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Bank of America Gasparilla Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Tampa Bay, Florida
United States
Bank of America
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 40m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3, had a cup of coffee and ate a piece of toast with peanut butter. We had an hour drive to the race site. Bad weather was threatening to cancel or at least postpone the race.
Event warmup:

Nothing really, we all bailed out of the car in downtown Tampa and walked about 4 blocks to the starting line.
Run
  • 2h 40m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 16s  min/mile
Comments:

Although this was a PR for me, it was a terrible run. Humidity was 94% and temps were in the 60s but dropped as the race progressed. I was sweating a lot, having trained in Illinois winter weather, but kept eating sport beans and didn't have any issues with cramping. A bad storm rolled in during the race, so once we got out of the residential area and onto Bayshore Boulevard, there were 20 mph winds. I saw a couple of port-a-potties get blown over. At times it was just easier to walk against the wind rather than fight it. Got rained on. Worst part was AFTER the race, waiting for other friends to finish. That's when the worst of the storm hit and temps dropped quite a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Aside from the weather, I am pleased with the race. My goal was 2:30-2:39, so I did not attain my goal but did PR by almost 5 minutes. If the weather had cooperated, I believe I would have met the goal.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with mylar blanket, got some food, tried to stay warm.

Event comments:

I love this race and am sorry that the weather screwed things up.




Last updated: 2008-12-18 12:00 AM
Running
02:40:45 | 13.1 miles | 12m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly flat, a few bridge ramps.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2009-03-03 8:46 AM

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2009-03-03 9:11 AM
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Well - you got your "Adventure Race'n" in for once!  No doubt.....

Awesome job!  I'm guessing you won't forget this one, ever!   For me, the getting up at 3 am would be the tuffest part.   But that's just me.  

Way to gut this one out.  Wow!

2009-03-03 9:52 AM
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Writebrained - 2009-03-03 9:11 AM

Well - you got your "Adventure Race'n" in for once!  No doubt.....

Awesome job!  I'm guessing you won't forget this one, ever!   For me, the getting up at 3 am would be the tuffest part.   But that's just me.  

Way to gut this one out.  Wow!

Adventure Race is the operative term!!  Thanks!!!

2009-03-03 11:47 AM
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You friggin' ROCK.

2009-03-03 7:14 PM
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THat's a heck of a PR under horrible weather circumstances.  Great job hanging in there in craptastic weather!
2009-03-04 10:56 AM
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TinkerBeth
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Awesome job on the race!

A PR is quite an accomplishment given those conditions!

Congratulations!!!



2009-03-04 11:37 AM
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Great race under awful conditions! Way to go.
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