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.