, and he decided not to run when he awoke with a fever this morning.  

Our mutual friend Drew came in 2nd overall and ran 1:15:04 which is a significant PR for him.   

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6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - felt really bad this morning and so went to the doctor and got a prescription for antibiotics and an inhaler. Actually felt much better by the end of the day and did an easy 6 miles. No soreness from yesterday's race.

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PM - 8 miles easy/moderate on the treadmill after work.  Felt really "off" and as a result this was rather unenjoyable.  

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AM - early run before work, only enough time for 5 miles.  Felt rather crappy again this morning.  

PM - 5 miles at lunchtime on the treadmill - felt a little bit better after the first 2 miles.  Lingering malaise and post race lethargy beginning to lift possibly.... 

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Did not feel well all day - decided to take the day off. Had a nice dinner with the wife for Valentines Day.

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PM - felt a bit better later in the day and did a workout - 3 mile warm- up then 6 miles at MP with a 2 mile cool down.

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AM - in Gainesville for a soccer tournament for Delaney - which essentially prevented me from running yesterday - though it was probably a blessing since I was still not feeling well. Got out this morning early. 12 miles easy on a very chilly day - 28 degrees. Ran into a local marathon race going on. Felt much improved today.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

PM - a little over 12 miles with Richie after work.  After a very cold start to the day, it warmed up nicely to mid-60's which made for a nice run.  

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PM - tough workout today - warm temps at lunch time.   Richie and Ken and I met at the lake at Carillon and did a 2 mile warm up then 3 x 2 miles at HM pace with an 800 rest and 1.5 miles cool down.  Way too eager on the first one I did the first mile in 6:12 and second in 6:28 which was too fast.  Suffered on the next rep for 6:32 average and the last one 6:38 average.  (Richie had a great workout averaging 6:15 pace.  Ken did miles instead of 2 miles reps and did 5 solid at 6:50 pace, which was very good for him.)   Had I done the first rep correctly, I would have gotten more out of this workout - so I am a bit frustrated with myself.  I have done this workout previously on the treadmill in this training cycle, which is great for keeping the pace in check - but Richie wanted to head outside and I tried to hang with him.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - easy recovery 4 miles on a misty - foggy morning.  Really enjoy very easy runs the day after a workout.  Will get out later today for a few more miles.

 

PM - 7 more easy miles at lunch.  A good bit warmer, and far less enjoyable than this morning.   

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PM - decent workout after work. 3 mile warm up then 8 miles at MP on the treadmill - 2 mile cool down. I was not exactly fresh at the beginning of the run - but I pushed through and though exceeding tuckered out afterwards - I am pleased with the effort.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - easy 3 miles to shake out last evening's workout.  Nice and easy on a comfortable morning.  

 

PM - another 9 at lunch on the treadmill - as its getting almost summer-like with heat and humidity outside. 

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PM - had a nice easy long run this evening of about 18 miles - after a long day.  We were invited by a couple to celebrate the wife's 50th birthday by joining them in a day of zip-lining over near Orlando.  Perhaps a bucket-list item for her - but she would not take no for an answer from us and so we drove over late yesterday evening fighting Daytona 500 spectator traffic and spent the evening at Downtown Disney.  Got up early and found ourselves out in a very rural area of nature preserves and cattle ranches.  Never tried the zip-lining before, and probably don't need to do it again.  I was a bit nervous to begin, but never really felt like I was in danger once I did it a couple of times.  Likewise, I really wouldn't say it was all that much fun either.  To each his own.  

Bam will be pleased to know that we saw quite a few gators as well as Florida "cracker" cattle. 

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PM - 10 miles easy on a very humid afternoon.  Did not feel all that great.  Oak pollen season is starting and I took an allergy medicine last night - still has me a bit groggy.  

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AM - 4 miles easy around the neighborhood.

PM - less than planned, but all I had time for was 6 miles before meetings and a flight later today. 

 

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AM - on the hotel treadmill (had to wait for a turn...) cold and raining outside in Atlanta and I was doing a workout, and did not want to slip out on the roads.  Hated this workout mostly because of the poor condition of the treadmill.  6 x 1000 @ 10k pace.  Hit the first 4 at 6 min pace - last two were at 6:10 - (who knows what the calibration was on the machine) - 2 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 6.5 easy cold miles this morning after a late night in Atlanta.  Will try to get some time for a few more miles this evening after a day full of meetings.

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 11 miles this morning in Atlanta.  I had gloves but they were a little wet from yesterday's run - and so the cold wind this morning seemed to "ice" up my hands.   Very uncomfortable "thawing" them out in the shower afterwards.  Richie joined me as he is in town too for a meeting this morning.  Good conversation - decent run.

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