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Florida Runners Don't Like the Cold Weather.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Today it was 36 degrees when my half marathon race started! After living in Florida's warm climate for 26 years, 36 degrees feels a lot colder than I remember it.

The race was to start at 7:00 AM. When I walked out to check the start line at around 6:30 there were few runners out and waiting. I think they were staying warm for as long as possible, pre race. I know I was.

So, the race got off on time, I took off my gloves and handed them to DW, but kept the hooded sweatshirt on. Around mile 3 I shed the sweatshirt, and tossed it to the side of the road. I was already warmed up, but not really 'feeling' this race. I just wasn't into it, or full of energy. I assume I'm in need of rest; as those who read my blogs all seem to agree, I am probably overdoing the long races.

I was okay, though. I did a run/walk for 3/1 but my walk was fast. My heartrate seemed to be higher than what I've seen on my fast training runs. But, I was going to give it a good try. I reached the 5K mark at 31 minutes not a bad HM pace for me. At the 10K I was at 62 minutes, pretty good considering I didn't feel like I had a great deal of energy today. I decided that since I was doing better than I felt, I would push a little harder. Sometime picking up the pace will help me to muster up some additional energy, but not today. But I kept running hard. I thought I might even get close to my PR, which coincidentally, was achieved on this same course last year. This course does have some hills, but that last half is flatter, which I liked.

I just kept on pushing and trying to do the "finish time" math wasn't exactly working too well for me. But, what numbers I did muddle through indicated I was going to have a good time, after all.

I was actually walking less and running more the last few miles. Coming down the finish corridor, I saw DW on the sidelines and she was cheering me on. I was able to sprint across the finish line pretty quickly, and the announcer even commentied "now that's the way to finish a race", as I ran across the finish line.

I ended up with a good time of 2:09:53 and won 2nd place in my AG. The same result I had last year. And the same guy beat me this time, by pretty close to the same margin he beat me last year. So, at least we are consistent.

It was only 40 degrees at the end of the race. I went back to the RV and put on jeans and a long sleeved shirt before getting my award

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAPHNE_RUNS 3/11/2013 10:24AM

    I just saw this blog. Vic, congrats on your AG placement!

Yes, 36 degrees is too cold for us Floridians, especially when it rarely dips below 50. I am down to about 2 long sleeve shirts, a turtleneck, and two sweaters. Glad the weather is warming back up.

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    Way to go! I can only hope to have half as much, let alone in 20 years! Great result for not feeling it!

I'm catching up from being an MIA lurker for 2 months so re: some of your earlier blogs. You might be an amazing fast morse operator but there is no way you are not equally as amazing with running. As I head into the last few weeks before my first marathon I am using your experiences as inspiration to keep going.

emoticon for sharing them with us and for being a SP friend!

P.S. I am from Michigan born and raised & I think 36 degrees is cold too! I would be perfectly happy to never experience anything under 70 degrees again.

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TESS504 3/5/2013 10:40AM

    2:09 walk/Run that is great!!! Congrats on your award.

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WONDERWOMAN 3/5/2013 9:11AM

    Excellent job for someone who "wasn't feeling it." Now go get some rest.

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ONMYMEDS 3/4/2013 7:53PM

    You're pretty fast for someone who is such a wimp about the weather. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/4/2013 4:34PM

    That's awesome! Glad it went good for you despite the cold weather. Make sure you get some rest now LOL!

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CHEMCHIC2006 3/4/2013 4:25PM

    Way to finish strong! That's a great time! (And.. no, 36 degrees is cold to us northerners too!)

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KANDOLAKER 3/4/2013 12:51PM

    Congratulations on another great race - you are incredible!! Glad you had a consistent time, even when you weren't feeling it this time!. You are just awesome and I admire your commitment!


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TYKXBOY 3/4/2013 12:48PM

    Excellent race, especially for knowing and feeling that you need to rest.

Finishing is my favorite part of the race. Finishing hard, that is. And getting comments from the announcer is a bonus!

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RUNNER_MOM_OF4 3/4/2013 12:42PM

    Congratulations, what a great race you had!! I would be ecstatic to place that high in my AG emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2013 11:38AM

    Excellent race!!! I am not liking the cold weather, either!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/4/2013 11:02AM

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    You did awesome. So impressed.

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CM_GARDNER78 3/4/2013 9:02AM

    Way to go!!! :-) You did a great job!!

I had to LOL when I read your comment about 36*....up here in Michigan - 36* is a heatwave!! :-) Ha ha! It's funny how different things are all over this country! ;-)

Have a great Monday!!

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PMRUNNER 3/4/2013 7:51AM

    That's great! Thanks for sharing! 36? That's a warm running day in winter up here!

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STRIVERONE 3/4/2013 12:32AM

    From my perspective, that's a great HM time Congrats.

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RHONDALYN10 3/3/2013 9:59PM

    Nope, don't like cold weather running or cold weather.
GREAT time though! Wow you are fast!! Keep up the incredible runs!

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NINJALINDA 3/3/2013 9:15PM

    Awesome race! And FYI, this Virginia runner isn't thrilled with cold temps either (39 for today's run, brrr!)

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CRYSBROWN1 3/3/2013 8:34PM

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WOW a great finish! It must be a Florida thing - that weather doesn't sound too bad...LOL!

Great job on your AG victory!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/3/2013 8:25PM

    Awesome job! Great time! And congrats!

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NATPLUMMER 3/3/2013 8:19PM

    36* is pretty darn cold.
emoticon You did great!!

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RUN4FOOD 3/3/2013 8:02PM

    Congratulations! For someone who needed rest you did extremely well.
Now maybe some well deserved rest.

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NWFL59 3/3/2013 6:34PM

    Excellent! Glad you had a good amount of energy left for a sprint across the finish line! Hope you'll give yourself a bit of a recovery time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASRITE 3/3/2013 6:28PM

    Another awesome race for you. Now, will you take a break and rest up?? emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 3/3/2013 4:47PM

    Every time I read your blogs, it encourages me. Thanks!

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SEABREEZE65 3/3/2013 4:43PM

    Great job! You are doing awesome!

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ELISEL 3/3/2013 4:33PM

    Whoo hoo...great race considering the conditions. I live in New England and hate cold weather too!

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    Whoowee! That is cold for Florida. You did great! Iguess that you had to go fast to get your clothes back on quicker! Way to go!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/3/2013 3:33PM

    Congratulations on your well-run race and your age group bling!! An HM finish of 2:09 on tired legs is an admirable accomplishment! And this wimpy Cali-girl would agree with your dislike of cold weather. Stay warm and enjoy your victory!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/3/2013 3:31PM

    You are amazing to me! I'm always so inspired by your races. I'm gonna go have myself a run today!

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MAGGIE805 3/3/2013 3:29PM

    Congrats on the race! BTW, So.Cal runners don't like cold weather either. 30* is just way too cold for me. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 3/3/2013 3:22PM

    Consistently GOOD!
I can only imagine if you would have 'felt' the race.

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LRB444 3/3/2013 3:14PM

    Congrats! You did great.

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