We headed over to Ocala yesterday to run the Ocala Half Marthon on sunday. 3 days before the race we was watching the news and noticed they found a body at the Mall where the race is being held.( We found that to be a little crazy) So we showed up to the race around 6:20, Did my mile warmup in the parking lot and watch the Marathoners take off at 7am. Just after that 7:15 our race started and I lined up pretty close to the front about the second row back. The race was very scenic and if you wasn't running up a hill you was running down a hill.
Mile 1: 7:03- A little fast but I was feeling good moving right long..
Mile 2: 7:11- Alright this is my pace a little slower, but still running good minor rolling hills but nothing bad. I was passing some marathoners by this mile.
Mile 3: 7:16- Alright Good pace starting to hit hills, Trying to catch a few people but it seemed like they are walking away from me and Julia this other runner I was pacing with. Julia and I ran almost the hole race together until she left me at the end.
Mile 4: 7:37- Pretty big hill on this mile, I looked down at my legs a few times just because it felt like I was carrying bricks on my quads.
Mile 5: 7:10- Alright Trying to make up some time, taking advantage of the down hills.
Mile 6: 7:11- All down hill this mile so we are feeling good and making up time!
Mile 7: 7:11- Up hill with a down but feeling better!
Mile 8: 7:31- Gezz more hills, starting to wear on my physically, I never do hill training because we have no hills. This mile 1 runner past us and we didn't even try to hold on to him.
Mile 9: 7:27- Still trying to recover from the hills working pretty hard just to maintain pace.
Mile 10: 7:08- All down hill making up for the last few miles.
Mile 11: 7:27- More up hill but feeling ok, trying to get the 2nd place girl...
Mile 12: 7:02- Still pushing pretty hard gaining ground on the 2nd place girl.
Mile 13: 7:33- Strong up hill at the start of this mile and it kills me. My body tells me stop and for some reason I listen, I ended up walking about 30 secs. Alright I pick the pace back up and continue running but Julia have pulled away from me but I wasn't really racing her and nobody has pass me!
.14 About 1:15 I forgot to stop my watch after the finish line. Official time 1:35:34 beating my Pr by about 3 minutes! Finished 15th overall and 3rd in my a/g (25-29) The course was very hilly running around people farms and everything else. Roads were pretty rough but it didn't bother me much. I'm the guy in the blue shirt on the right in the bottom picture.
PRs: Marathon (2:56xx; '13) Half (1:25xx; '12) 10k (40:26; '11) 5mi (29:23; '13) 5k (18:31; '11)
Congrats on the big PR!
Awesome job! At least you had a bit of a cold front this weekend (contrary to us), so that probably helped! Great job and congrats on the award.
DamarisMarathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
PRs: 24:57 (5K); 51:25 (10K); 42:46 (5 Miles); 2:04:31 (HM); 4:34:09 (Marathon); 8:00 (Trail 50K)
Damaris Runs with Asthma
Great job on the HM!
I was in Ocala this past Sunday through Wednesday-an aunt passed away and we went to her funeral. My MIL lived there until her passing a few years ago so I'm quite familiar with the city.
I ran Route 200 south from Route 75, 3 mlies out and back. :-)
Any John Travolta sitings?
Congrats! Nice AG award.
Congrats on the big PR and the AG award! Sounds like you ran a great race!
Awesome! Congratulations on the PR and AG!
Half Fanatic #3091 ~ Marathon debut: 11/16/13 Anthem Richmond Marathon
"Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious." - Rumi
Smaller By The Day
I just want to warn everybody that if I run a time like that, my entire RR will be with CAPS LOCK ON!!!
Blueberry Stomp 5K (9/12) - 31:02
Feel The Learn 5K (10/12) - 26:58
Indianapolis Monumental HM (11/12) - 2:03:56
Run For The Heart 5K (12/12) - 25:48:48
Valpo Valentine's Day 5K (2/13) - 24:45:08
Chi Town HM (3/24/13) - 01:54:07.2
Dart For The Arts 10K (4/13/13) - 48:59
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (11/02/13) -
Thanks everyone! Damaris I really couldn't of asked for better weather it was slightly chilly at the start for me. Pragmaticrnner, I'm pretty sure I didn't see not one straight road while I was there. The wifes boss owns a hotel about 10mins south of there so we stayed on exit 341 about 10mins away.
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