Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Suncoast Half Marathon
Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton), Florida
January 26, 2014
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!