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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
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
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great Presque Isle Half Marathon Race Report 13.1 mi 01:20 06:06 pace

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.

Happy Sunday!

  • Mark S.
    Mark S.

    Awesome race, Dave! Sounds like you ran strong and smart.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Mike

    Damn nice running David.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Cesar G.
    Cesar G.

    Great race Dave!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Gil

    Everything seemed to work out for you today! Nice race report and congratulations.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Tim M.
    Tim M.

    Congrats on the sub 1:20 in the heat Dave. I am completely convinced that you could run a 1:17 low 1:18 if in the right conditions and in the right mental frame of mind. This is going to be an amazing fall for you.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Steve Shep
    Steve Shep

    Impressive work Dave. You played this perfectly man! Congrats!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Mark W.
    Mark W.

    Tremendous all around. Conditions were perfect for DNFing & you blow it out. Id like to say I'm surprised...but I know you too well! Congrats bro.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Johnny Tsunami
    Johnny Tsunami

    Awesome Pace Dude!!!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Sarah G.
    Sarah G.

    Great work, David!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Cassie C.
    Cassie C.


    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Joe M.

    Just amazing David in those kind of temps. Anything longer than 10 an you are really pushing it. So impressed!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Shannon H.
    Shannon H.

    Incredible! Congrats!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Frank C.
    Frank C.

    Great race today David. And, great seeing you. Sorry I missed you at the after party. Good luck with your training.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Andrew S.
    Andrew S.

    Great run man!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    Great job Dave, not surprised at all by your sub-1:20, you are in top-flight shape.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Paul S.
    Paul S.

    Brillant run in those conditions! Sounds like you're in the zone already!!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • R B.
    R B.

    Congrats on the Sub 80 minute. With weather better that's another good 2-3 minutes of time off.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Stefan
    Stefan Congrats

    Wow, brilliant David!! With this kind of time I'd feel super-confident of heading out at sub-2:50 pace. This must be a huge confidence booster!!

    almost 6 years ago

  • Tim B.
    Tim B. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Great job David, I hope to tackle a Half sooner or later???

    almost 6 years ago

  • Brandon
    Brandon Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Awesome to hit your goal in less than ideal conditions. Way to hold back at the start and be smart. I hope to follow your example next month in my halfs. Great race!

    almost 6 years ago

  • Dustin V.
    Dustin V. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Great race, David. Those are brutal conditions to run in, and then to run that time - amazing!!

    almost 6 years ago

  • Glenn W.
    Glenn W. Congrats

    Great job!

    almost 6 years ago