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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Suncoast Half Marathon
Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton), Florida
January 26, 2014

13.22 miles
AP 12:57
Elevation: 58 ft
Calories -1311 (Note: Spark calories when I entered this info was about 850.)
Ave HR 156; 84% max; 4.4z

4th fastest out of the 7 HMs I have completed since my first one in 2011.

Very well organized....Small local race....436 finishers. Places were determined based on gun time, but really with so few runners it did not take long to cross the start line. Also the course was beautiful, flat, and not busy. Volunteers about every mile or so. Water and Gatorade every 2 miles. Not very many local people along the roads. As with many races I saw the same people for much of the time.

The weather was good for running. About 55 degrees, overcast, misty rain periodically.
I used a 34:30 interval for this race for the first 8 miles and was right on target. Then as I started slowing down, played around with intervals to see if I could maintain the same target race pace.

I was 6th out of 9 in my age group - 60-64.
And I was 384th out of 436 overall.

Happy that I participated in this local race.

Upcoming running goals:
1) Remain injury free....
2) Work on improving stamina...

A Spark friend reminded me (this is edited) that I should have mentioned the many kinds of free food and free beer after the race!!!!! How could I have forgotten that!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MBTEPP 2/6/2014 8:31PM

    You did it! What a great race. Congratulations! Many more successes!

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BOILHAM 2/6/2014 9:19AM

    Sorry so late, I just found this blog. Anyway, congrats on a great race. I like the smaller races, too. Glad you had an injury free successful finish! Great job!

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PUNCHILOUIE 1/31/2014 10:27PM

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JUNEPA 1/31/2014 5:22PM

    Nicely done !!

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 1/29/2014 11:23AM

    Sounds so enjoyable! You are inspiring me to find a half marathon to train for again!

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LISAINMS 1/28/2014 9:48PM

    I am marveling at 58 feet of elevation gain over 13+ miles! Sounds like a nice small race. Congratulations on a nice finish!

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CORRINECLARK 1/28/2014 8:21PM

    Jean - that is a great pace and great time! You should be very proud of yourself! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 1/28/2014 4:17PM

    nice recap - I just looked this race up! A friend of mine from Maine ran it with her husband ....looks like it was fun! Nice job!

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SMITTY4RL 1/28/2014 2:27PM

    Lovely recap and it sounded like a great place to run! Your average pace is something I aspire to for the future ;-). Great job!

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2014 1:38PM

    You did great!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/28/2014 12:56PM

    Good job. I like small races. This one sounds very nice.

What was your target? I find with long races, slowing down towards the end is a function of being tired. Adjusting intervals never helps me with that, except at the very beginning as a way to delay fatigue. I.E. if I'm not too tired, I can use intervals to adjust pace somewhat, but once I'm tired, my fatigue level pretty much determines my pace, regardless of intervals. And sometimes playing with intervals to try to maintain only makes it worse by accelerating the rate of fatigue.

Each time you do a race, if they aren't way far apart, I think you'll find that you can go a little farther each time before you fatigue, especially if you are conservative at the beginning. Voluntarily slowing down a little at first can pay off by giving you several more miles at the end before fatigue sets it. That can more than make up for going a little slower than goal pace at first.

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WILEE323 1/28/2014 12:24PM

    Great race!

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