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Lithia, Florida
United States
Tampa Races
Total Time = 2h 02m 33s
Overall Rank = 89/260
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/23
Pre-race routine:

laughted at Mike swatting at mass amounts of mosquitoes
Event warmup:

It's 13.1 miles..I figured I was gonna warm up soon enough!
  • 2h 02m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

I wish I had some drama to report, or something screamingly funny that happened, but I really don't. I didn't taper for this race, and got 4 hours of sleep the night before, so I wondered if I'd be hurting, but I wasn't.

After my first half iron race last month, where I was reduced to a shuffle on the run, I wanted to see if I was capable of running a good steady pace. My target was 2:10, with a stretch goal of 2:00.

I went out feeling easy, trying to concentrate on that feeling for at least the first half of the race. I forgot to start my watch and there were no mile markers, so I wasn't really sure how I was doing. At 5k we went back by the finish, and I saw the clock: 27:xx. Well, that was about my target pace, so I settled in.

I told myself that if I felt good at 10 miles, I'd step up the pace, and I did just that..I believe I did the final 3 miles in about 23 minutes, still with some left in the tank. Since I was calculating my time by adding my watch time to the 5k time, I mistakenly thought I didn't have a shot of making 2:00. I rounded the final corner to see the clock at 2:02 and thought, "Damn..I could've easily pushed it for 2-3 more minutes and broken 2 hours." Oh time. I beat my first half mary time by 38 minutes as it was..I didn't realize how far I've come since February. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Got the beer out of the truck, wrapped napkins around it to avoid the park rangers, and chugged it down.

Met Christine, and cheered Haley, Jess, and Renee through the finish line. I wish I could've stayed for dinner, but I had a party to get back to.

Event comments:

I forgot to mention that my buddies Mike and Ken did this race with me. Last February, they both kicked my butt. This time, I didn't see 'em after the 5k mark, and they weren't in front of me. Mike said when the 300 lb lady passed him that finished off his motivation and he just started walking.. :D

Last updated: 2005-11-21 12:00 AM
02:02:33 | 13.1 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/23
Overall: 0/260
Course: Nice gently rolling hills in a park. Much nicer course than the FL Challenge Half Marathon held in the same park in February, which was my first half marathon.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2005-11-21 5:31 PM

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2005-11-21 6:31 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome race Kendall...congrats on a great time   Too funny you smoked your friends !!  Sorry I was too sick top make it out there...we will meet eventually.  Take care -SMO
2005-11-21 7:52 PM
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Plant City, FL
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38 minutes?? Holy cow!  You kicked arse Kendall!! Congratulations on an awesome race!! 
2005-11-21 8:56 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Hey great race Kendall....LMAO @ 300 lb lady though. That's something I really hope to avoid!

2005-11-22 8:39 AM
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Kendall, I had no idea you did so well/improved your time so much on your race! Congratulations!!! Next time, we hang apres race!

Your friend pointed out the large woman to me. If she came in ahead of him, she came in well ahead of me. Good for her!

2005-11-22 8:39 AM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Kendall - you rock! Great run!

2005-11-22 6:09 PM
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Wife, Mother, Friend.
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for me, it was a very pregnant lady running the half marathon.  On a hill.

I later found out she's in my newly-joined running club but I haven't seen her there yet. 

2005-11-23 9:10 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Way to PR!

Nice job almost making the stretch goal!  Start your watch next time!

2005-11-24 6:52 AM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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you really rocked, great job.
2005-11-24 7:39 AM
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Woohoo!! Kendall, you are getting so fast!  I can't wait to see how much you continue to improve over the winter and next season!!

Always fun to see you, too!

2005-11-24 1:05 PM
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, Alabama
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Great time Kendall!  Clobbered your goal time and almost even made your "stretch" goal too!


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