Archive for January, 2011

3M Half Marathon 1/30/2011

January 30, 2011

I ran this race consistently from the time I started getting into running in 2000 through 2004 clocking the following results (paces):

2000 = 2:06:05 (9:38)
2001 = 1:48:10 (8:15)
2002 = 1:45:01 (8:01)
2003 = 1:49:41 (8:22)
2004 = 1:42:04 (7:47)

In 2010, after a six year break from the distance, I thought I had a pretty good shot at clipping that 1:42 PR and made a go at it at Angie’s Half Crazy Half Marathon.  The weather was rough and I crumbled after 7 miles.  I decided right then and there not to let another 3M go by without at least a shot at ratcheting down my time.

3M sells out regularly so I registered right about the time it opened in June of 2010…while my failure at Angie’s was still fresh on my mind.

I woke up this morning already having a pretty good idea of what the weather was going to be like…crappy.  I didn’t know how crappy until I actually opened the back door to let the dogs out.  Oh my.  It was 5:00 am and the temperature was already in the mid 60s.  The humidity?  At least 95%…maybe even 100%.  Somewhere in the distance I heard a chorus of goats tuning up to serenade me for 13.1 miles.

Kel was nice enough to “volunteer” to get up early and drive several of us to the starting line.  It can be a mess up there with roughly 6000 people converging…but we encountered no traffic at all.  She’s definitely in the running for the wife of the year award!

The race started on time.  You may find this an odd thing to report but it was delayed almost an hour last year.  The race announcer let us know that it as 73.3 degrees.  Thanks, Evil!  I had on my 1:40 pace band and timex…I was sweating before I crossed the first timing mat at the start line.  I ignored all that and set my sights on getting up to and maintaining a 7:38 pace…knowing full well the “maintaining” part was going to bring with it a lot of pain.  Here is a graphic representation of were/how the pain would ebb and flow:

The format below is Mile, Split, (Average Pace):

Mile 1 = 7:42 (7:42)
Mile 2 = 7:43 (7:42)
Mile 3 = 7:23 (7:36)
Mile 4 = 7:25 (7:33)
Mile 5 = 7:04 (7:27)

The first 5 miles are what I like to call “the good ‘ole miles”.  They would be a fond but distant memory by mile 6.  As you can see on the elevation profile, the first 4 miles are flattish.  5 is the first downhill of real magnitude.

Mile 6 = 7:59 (7:32)
Mile 7 = 8:13 (7:38)
Mile 8 = 8:26 (7:44)
Mile 9 = 8:35 (7:50)
Mile 10 = 8:49 (7:55)

At this point the 1:40 goal is out the window but I was still holding onto a thin thread of hope that the downhill on Duval would help me salvage a PR.  It was raining a little so if the humidity wasn’t 100% at the start it was definitely there now.

Mile 11 = 9:04 (8:02)
Mile 12 = 8:51 (8:06)
Mile 13 = 8:49 (8:09)
Mile .1 = :55 (8:09)

1:47:00 on the dot.  Not happy.

Next up, The National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville Beach, FL in two weeks.

Festivus Fat Ass Marathon 12/26/2010

January 29, 2011

I didn’t have much going on the day after Christmas so I decided to go for a run.  My friend Frank produced a low-key race in the “Fat Ass” vein (which basically means no frills…no medal, no shirt, no support).  The weather was near perfect and he needed 10 starters and 7 finishers for anyone looking to qualify for Boston or add Texas to their 50 states so I showed up to help make sure he had both covered.  38 started and 28 finished…most of the 10 who started but didn’t finish weren’t planning on doing the whole thing.

The course consisted of three 8.75 mile loops on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail (a la Frankenthon).  Knowing there would be no mile markers I went with the Garmin.  It died around the same time I did…mile 23.  I clocked a 4:06:10.  32 minutes faster than than CIM a few weeks ago.  I actually felt pretty good the whole time.  I approached it as more of a really long training run and, in that regard, got exactly what I wanted from it.

Several from the Ship were there.  Besides Frank…Scotty T., Big Jerie, Wayne/Cristy, Barbara, and Rachel (who finished her very first marathon) all showed up and ran the whole thing.

Kathy Cleary brought some of the best darn cookies I’ve ever tasted.  I’m not sure what all they had in/on them…but they exploded in my mouth in the yummiest way possible.  We annihilated the cookies, popped a few Shiners, and grilled up some venison sausage.  Seriously…does it get any better?

21st marathon.  11th state.  Running from an Angel is a scratch.  Jacksonville is next.