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?

How to strategize for a race with a top secret map.

Good day runners and others! Hope it’s going well for you. This morning I got my butt up at the crack of dawn and I ran 7 miles. It felt awesome. While it’s getting a bit warmer outside, it was still pretty cool this morning with a temperature of 68 and it was so nice. I love cooler weather.


I am working on my strategy for the half marathon this weekend and I practiced negative splits this morning. I’d prefer to run negative splits if I can do it, because I always end up with a better overall time. I tried to find an accurate map of the race course online but I had been told it may be changing. So I couldn’t really rely on anything that I found online and that sorta sucked because if I knew the course and whether it was flat, hilly or a bit of both, I could be a bit better prepared and at least come up with some sort of strategy. I like to know what I’m up against so I can plan out my splits mile per mile if possible; or develop an escape plan, you know, whatever works.

Finally, this afternoon I got an email from the race director. The email subject was: Blue Moon ½ Marathon and 5K map release!

Wait wut? Was the map a top secret? Is there a reason we couldn’t see it before? I pondered on that for a moment and then clicked on the link. In essence, here’s most of what I saw:

map of race course

Notice anything? I don’t know about you but I’m a little concerned about miles 7 and 12, or rather the fact that there are two of them. Am I just reading this wrong? Please tell me I’m not as navigationally challenged as I think I am. This map looks all kinds of f’d up, doesn’t it? Maybe mile 7 is just a continuation from where it is first posted but what is going on with mile 12? So much for my preparation, if I had to go by this map I think I’d be even more confused, so I’m just gonna wing it and follow the dude on the bike. Yep, that’s my strategy.

Or maybe I could use this next strategy. This guy decided to play a little prank on some runners and others in a local park. This would definitely help me pick up my pace:

Anybody wanna volunteer to prank me? Scare me into the win? Or a PR at least? Anybody?

Now tell me, is there something I may be missing on this map? Have you ever had a hard time figuring out a race course?