Run your own race or crop dust them, whatever works.

Happy Monday! Hope yours is going well. Mine is going pretty good so far. I got up this morning and ran 7 miles. I ran some hills in the neighborhood and then ran Phillipe Park which is the oldest park in the County that I live in. It was named after Count Odet Phillipe who settled here 1842 and introduced citrus farming and cigar making to the area. He is buried in the park. It’s located on the shore of Tampa Bay and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that I thought I would randomly insert a lot of the pictures that I took today throughout this post.

Phillipe Park, Safety Harbor

Phillipe Park Pinellas Counry

Anyway, while I was running today I was thinking a lot about my upcoming races. I’ve got another half marathon in less than 2 weeks and I’m really focused on having a good race, well, that and not eating too much fiber, because we certainly don’t want this to happen again.

Safety Harbor Florida Parks

Although on a related note, I noticed that the faster I ran today, the more volatile my stomach became. I almost felt sorry for anyone running behind me today as I crop dusted the entire park, but hey, if that happens on race day it may not be a bad thing. *evil laugh*

Phillipe Park in Safety Harbor Florida

In this next race, I’m going to follow the same plan I’ve been following all year and it’s the best strategy I’ve ever used. I’m going to run my own race. It may sound simple, but in reality it isn’t. It’s hard to listen to your body and do what it tells you, especially in a long race, but if you want to do well, that’s what you have to do.

Running in Safety Harbor, Florida

Running in Phillipe Park

I’m going to use the other runners to help guide me and push me a bit harder while maintaining a pace that is within my range, (running my own race). What I mean is, I’m going to race against those who run similar times as I do and let them push me. I’m not going to try and pace with the 7 minute mile runner because I know I won’t be able to keep up. Don’t get me wrong, I can run a 7 minute mile. In fact, I’ve run a 7 minute mile on many occasions, but after 1 mile, I am spent. Done. Finito! Call me a cab, the race is over. I’ll be needing a nap now.

Parks in Safety Harbor Florida

Running in Florida

No, my plan is to stay with the 8:30 pacer and use them to push me harder, because I know my competitive nature will kick in and I can hold that pace for a longer distance and that’s how I plan on getting to the finish faster.

Phillipe Park Safety Harbor, Florida

Now all I have to do is figure out the right balance of fiber, protein and carbs….because while crop dusting is okay, shitting your pants is not.

Running Trails Florida

Florida Parks with running paths

What’s your race strategy and when is your next race?

15 thoughts on “Run your own race or crop dust them, whatever works.

  1. Love your post, I had to laugh at the call me a cab, thing cuz with my knee hurting I have been utilizing them lately. Hope your tummy gets better!….I am sure with persistence and dedication you will be running more than one seven minute mile!

    • I hope so, this morning I felt like a snail or a slug. LOL I guess we all have days like that. Hope your knee gets better too!

  2. Beautiful run!! I didn’t know the history–thanks for sharing. My issue is always with acid reflux. The more water I drink, the worse it gets–but how do you not drink water?

    • Wow, that is an issue. I’m not sure how to deal with that one. Anyone have any suggestions? I would say prilosec but I found out from my Mother in Law, who is a nurse, that it’s not good to take that very often.

  3. I love Phillipe too I’m surprised we haven’t bumped into each other there! Ok so my next race is the same one you’re doing AND 8:30 is usually my pace too…so my strategy is too hang with Flower lol!!! Last year I ran it in 1:52 ..,, hoping for the same or better BUT not sure how it will turn out… My training long runs have been all over the place!!! I need to experiment with what to nibble on during the race …. I also want to get a waist belt like yours … Hoping the expo sells them. I hope your tummy settles down …. I hate gastro issues!!!!

    • LOL, I think i’ll be okay if I lay off the fiber. I would love for you to pace with me. I say we run with the 8:30 pacer and move up toward the 8:15 pacer, or I’ll just hang with you as long as I can until I just can’t anymore because you are super speedy. I dont know if I can run it in 1:52 but I sure would love too! You can get the spibelt at Dicks and they run about 20 bucks. And, if you follow this link there is a coupon for 10 dollars off 25. I use it any time I go to Dicks. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you at womens running. I’ll get in touch with you before the expo so we can plan on meeting up somewhere.

    • Me too! I thought I would give it a go again just for a change of scenery and I loved it. Anytime you wanna run it, let me know, and I’ll meet ya! 🙂

  4. I didn’t see any animals. Where are the animals? WERE there animals? Did I just miss them? And now that I think of it, not many humans either. Hmmm….oh, that’s right, you were crop dusting….lol

    • LOL, funny thing you mentioned it. While walking the dogs this morning, I swear, an Osprey was eating lunch right in front of us. We got within 4 feet before it flew away but it was huge and it scared me because it was checking out my dachshund like he was the next snack or something. I’m hoping he is in the same yard tomorrow because I will definitely be taking a picture, well, after I hide the wiener dog.

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