Dunedin Kiwanis Midnight Run

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Jul 27, 2010



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PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Completed all 6 of the World Marathon Majors 2024

Completed each of the 5 majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

8 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021, 2022)

13 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  


Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 60.20 Year: 891.65
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PM - 6 miles in the afternoon heat - finished up just before the Euros final began.  Had to awaken quite early this morning to take daughter Delaney to the airport (4 am wake up call) to send her to North Carolina for a distance running camp at Brevard.  She was quite excited to go; had a great time there last year.  Wish they had those camps (or wish I had known about them) when I was in high school.  A bit knackered today after the run possibly from the 20 yesterday or maybe from the lack of a solid nights sleep. 

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AM - a sleepy 6 miles this morning before work on a still and humid pre-dawn run.  I got 7 hours of sleep last night, but still cannot seem to shake out the the cobwebs.   


PM - 8 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime.  Kept it at 70% HRR - and my pace was a little bit slower than it has been at that HR - so I must be slightly out of balance with acidosis or a little dehydrated, or both.  Did not feel normal until about halfway through.  Couple of rightly paced aerobic runs should set me straight.

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Race: Dunedin Kiwanis Midnight Run (3.1 Miles) 00:18:57, Place overall: 27, Place in age division: 1
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AM - very light 4 miles before work today.  Planning to do the Midnight Run race tonight.  Body felt better than yesterday, but still not quite at a point where it feels good and rested.


PM - Race Report - I had a pretty good  5k race late this evening.  Warm conditions 85 degrees and about 80% humidity, but no rain.  I debated whether to do the 5k or the 10k and settled on the former because I was too chicken to want to push myself for the 10.

Warmed up a little over 3 miles and ran into several people I recognized, none of whom I knew even were runners.  This event, much like the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, brings out all kinds of folks.  I think they estimated over 2000 were registered this year.  This was the 33rd running of the event, I think I may have run the very first one they held here back when I was in high school. 

First half of the first mile was alarming.  I ended up with a bunch of high school aged boys who ran extremely quickly for my taste - and it was almost unavoidable to keep from doing the same.  So I would estimate my .5 mile time was probably below 5:30, but the first mile split was 5:49 when some sanity resumed to the field.  My breathing was a bit too high, but I settled into a decent rhythm and began reeling people in over the next mile and a half.  Mile 2 split was 6:06 but my expected preciptitous fall off for mile 3 was not really that bad - 6:15 and I ran the last .1 at 5:25 pace.  So I had a nice sprint in - which resulted in a time on the clock and on my watch of 18:57 (official results of 19:00 notwithstanding).

So, while I realize this is not a blazing time to most,  and certainly slower than some of my races in the last couple of years, for some reason this felt very good to me as a positive sign in my training.  I have not done any training other than heavy miles at not more than aerobic efforts for the  last 9 weeks.  This is a tough little course for me too - The last 2 times I have run this, (2011 and 2008) my times were 22-24 seconds slower than last night, and with some speed training to boot.  I am seeing solid improvement and I felt strong throughout the race - although clearly not yet speedy.  I won the old man's division and was 27th overall. 

I did a cool down by running out the causeway again before the 10k started - and did about 4 miles.  Watched the leaders coming by in the 10k and noted that as they were coming down over the drawbridge, the lead runner, out ahead by nearly 100 yards, kept looking back, almost disappointed in no one running with him.  I also noticed how quite things were with just the sound of the pounding of their feet going by.  No one talking and there were no spectators, save for me.  Anyway, I thought it was cool.  Also, I was very tired/sleepy - at 12:30 in the morning it was way past my bedime - I am glad I did not do the 10k just for the that reason. 


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AM - 6 miles easy shake out run in the neighborhood.  Legs felt very good following last nights race.

PM - 8 miles moderate aerobic effort on the treadmill at the Y.


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AM - easy 6 miles this morning before work.  Sent two of my girls and Tracy off on a road trip beforehand as they head to West Virginia for their annual family reunion.  I will join them by flight on Saturday as I meet Delaney in Charlotte on a connection from her distance running camp.  So, this means two days of free running for me - likely to end up with more miles today and tomorrow than normal.

PM - 6 more at lunchtime outside around the lakes in the Carillon Office Park. 

PM - drove down to Clearwater Beach after work and ran north all the way to Hurricane Pass at the north end of Caledesi Island.  There is no longer any channel at Dunedin Pass - so no water crossing to Caledesi.  I had a very relaxed peaceful run with only the occasional beachcomer for most of the run just before sunset.  Right at 10 miles.  Really enjoyed much of this - although at low tide, the beach was wide but a little on the soft side so the pace was a bit slow.    Perhaps a bit too much running in one day as I was very dehydrated at the end. 

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PM - on the treadmill at lunchtime - 8 miles at a moderate aerobic effort.  Feeling a little fatigued.  Weight is dropping to new lows too.

PM - 7.5 miles outside after work.  Good bit slower - kinda dragging.

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AM - very early due to an early flight.  Pretty much slept-walked 6 miles before 4 am.  Not sure if my day will permit a run later on.

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