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Inaugural Alachua Lake Half Marathon 2015

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Last month I ran the Inaugural Alachua Lake Half Marathon which was another fine event directed by Bobby of Lloyd Clarke Sports.

After a low mileage summer (about a month and half of 20-30 mile weeks) that included a lot of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) instead of running, I have been trying to get my fitness back up. I definitely was not in top shape like last fall for the St. Augustine Half when I had already put in multiple 20 milers at this point.

At the race start we actually had a pretty large pack of runners (not including that speedster Dan Clark who quickly left us all behind). The first water stop was placed shortly after the first sharp turn on the bike path. I sped up to gain clear access to the water cups and since I gained some separation I pushed on a bit to see who would come with me.

Michael Farrell caught me and passed me and put some distance between us. At this point in the race I was being careful to keep my pace under control so I let Michael go at this point. 16-year old Jestyn Roberts caught up to me and we ended up running a huge portion of the race side-by-side.


Photo by Dana Moser

I did my best to stay on a maintainable pace (just over 6:30 per mile) and Jestyn stayed right with me. I worked back up to Michael and hung there for a bit and then put some distance between us, again Jestyn moved back up beside me.

With less than 5k to go we entered the hilly section. I thought I detected some labored breathing so I pushed again trying to get some separation and go for a 2nd place finish. Jestyn caught back up and then kept right on going, passing me, and establishing separation that I was not able to cover. I kept pushing hard trying to get back to him but could not close the gap.

My splits were fastest over the last few miles despite the hills. Previous races on this course always showed a significant slowdown during that last hilly section so I am happy with that aspect.

Finish time was 1:25:51 (avg. 6:33 per mile) which is about all I could expect given the quality of my recent workouts.

I feel good about getting 3rd place overall and taking home a Masters win.


Here is a picture of a bunch of shirtless men with our awards:

Tesla BareTrek 30 Minimalist shoe

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  • Tuesday, August 25 2015 @ 01:58 AM UTC
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While searching for any newly released minimalist shoes in 2015, I found the Tesla BareTrek 30 Minimalist shoes on Amazon for under 30 bucks. I ordered the brightly colored Orange and Blue (Go Gators!).

My Teslas arrived in a plastic bag, tied with a little red plastic cord. No unusual or suspect ingredients, feelings, or smells.



They appear to be knock-offs of the Merrell Vapor Glove.



The only significant difference I found between the Tesla BareTrek and the Merrell Vapor Glove is the sole. The VG has stickier Vibram rubber. I didn't wear the Teslas out into the world to gauge performance on real surfaces, but the Tesla rubber feels a little slippery to the touch. The Tesla has a removable insert and standard shoe insole (reminds me of Inov-8 Bare-X Lite 150), rather than the VG which has no insert and an insole designed for the shoe to be worn sockless.


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GATE River Run 15k 2015 - Race Report

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  • Wednesday, July 15 2015 @ 05:02 PM UTC
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I am super late in getting this race report out. The Gate River Run 15k in Jacksonville happened in March and I see that it is now July...

This year I was seeded into the front of the first wave, with a yellow 3-digit race number, based on the quality of the half marathon performance that I submitted. It was pretty cool to be right up there at the front near the elites.

The River Run is really just an amazing, huge and well-managed event. I finished 284th out of 14918 total finishers (all genders). There was free beer and chocolate milk at the post-race celebration and this year the Publix bananas were even ripe. The weather was perfect for hanging out until the awards ceremony.

Here is a picture from after the finish with some of my Florida Track Club teammates and Gainesville runners who finished near me:


Photo by Speedy Banana

My RunFlix video of the race:




Speedy Banana was all over the course taking great photos...

Gainesville Summer Track Meet Series 2015

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  • Tuesday, June 02 2015 @ 12:14 PM UTC
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The 2015 Gainesville 2nd Annual Summer All Comer Track Meets are coming soon! On Thursday Evenings June 11th, June 18th and July 2nd, Cone Park Track will be host to track and field events for children and adults of all ages. 

The cost this year will be $1 per person to offset the cost of the Timing and Starter.


Photo via visitgainesville.com

Questions?

Contact: Coach Larry Holsey of the Gainesville Striders track and field organization

Dates: June 11th - June 18th- July 2nd (Thursday Evenings)

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $1.00 Everyone to Register at Meet

Location: Fred Cone Park - East University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641 (Google Map)

The MS Word document provided by Coach Larry Holsey is available for download here: https://db.tt/3mpBQ3HW

 

I have reproduced the content and schedule below for convenience (as in, I'm not official, I am just sharing the information I have been given)...

Events include Long Jump, Shot put, Mini-Javelin, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m, as well as a Jogger's / Walker’s Community Mile to kick start each meet.  

Running events

6:00pm Jogger’s / Walkers Healthy Mile to kick Start the Meet 

6:30pm 300meters – 7 and above invited – Males and Females

6:45pm 1500meters –All Ages invited - Males and Females

7:00pm 100meters – All Ages invited – Males and Females 

7:45pm 50meters – 6 and under invited – Males and Females – kids receives a ribbon

8:00pm Coaches Relay – 100 – 100 – 200 – 400 

8:20pm 200meters - 7 and above invited – Males and Females

8:30pm 200m Hurdles – 13-14 – Males and Females

8:40pm 3,000 meters –All Ages invited – Males and Females

Field Events

June 11th – Long Jump (11 years under) – Mini Javelin – Shot Put (All Ages)

June 18th – Long Jump (12 years above) – Mini Javelin – Shot Put (All Ages)

July 2nd – TBA 

 

Team Youth Combine wins 2015 LGAA 5k

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  • Thursday, April 30 2015 @ 10:30 AM UTC
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The LGAA 5k and Corporate Challenge is held at Ironwood Golf Course in Gainesville, Florida.

http://www.lgalum.com/LGAA-5K

I have had the pleasure of participating on the Youth Combine race team for the past 2 years, both of which... we won! Youth Combine is a local Gainesville organization that offers affordable, effective fitness programs for youth of all ages.

Here is a photo of the Youth Combine race team with the winning check from 2015:



The 2015 LGAA 5k was held on April 22, 2015. Race Results are posted:

http://georesults.racemine.com/Start-...5k/results

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