Well there is a great deal to cover. I have not been that active on my social media (working full time tends to keep one busy). My last post covered Gasparilla, since then i have had 2 races, The Florida Halfathon 5k at Ft. Desoto, on March 12 and the Disney World Dark Side Half Marathon 5k on April 21. My last 5k was in October and I ran it in 27:30, so with a few months of decent training on my committed schedule,(4 days a week running no more than 3-4 miles at a 9:00/mile pace and 1 day walking briskly with my beautiful wife.) I thought I might be able to improve on that. The weather from November – April is usually pretty good here in FLA. Its cool and dry so…pretty good…not this year, summer began in March so I did not have as long to benefit from the cooler weather as I expected to, needless to say training has gone well despite the climate change that is absolutely not happening, no matter what scientist may say, I mean all the best research is done by politicians and real estate moguls, everyone knows this (sarcasm by the way).
Florida Halfathon 5k April 21, 2017
Well, I love the races that Florida Road Races puts on, Fort Desoto is a very pretty course to run on, I did the Halloween Halfathon in October 2016, the course was nearly the same. I did not really have a goal time in mind, I just wanted to run a bit faster than i did in October. The race began with what I thought was a pretty small crowd, I thing the 1/2 marathon drew a larger crowd, in the end I think the total number of runners for the 5k was about 450. The morning was cool and dry and a perfect morning to gain some time on my last 5k placing. I ended up pacing with a small group during the last mile or so, just to hold pace and not fall back, that worked out well for me as I tend to get lazy and “feel my legs” a bit more late in races, I need to work on that.
I ended with a finish time of 25:20, which was good (with the light turnout) for 2nd place in my age group. I was pretty happy with a podium finish for a time tat would not usually warrant a podium. Even If I had not gotten an age group placing, i would have been and still am very happy with the result of the race. I cut almost 3 mi off my last 5k finish and really felt good throughout the race. I have already registered for this event as well as 2 other 5k’s with the same organization, the first one in October. I you have an interest in participating in any single race or the 5k series check out. floridaroadraces.
Disney World Dark Side 5k
This was the next on the 2017 agenda and was a race I really enjoyed last year. Im not a huge Star Wars fan, I do enjoy the films and the characters though and I gotta say if Disney does anything well, its big crowds and big events. So its a no brainer they would do a big road race well. This one is through Epcot and although it is in the very early morning on a Friday there are quite a few volunteers and park employees who stand a cheer along the route. There are also Star Wars characters scattered throughout, which is really cool and this year I had to abide tradition and get my Chewbacca picture
I will try to always re-register for this race it is a lot of fun, The course is well laid out and its kinda cool running through some of the countries and past the big “spaceship Earth ” in Epcot. The medals are really nice, there are tons of porta potties, if thats important to you. There are additional characters at the finish area, including Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
My finish time for this race was not as good as the halfathon 5k, 26:23, so I lost a minute, I have no real reason, maybe a difference in temperature, not really sure. needless to say I was and am still happy with the result, If I stayed at the 25 -26 min mark for a 5k I would be more than ok with that. i recognize that hitting low 20’s or maybe topping a sub 20, will more than likely be impossible, and probably not good for my artificial hip joint.
Good Times! and if you would like to participate in any of the disney races you can go to rundisney.
Summer is Coming…
Well the long hot days have already begun I think my last two runs (before today) have been at almost 90 degrees and around 60-70 percent humidity.The summer in FLA, is always a tough time to train, I will however have to come up with a way to train that does not involve me trying to run in the middle of the day (heat) or after 6 pm (T-storms). It a solvable problem, and in the scale of 1st world problems its not even on the list. Anyway, a long hot summer approaches, and if i need to i can always hit the treadmill at the gym and get in my miles. With 2 races in October a November Disney race, 2 December races and a bunch at the beginning of 2018, I can only hope to stay vigilant to my training. For anyone left out there, loyal readers, thanks for hanging in there. I would promise more attention to updates, but I would be lying, I will tray and get something posted weekly, that I can abide. Run Happy!