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David Spell ran: The Presque Isle Half...
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- 13 miles
- 01:20 time
- 06:06 pace
- 1211 calories
The Presque Isle Half Marathon is one of my favorite races of the year. I use this race to gauge my fitness for my fall marathon training. The only bad thing about this race is that it is in run in the middle of July which means that it is going to be hot and humid. The weather lived up to its reputation today with a temp of 70, humidity over 80%, Dew point at 70, and storms in the area. Fortunately the storms held off to pre and post race.
I decided pre race to run conservatively in these conditions and keep things honest. I thought my goal of sub 1:20 was not obtainable. Race goal would be to keep the pace around 6:10 pace and finish strong.. I left the house at 3:40 AM for the 2 hour trip north to Erie. Upon arriving and getting my packet I met up with Aaron P H. and Steve for a 1.5 mile warmup. We got back to to start line a few minutes before the sart which allowed for a few minutes of stretching and chatting. When the gun went off I went into game mode. I tried my hardest not to go out too fast. A lead pack of 20+ runner's took off at a mid 5:00 pace. I fought the temptation to chase and ended up with a mile 1 split of 5:50. From there on I locked into a pace of 6:04. I began picking off runner's early and often until around mile 3 when my pacing machine Scott passed me and took me along for the ride. Scott's form and cadance was hypnotizing. The only other time I experienced this feeling was running with Steve S. and @Caleb M a couple of years ago at the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon. The miles just seem to go by so quick and easy. I didn't give much thought to the pace since the effort felt comfortable. We ran together until the last 1/2 mile where I was able to out kick my new friend to a time of 1:19:59.4, .6 seconds to spare I am so pumped that I was able to accomplish my goal of going sub 1:20 today. Today's race has me very excited to continue my sub 2:50 marathon training.
Aaron P H. ended up finishing 23rd overall with a time of 1:25 and some change (5 minute PR) I can't wait to see what he does on this sam course 2 months from now at the Erie Marathon. Steve ended up with a 1:31 which was good for 50th overall. I also had the pleasure of seeing @frank C at the finish line. Lots of good running in bad conditions today.