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.