Monday, March 11, 2013
The Miami Beach 13.1 was my first half a year ago. I had a great run last year, but this year it was even better. The temperature was in my favor for once. Usually I start my races sweating, from the humidity, and that is just waiting around for the gun to go off to start the race. I was in "runner's heaven" on Saturday; the temp was in the high 50's with NO humidity with a slight cool breeze!!!!!
The morning started off a little rough though. I don't know what it is with the 13.1 series half marathons, but I cannot seem to get there on time and there has been gear malfunction at both. I was trying to meet up with a teacher from my son's school before the race. I was on my way and on target to get there on time when the street closures threw me off course and I had to back track and try to approach South Beach from another route. Lost in Downtown Miami and minutes away from start time, 6:13 am, I called my husband in a panic so he could help me find my way. After a few minutes of stressing out, I made my way over to the beach and found a parking spot two blocks away from the start line on the street (lucky, lucky, lucky). I glance at the car clock and notice that it is 6:17; yikes the race has started without me (again). On my warm up run to the start line, I sighed with relief because the race did not start until 6:20.....whew.
Somehow in my mad dash to the start line, I overlooked one major thing (my Garmin). Oh well that was the least of my worries. I had my race #, water bottle, and music; my time would be recorded by the race so no worries. I started off at the back of the pack and for my first mile, I like to take my time and slowly increase my speed by mile 2. Since I did not have my Garmin to constantly look at, I just took in the view and enjoyed my run. I added a few new songs to my phone (love my husband, he bought me the iPhone 5 about a week ago) and boy were they motivators. Thank you Jay Z for making my run so much fun.
Remember I did not have my Garmin so I did not know how fast/slow I was running my miles. I made a mental note of mile one and kept track from there. The miles were flying by. I ran my 10k faster than I have run in a while (59 minutes). I was amazed when I reached the 2:30 pacer and whizzed on by. Caught up with the 2:20 pace and hung with them for a while and decided to keep pushing myself. I even caught up to the 2:10 pacer which meant I had the potential to finish the race around 2:05. I was hanging with the 2:10 pacer for a few minutes when we came upon our 3rd bridge (hills in Miami) and it brought me to a walk. Pretty soon the 2:20 pacer passed me by and I decided to hang with them. I stopped to walk again and I had two ladies encourage me to keep moving because I was their pacer. My feet kept moving slowly over the last bridge.
Yes, it was soooooo nice to run with no humidity. The last 4 miles were tough and I had to slow down to my slow but comfortable "run forever" pace. The course hopped on a path that took us along a marina for two miles and tons of beautiful scenic Miami views. I was too focused to stop and take a picture. Mile 12 put us back on the street and the last water stop before the finish line. I shook my head for the water and kindly asked for the finish line instead. I trotted on nonetheless. I saw the finish line soon and the clock read 2:22:08. Well I knew I had PR'd because I started well after the race did. My official time was 2:17:24!!! Last year time was 2:28. This was a bittersweet finish for me because it was my last half for the season and I was going to collect my Category 3 Storm medal. I earned this medal by running the Ft. Lauderdale 13.1, The ING Miami half, and the Miami Beach 13.1. Now it is picture time!
sand display after the race
another sand display from the race
Ft. Lauderdale 13.1
ING Miami one side
ING Miami the other side of the two sided medal
Miami Beach 13.1
Category 3 Storm
Done. I can take the Storm Series off my bucket list.
Daphne in Miami (Doral)
Monday, February 04, 2013
Lots of things go through my mind when I think about doing strength training.
Hmmm, I know it is good for me, but I just don't want to do it.
Why am I torturing myself with this workout?
So glad I did it. I feel GREAT!
Strength training done! Repeat conversation on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sunday was the ING marathon and half marathon here in Miami. I signed up for this race last year two days after the race for a steal. People fly in from all over the world to run this race. And some like my fellow Miami sparker (MBSHAZZER) use it as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Big congrats to you!!!
Friday I went to the expo to pick up my race packet. I was impressed with the race setup from the expo to the finish line. They send you an email with your race info(name, age, race #...etc). You need to print it out, sign it and show your license to get your #. I didn't stay long at the expo though...I have been fighting a head cold for the past 2 weeks. My nose is stuffy and despite drinking between 8 to 10 cups of water a day I still have "cotton ball" mouth.
Saturday was an errand day as well as getting everything ready for the race. I bought train passes at the expo so I needed to find the closest station to my house. I also organized my race gear in one spot. That included setting my alarm for 3:30 am. I was not going to be late for this race.
I wake up around 2ish and could not get back to sleep. We have an automatic pet fountain for our cat Target that was low on water and it was making an awful noise. Instead of tossing and turning, I went downstairs and read a Kindle book on my iPad until 3:30. Oh yeah, I did not want to repeat my last race day so I pinned on my bib, strapped on all my gear before I got in the car; lesson learned.
I found the metro station with no problem. I missed the first train and while waiting for the next train, I saw a couple I met two years ago at the then Carnaval 8k. She is a Miami sparker. We chatted the whole ride in. There were over 27,000 runners (18,000 for the half) running. Reception was crappy due to everyone trying to phone and text their friends so I never got a chance to meet up with anyone.
This was a first for me running with so many people. Most of my halfs usually cap off at about 3,500 or so. There were corrals A-I, of course A being the elite runners and I for the walkers. It took me about 15 minutes to start and I was not nervous at all....super psyched to be running this race. I love running in downtown Miami. One word.....beautiful.
I was running with a sea of people the entire race. Awwww, it was so cute, one couple was celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The blushing bride ran in a full length wedding gown and her husband in a tux. Yeah I would have taken a picture, but they were ahead of me. I said hello to the military guy again running in his fatigues, a huge American flag, and his backpack with a sign that read "This is for my wife and kids". God bless him. At least it was not super windy and humid on Sunday.
I really enjoyed this race. Around mile 11, the crowd started to thicken up and roar as I ran down the street. I did not have anyone cheering me on yet I still ran and waved as though I did. I finished in 2:31. As I was winding through the finisher's chute, I ran into someone I knew from BGR (Black Girls Run). One of the ladies, (M3NOMOFAT) introduced me to the group. I do not get the opportunity to train with them because I live so far southwest, but it is always a pleasure to meet everyone at races.
Not sure if I am going to run this race again next year. The Key West half is another race on my bucket list. It is the weekend before the ING. Hmmmmm..... I could run them both.
Thanks for hanging in there for this long blog.
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