Race Results :: A1A Half Marathon (2012)

By Skip

The race has come and gone and I sit here thinking about what an amazing day it was.  I mentioned the other day that I love this race and Sunday just emphasized that fact.  It really is a well organized race along with a beautiful venue / course.   Sometimes, as South Floridians, we take the weather for granted and we forget that everywhere else in the US people are freezing in the middle of February.  Maybe that is why this race is so popular!

I arrived with plenty of time to spare to ensure good parking.  Arriving early gives you the opportunity to scan the crowd and meet up with friends that are also doing the race, especially when there is about 4500 runners!  I also did not make the rookie mistake as I did last year and get stuck in the middle of the pack when it was time to start the race.  This year I started off in the front few rows leaving appropriate space for those who truly were going to run a 5-6 minute pace.  There were PLENTY of people up front that I recognized as being slower than me so in no way did I feel guilty standing in the “5 Minute” corral.

I settled quickly into a comfortable pace but I was looking down at my Garmin and kept saying to myself “this is too fast.. this is tooooooo fast.”  With that running through my head, I backed off a little bit and tried to slow down to a 7:15 pace.  About ten minutes later I would look down at my watch only to see I was running at a sub 7 pace again.  I knew that sooner or later that would come back to haunt me.

As we came out of the park we hit the half way point and I was still feeling strong.  I started to pass some other runners that I knew and they were starting to fade at that point.  We were about 20-30 minutes from the sun coming up which also meant that it would start to heat up as well…. and it did.

Pace and Heart Rate

When we made the last turn at about mile 9 and head straight towards the finish line, it started to catch up to me.  Still strong, I started to feel a little more cardio stress and saw that my heart rate (HR) was rising higher than I wanted it too.  By mile 10 I knew I was going to have  a hard time finishing this thing off strong and I also knew that despite my strong start, I had the chance of blowing this thing and possibly doing worse than last year!  There was NO WAY I was going to let this happen.

If you look at the chart above (click for a larger view) you will see that mile 10-13 was hell for me.  Look at my slow down in pace and look at my HR stats… I am surprised I crossed the finish line at all!  I tell you what, when I crossed that finish line I sprinted in and didn’t let anybody pass me.  A few people pulled up next to me and tried to take me over (not that it really mattered) but anybody who knows me also knows the competitive nature that lives inside of me.

Garmin Stats (Click for larger view)

When I crossed the finish line I wobbled for about 60-90 seconds trying to catch my breath and get my head clear.  Looking at the above chart I now know why I felt so dizzy.  The good news out of all of this?  I think I clearly have a new maximum HR level!!  Good numbers to know when  you are trying to propel yourself across a finish line for a win.

I finished in 1:36:17 which also placed me 15th in my age group (40-44) and 94th overall.  Longer distances like this are not really my strong types of runs as I don’t really train for this but given that fact, I don’t think I did that bad.  I ended up averaging a 7:21 pace which was a tad bit slower than I had planned for but faster than last year.  I beat my time by a whole two minutes and set a new PR for myself.

Congressman Allen West

I was able to meet up with quite a few friends from Try-A-Tri and even came across my friend, Congressman Allen West.  I hope everybody had as good of day as I did.  Now it is time to rest up and take on the next big challenge on my list… the Duathlon Nationals!




Filed in: Half Marathon, Race, Running • Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


By Michel M. Powers on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:12 am

Once the hills were behind me, I knew that I could make a sub 11 pace. I admit I was a bit disappointed. My PR for the 10k, this race in fact, is 9:37 pace. I wasn’t even close! I quickly refocused and heard my mantra: Feel good and finish. Feel good and finish.


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