i think i should have worn my ~4.5-5oz endorphin racers instead of my ~3.2 oz nbrc5000v2’s tho… my 1:21 half from 2018 was in those ~3.2 oz shoes but i was more adapted to running in them on hard surfaces. my legs started feeling massively beat up before the midway point, and complete toast by mile 11.
they posted a ton of photos, with watermarks… but some good ones. might be a “full set”.
quick half marathon recap: the fun stuff is before the race
- get up at 4:15 AM
- mosey around, eat a small snack etc
- realize it’s 4:45 AM, which is when i should have left
- start rushing, get out of the door at 4:55 AM
- get on my way for a 1.5 hour drive
- start seeing some lightning etc, dammit thunderstorms coming
- eat while driving at 6:00 AM lol, was kinda hard peeling a banana
- at 6:10, hit a massive down pour -> zero visibility
- people were pulling over etc, it was torrential
- decided to keep driving because, now i’m realizing i’m possibly going to get there later than 6:30 AM … race is at 7 but it’s a huge race so, 6:30 sounded good
- around 6:20 AM the massive rains became a drizzle, things looking good
- start feeling like I need to take a massive sh*t
- see some gas stations but keep going (bad move, kinda…)
- get to the parking garage at 6:30 AM, damn worked out perfect
- now i’m in line to get into the parking garage…
- moving slowly…
- in the garage, going up… slowly…
- time ticking away, 6:40, 6:41, 6:42, 6:43, 6:44, still going up
- finally make it to the very top 6:45 AM, where you can see the sky, and there’s three spaces left : one for the car in front of me, one for myself, and one for the car behind me
- about 4 other cars in line (i guess they prevented more from entering), no idea what they did, but they couldnt park
- so it’s 6:48 AM now… race starts at 7… i don’t even have my bib
- i run down the stairs (5 flights) fast af.
- make it to the registration area, 6:54 AM
- get my bib and put it on kinda crooked - dgaf, 6:56 AM
- run towards the port-o-potties, completely full, lines everywhere, 6:57 AM
- run behind a dumpster, take a massive piss, say to myself, ok well, no sh*t for me, just get to the start
- get to the start at 6:58 AM
- and just like that, one of the most magical things that has ever happened to me… i no longer had to take a sh*t. it completely disappeared.
- race starts around 7:02 AM, go out at goal pace (5:55), slow down each mile until mile 4, (5:55, 6:01, 6:05, 6:15), then just down shifted
- one of my goals was to avoid water/anything the entire race
- i just zoomed by every water station
- a few times i got thirsty but, once i realized i wasn’t going to drink anything, it disappeared
- admired many of the homes/gardens on this course, it was amazing … very fun course to site-see, which i rarely do
- volunteers were awesome, every single one i passed yelled words of encouragement or made a comment about my “floppy hat” lmao
- anyway by mile 10, legs were toast. 3.2 oz shoes did me in. i felt every stride.
- got to mile 13, figured i’d kick it in hard as fu*k, huge finish line tons of people cheering etc
- there was a dude right behind me but i wasn’t worried about beating him or anything, just decided to gun it as fast as possible
- gunned it… kept looking at my watch: 4:10, 4:05, 4:02 … so last 0.1 was ~4:05 pace, peak 4:02
- finished… ate a bunch of donuts.
- saw a bunch of friends.
- one told me I was first in my age group, seriously thought he was kidding
- i ran a slow time, didnt expect to win any $$
- lo and behold, i won $100
- i go up for the awards… turns out, the dude who got 2nd, was the guy behind me at the end… and to add to that, his net time was only ~5s off of my net time, but I finished like ~10s faster than him in the race.
- so if i didn’t kick that hard at the end to make up that net time difference, i’d have got 2nd. haha.
- $100 kick
- oh! and the 2nd place guy (really nice dude), told me he was the guy behind me, and that i took off so fast it looked crazy… hah.
- i mean, i guess he was right behind me (like a few feet), and we both kicked the last 0.1, and i finished like 10s ahead… LOL. kinda nutty with legs dead at the end of a half. i like it.
- hung out with friends i know, most of whom are beasts (9th OA, 11th OA, ~40th OA (and grand master)) for example in a very crazy fast race. the 9th OA guy won $750. 9th & 11th oa are local beasts, been dominating the area for a long time. I think they ran 1:14 and 1:15 respectively. both have PR’s of ~1:10 and 1:09 or maybe even faster. miami dudes.
- event over…
- a few hours after the race ends, left soleus starts tightening up, could literally feel it going from normal to tight/strained… so odd.
- go find a nice place to eat
- ate a NY strip steak, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and a full stack of pancakes.
- drove home
- finally got the urge to go to the bathroom
- watched NFL playoffs (some amazing games, amazingly bad calls also)
so i guess the highlight of that recap, and why i wrote it, was how i almost missed the race, magically had a poop disappear, ran a slow time, and kicked hard af somehow getting me $100 with a slow time.
i’m up to $710 total in race winnings… hah!
oh, and to top it off… i learned at the end, a world record holder (marathon) woman @ age 70 was going for the world record in the half that day. she was pretty close. ran 1:38, needed 1:37… dude that’s flying for a 70 year old woman… like 7:3X pace.
her marathon at 70 was 3:25 or something, Chicago 2018.
- 04:30 AM: orange juice, banana, water
- 06:00 AM: pre-race: (while driving): orange juice, banana, water
- 08:35 AM: post-race: donnuts! chips/salsa, water
- 10:30 AM: some fancy restaurant: ny strip steak + scrambled eggs + potatoes, full stack of pancakes with syrup/butter
- 04:00 PM: while watching NFL playoffs: chocolate almonds, milk
- 08:30 PM: while watching NFL playoffs: chicken tenders from friday’s, fries, water
Naples Half Marathon: 42nd OA (33rd M) @ 1:27:17 /// 1st AG lol wtf - won $100!! happy about: no water/fluids/calories at all during the race, solid final kick (0.1 mi @ 4:0X) aka “one hundred dollar kick” (-- m.hollander)
2nd best 10 miler, 15k, 20k, and half … way off of my PB’s tho. felt great the first 4 miles. then downshifted hard from 5-10, and even harder from 11-13. cranked a nice kick in the final 0.1.
this marathon course is really nice… beautiful course, tons of spectators/people cheering, incredible volunteers, mansions everywhere lmfao. really nice.
not used to these 3.2 oz shoes on roads anymore lol. might try my endorphins instead for the next road half.
sub5 mi’s, sub3 1k’s:
2019: 0, 0
2018: 12, 15
2017: 1, 1
2016: 0, 0
2015: 0, 0