Gasparilla Half-Marathon Race Report by Kristie Concepcion

In a continuing effort to highlight those around the country that are racing we at CTER are running race reports and hopefully motivating you to get moving.  If you would like to be the featured athlete please use the Contact Me form and submit your race report.  Right now the reports are being posted on Saturday mornings and will continue to do so for the forseeable future as there has been great success in having the readers read them with their breakfast and cup of coffee. The following race report is by Kristie Concepcion of 140 Point 6 Miles of Awesome! and that is not a lie.  She is awesome.  I have exchanged emails and tweets with KC and she has helped me quite a bit.  Her biggest contribution has been to my nutrition between the swim and the bike and the bike to the run.  What is that contribution you are asking?  How about FIG BARS.  Yes FIG BARS.  And if she wins the Cupcake Marathon then Elisabeth of Sugared Bakery has offered to make her fig cupcakes. Enjoy the race report.

Gasparilla Half-Marathon Race Report by Kristin Concepcion

all smiles at mile 4
Half marathon race result breakdown
Chip Time: 1:37:42 (garmin said 1:37:39)
Clock Time: 1:37:50
Overall: 267/4827
Gender: 50/2500
AG: 9/391
Last years race report and results can be found HERE.
There used to be a 26.2 tied in with this event, but last year, the organizers decided that 2010 was the last year for the marathon. Thankfully, they decided to keep doing the half marathon, so guess what happened this year? all of those runners that would have done a marathon had no other choice but to do the half so I noticed it was a little more crowded, but no big deal. It made for more competition that's for sure. I also want to point out that the 40-44 female age group is more fierce than the 35-39! just sayin'. Raise your hand if you agree?
mile 9 and feeling the heat ...and my legs are really pissed off at me
The weather was great for cycling but a little warm for running. Even though the race started at 6am, while it was still dark, I could feel it heating up around mile 4. I promise i'm not whining here. I train in this heat and I'm used to it but I don't LOVE running it. I do LOVE cycling and swimming in it way more. 
one of the best race sherpa's around, Angie (aka: Bella)
we pulled a McGiver and set the camera on timer and used a bike seat as a tripod

race bling - front
race bling - back
I was really surprised how well my legs felt after beating them down the day before with a 71 mile ride in the hills ...that is until around mile 10 when my legs started to feel like lead. My race sherpa, was on her mountain bike shadowing me and i told her that maybe the ride in the hills the day before wasn't such a great idea afterall. I told her I felt like I was running 10 minute miles, even though my slowest mile was mile 12 at a pace of 7:42. I focused on my music like my sherpa told me to do and just kept putting one foot in front of the other. Overall, I am very happy with how i ran and I am chalking it up as a great training weekend in preparation for the Gator Half-iron distance triathlon coming up March 20th. Mission accomplished! As usual, I am VERY sore today. My quads, hammies, and left glute (never the right) are sore but a good sore not an injured sore. needless to say, no running for me today and probably not tomorrow. I did hit the weights and the bike this morning but sitting all day at work made me get even more sore, so tomorrow it looks like a great day to swim and bike. Can you believe? February is OVER! only 249 days til IMFL. Much love and peace out!
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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