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They started the race without me.....yikes!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I don't understand what happened because I woke up early enough to make it on time. Everything was laid out last night and the Nano and Garmin charged. I placed the safety pins in my bib, socks stuffed in shoes and flip flops placed in my bag for after the race. This was the best part of my morning....getting ready for the race.

I had planned on leaving the house at 5:30, but somehow I lost track of time and I did not leave until 5:45. I go out my back gate to hop on Doral Blvd. to head east for the highway. There was a really bad accident (the police blocked off all lanes on Doral Blvd.) because a car crashed into one of the twenty feet palm trees. My neighborhood consists of gated communities that block off five to ten streets at a time. I drove five blocks and then had to do a u turn and double back to my street. I don't think the person made it because the police only blocked off traffic in both directions and I did not see anyone near the car assisting.

I finally make it to the highway and drive northeast towards Ft. Lauderdale from Miami. I make good time driving to the race. I took advantage of the traffic lights to put on my socks and shoes. I found a parking garage fairly easy and park. For this garage you had to pull into a parking spot, and pay before you leave the garage...it took me two tries before I paid. I walked halfway to the machine and realized I did not know my parking space number. The second time I forgot my money. By the time I raced back to the car to display my ticket in the window, I hear runners below running by which means the race has started....yikes.

Bib in hand (not pinned on yet), Garmin in hand (not on my wrist), hat in hand (not on my head), and Nano in hand (not on my wrist) I dash down the stairs and run in the opposite direction of the runners to get to the starting line. Oh I was a sight to see, I'm sure. I stop in front of the first band, a Cuban band, to pin and strap on my gear. I usually do all this at home...in the future I will continue to do so. I race to the start to cross the mat and play catchup. The second band, next to my parking garage, cheered me on big time. They ran towards me to play (it was a high school marching band), and they ran with me while continuing to play; I felt special! A few minutes later I ran down a tunnel and then up a very deep tunnel. This time I was prepared for "hills"; i included hills, okay bridges, in my training this time around. I caught up with the last runners and soon passed the 3 hour pacer. Now I feel like I am part of a race. Shortly after I pass the 2:45 pacer.

I felt lost during the race because my Garmin took forever to power up, I started off too fast, and I was not running with my ideal pacers. I was not impressed with the course. There were a lot of turns in the beginning, I did not mind that at all. I am not a big fan of turn around courses. Now I get to see what I just ran, but in the opposite direction. Boring. Although we did run along the beach and saw the ocean from mile 4 until the end.

I knew this would not be a PR race, but I feel I would have done a little better if I had started on time. I also used up too much energy in the beginning of the race having fun with the marching band and also a little later using my hand held water bottle as a pretend microphone with another band. I was not going to let my late start put me in a "Daphne downer" mood for my race; I trained too hard the past 10 weeks to do that. All in all, it was a good race. I finished in 2:35. Yay...go me. This is the first of my Category 3 races( I have to run the Ft. Lauderdale 13.1, ING Miami half, and the Miami Beach 13.1) to qualify for my extra medal. And I plan to add one more race in February to qualify for the Half Fanatics club.

One more story and then I am done. Oh yeah, this race started in one location and finished three miles away; I don't like this. We had to get shuttled back to our cars. I had a nice chat on the bus with another runner. When we got off the bus, we continued to talk as we walked back to the parking garages. Everyone was walking around in circles looking for the garages, including myself. My "city girl" radar kicked in. I do not remember the street I turned on (that would have been too easy) but I did remember my parking garage had a tunnel for the cars on the street to drive through....remember this is where I ran onto the street to run back towards the starting line and where the marching band ran with me after I was officially in the race. That was my landmark to find....and I did!!! Whew, now I can go home. What an experience.

Thanks for hanging in there to read my long race report.

Daphne

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/25/2012 6:44PM

    Daphne! What a story... I love the idea of a first of 3 ... this must me a great source of motivation! Would love to have something like this in my neighbourhood!
You can do it! ... (and can't wait to read about it - long or not! It is a great source of inspiration and motivation to have emoticon like you... )
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CRYSBROWN1 11/19/2012 11:59AM

    Considering how you started off, I would have to say that you rebounded very well!

Congratulations on your half marathon finish!!!

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WILEE323 11/16/2012 12:06PM

    Sometimes you just have to laugh - even if it is at yourself!! Congrats on a great race regardless!!

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-PAULA 11/12/2012 12:56PM

    Sorry you missed the start but congratulations on a great finish!

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MBSHAZZER 11/12/2012 9:58AM

    Daphne, what an exciting race!!! It is my nightmare to miss a race start, but you know what? Your time doesn't start till you cross the starting line, so it really doesn't matter anyway! I love that you got a marching band escort across the start!

I was LOL at the parking as well. The first time I ran the ING Miami, it took me longer to find my car than to run the race!!!

I am going for a Category 3 medal as well - hope it's worth it! :D

Congrats on an awesome finish despite the rough start!

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KKKAREN 11/12/2012 9:08AM

    You might of started late and off kilter but you finished in grand style. You are special Daphne!!!

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MIRAGE727 11/12/2012 8:32AM

    Whoa! A runner's nightmare! And you came out of it swinging!
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MAGGIE101857 11/12/2012 6:32AM

    You rocked it despite everything! Great job!!! emoticon

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BOILHAM 11/12/2012 6:26AM

    This story is so cool. I love adversity because you always have a great story to tell after you've overcome. You will be telling this story for years! Way to stay focused, and find the good in the race. You did great. So proud of you!
While I am here, thanks for commenting on my blog today. I had no idea that there were so many timing errors were made on these big races. Live and learn!


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JBEST73 11/11/2012 8:38PM

    Oh no. I'm proud that you made it and finished. I love hearing all of the Miami landmarks. My old stomping ground. Yay Daphne.

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PMRUNNER 11/11/2012 8:15PM

    Oh no! What a race! I am sure it was stressful, but it is one to laugh about later! Though it sounds like you took it in stride, anyway.

It is easy to be on your game when everything is going your way, it really shows what you are made of when the poo hits the fan though! Hope things go smoother next time!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/11/2012 7:55PM

    Wow, sprinting to the start of a half-marathon and still being able to have fun with the bands?? You've got alot of positive energy! Sounds like a crazy race for ya but congratulations on overcoming all the obstacles to finish!
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MASRITE 11/11/2012 7:47PM

    What a way to start off a race, running to catch up!! But, hey, you did it. Kudos to you on finishing another emoticon . You did great on your time, too!!

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FITWITHIN 11/11/2012 7:42PM

    Congratulations on your emoticon . Kudos, to you for still participating in the race after getting there late, because some people would have, throw in the towel, and called it quits.

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LUVLYLORELEI 11/11/2012 7:36PM

    I'm impressed that you continued to join the race after it started. That's awesome! emoticon emoticon

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YOBOELI 11/11/2012 7:36PM

    That is great that you didn't let you get down and you ran your race. Good for you that is so great. Keep training and going for better you can do it. Good Luck

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NANCYPAT1 11/11/2012 7:32PM

    Sorry there was so much drama today - glad you finished the race despite the chaos along your journey there.

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