Sarasota Half Marathon – Running Recap

The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon was 3 weeks ago.  I completed this last year and ended up with a Personal Record(PR).   Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the same this year, BUT….I had a great time and that is all that matters in the long run.  (“long run”…pardon my punny sense of humor)

Last year the race was crowded, but it didn’t sell out till the last minute, this year it sold out a lot earlier, but thanks to a blogger friend of mine, Denise (, I ran this race for free.  I just love my run blogging buddies.

This year the corral was so packed we couldn’t even move through the sea of runners to get to the section assigned to my pace.  Luckily, I had Beth ( and Caitlyn ( to share the chaos with.

Sarasota Bloggers

It was great to hear a familiar voice over the loudspeaker this year, as it is the same voice I hear at every Ironman event I have been to.  I am not sure, but I think his name is Mike Reilly.  If I am wrong please leave me a comment and correct me.

I did make a mistake this year which cost me.  I went out with Beth thinking


that I would just have a nice aerobic run and then things changed.

I got caught up in the beautiful views off the bridge and the architecture downtown, which didn’t hold well even though I was comfortable at that point.he energy.

We were about 4 miles in when she says to me, “You can go if you want to.”

” Nah, I would rather just stick with you and do this nice and easy” I replied.

Because our pace was faster than we were planning, she then exclaimed, “It sure looks like you want to.”

Something about that sentence tugged at me a bit, so I told her “ok” and took off.

I should have been a little bit concerned when the next four miles were a consistent 7:50 pace and I still ended up with 9:09 mile after waiting to go to the restroom at mile 8.

Of course at mile 9, things started to get heavy.  I knew I wasn’t in-shape to run that fast, but I did it anyway and it cost me.

What was really embarrassing is getting chicked after mile 11 when I saw the multi-color Lululemon shorts of Beth pass me.

Really?  Seriously?  Did I really slow down that much?

I yelled to her and didn’t receive an answer, which she later told me she decided to negative splits.

I came across at 1:50:39, exhausted.  It was a respectable performance, but not great.  I did keep my average of being in the upper 50% of my competitive age division.bethandI

Lesson re-learned – know thy pace, stay consistent, only commit to negative splits with 5k to go stick to the plan.

It was great to see my buddies Nick & Ben take First Overall in the Relay.

Actually Nick passed on the first bridge as we were going out and he was finishing his leg.  He looked really strong.

relaywinners and me

Have you ever had a race where you made mistakes, even though you consciously knew better ?

Let me know in the comments below.

Carpe Vitam!


Brad Minus

is a certified running coach, triathlon coach, personal trainer and sports nutrition coach who's real passion is to help others enjoy the journey on the way to conquering their goals. He has written many articles and guest posts on the technical, nutritional and psychological aspects of endurance training. He currently lives and trains in Tampa, Florida.

  • Good job Brad! I think most of the mistakes that I make in races are conscious mistakes. My worst half marathon (that stood as a PR for me for a while because I had a lot better in me) had a similar result to this. I started too fast and then couldn’t hold onto that pace that I had decided wasn’t hard for a time period. You’ll run your next race stronger with this in your recent memory. What’s up next? decide on IMLOU?

  • IronGoof says:

    Thanks Meghan. I am taking a little break from triathlon. In the last three years I have done well over 25 triathlons to include 12 halfs and 2 fulls. I am doing my first ITU race in Chicago in June, and setting my sites on the NYC Marathon as my ‘A’ race this year. To train for a marathon is a lot easier with my work and client schedule. It gives me a chance to focus on them instead of me. I am just about at capacity with my clients and just signed my first athlete who has the potential and wants to go to the Olympic trials, so obviously she will be taking some time as well. How about you? What races do you you have on your way to your first Ironman?

  • Beth says:

    You were my rabbit so I appreciate you lettting me chase you! I still think you ran great. I did yell back at you that I couldn’t talk. I was dying. LOL! Always great to run with you B!

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