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Gasparilla Marathon, qualifies me for Boston!

Posted by TriFitRacing on May 26, 2010 8:43:08 AM

Jonathan Hinkle marathon results

Gasparilla Tampa Feb 2010

I finished the Gasparilla Marathon with only seconds to spare to make the Boston Marathon time cut off. I needed a 3:15:00 finish for the 35 to 39 age group. My finish-line sprint put me in at 3:14:57!

It was a cool Tampa morning at the start and I did not know if I had a 3:15 finish in me. I followed my pacing splits and at 2:15:00 I knew it was within my reach. I had already decided not to chase Boston and this was my shot at it.

You can see from my Suunto log I was pushing the edge of my zone 2, peaking on my finish line dash.

Suunto t6c training log

I want to thank fellow run David Steehler from Fort Lauderdale. We found ourselves running the same pace. After sharing 15 miles I found out David had already qualified for Boston and was using the Garparilla as a training race to get ready. We ran the Gasparilla together and will out his encouragement I would not have made the 3:15 cutoff.

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