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Tampa Bay, Florida
United States
Gasparilla Distance Classic Assoc.
68F / 20C
Total Time = 4h 59m 30s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Up @ 4am, bagel, chocalate drink & banana.
Woke my son at 5am & headed downtown.
Event warmup:

The first 13 miles...
  • 4h 59m 30s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 26s  min/mile

What a great day to run, sunshine & the wind kept the temperatures comfortable. I wanted to do this 30 minutes faster but just didn't have the legs to moving any faster.
I used the 3mins/1min (Galloway) run to walk ratio from the start & moved quickly through the first 7 miles, my pace may have been a little too high.
Mile 16ish through 22 were the most difficult for me. I remember approaching mile 18 on Bayshore and across the road on the return is mile marker 21...that hit me hard thinking here are all these runners coming back at mile 21, it just made those next 3 miles from that point seem very long. I fell of the 3/1 routine, miles 17 to 20 were the lowest and found some resolve at mile 20 to push on. I still had some rough spots over the last 6 miles but I was able to get back on the 3/1 routine and finish the run w/o walking it in.
Overall, some great experience at distance running that I think will be helpful come this November's IMFL.
What would you do differently?:

It wasn't too many years ago, out of shape & such, that I think I made the statement "I'll never do a marathon."
I could always train more and in the 4 months leading to this race I trained as much as I could fit onto the daily schedule of life.
Post race
Warm down:

I was in pain and they give you the largest, heaviest finisher medal I've ever seen. It they had put it around my neck I would have fallen face first & not been able to get up!
Hobbled back to car with my son; we had a great time this weekend, just the 2 of us. He's my best and only triathlon/marathon fan! He stayed out there the entire time watching everything from the finish line bleachers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I did the Gasparilla half marathon 2 years ago, I love this course and time of year to run. The race is well done with plenty of volunteers, at mile 22 the road was lined with all probably 100 kids cheering and high fiving...that was great!

Last updated: 2007-09-11 12:00 AM
04:59:30 | 26.2 miles | 11m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Beautiful, flat course that meanders over to Davis Island then some looping downtown before heading out Bayshore to McDill AFB and back up Baysore finishing at the convention center downtown.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-02-11 8:41 AM

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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: Bank of America Gasparilla Marathon

2008-02-11 1:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Bank of America Gasparilla Marathon
Haha, I've made the same statement: "I'll never do a marathon."  lol....looks like you're well on your way to training for your IM this year. Glad you and your son could enjoy a fun weekend together. All in all, sounds like it was a good time!
2008-02-11 3:42 PM
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I met you in the convention center, right? 

Good race.

I"ve said the same thing... will probably do one in 2009 as the tail end of IMFL!

2008-02-12 1:32 PM
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Yes, that was a tough last 10K. You did it though. Way to fight the mental adversity and finish strong. See you at IMFL. Congrats!

2008-02-12 3:22 PM
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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That's soooo funny, I was thinking that too!  OMG this medal is so heavy I might fall over!  I love this race, so glad you enjoyed it even though it was a challenge...but hey, that's what a marathon's all about, right?  Congrats Pete!!  Way to stick it out!
2008-02-14 9:22 PM
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OK, I'm saying it here.."I'll never do a marathon."  


Good race, and a good start to IM training for the year! 

2008-02-18 9:10 AM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Great job! Glad you had a good time!
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