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My 5th half - Miami Beach 13.1

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)
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ELIZACG9 7/14/2013 3:33PM

    emoticon I did a 5K yesterday and it is hot here in Texas, but I had to do it and, I feel better about myself.....I wanted to run but, walked most of the way.
Like you I did it and feel proud of my self even though I wanted to run.. You on the other hand are amazing! Way to go!!! emoticon

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    Woohoo! Congrats! That sounds like a great series and a nice accomplishment. You look super! I am registering for my first half and your blog is very inspiring, thank you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/22/2013 11:19AM

    Great blog, great pictures, great race!

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ZOEYBLU 3/21/2013 10:55AM

    What a great day ! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 3/15/2013 12:39PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on a GREAT finish!!! I am glad that all of the stars aligned to give you picture perfect weather so that you could enjoy your race experience and a PR!

That is some serious bling you have there...LOVE it!

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WILEE323 3/14/2013 10:28AM

    Nice bling! Congrats on your fantastic accomplishment!

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PMRUNNER 3/13/2013 9:40AM

    Way to go! What a great run! I am glad your lack of Garmin didn't throw you off too much (it sounds like the pacers helped keep you on track though!)

What's next?
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MASRITE 3/13/2013 12:38AM

    Great race you had. Why is it while reading about your race, I think to myself, I can so do this again, but, I don't?? You made it sound so easy. Loved seeing all your medals. Display them all. You earned them!!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/12/2013 12:24AM

    emoticon despite the minor trials, it's clear that you ran a terrific race...the PR is the proof!! More than that, you've had quite a season--the bling tells quite a story of effort and achievement. I'm not sure what a "Category 3 Storm" medal is, but you've earned my admiration!!

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MIRAGE727 3/11/2013 10:30PM


I have a rule that I'm always at the race 1 1/2 hours before the race. I know where I'm going, I usually find a good parking space, I take care of all my pre-race rituals, I take photos, and I'm relaxed when the starting air horn sounds. That's how D & I do it! Just sayin'

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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/11/2013 9:29PM

    Are you a member of 50 State Half Marathon Club? We have two goal ... Half Marathons in 50 states (DC is a bonus) half marathons or more or 100 Half marathons (nothing over 13.1).

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TRUE-NESS 3/11/2013 7:03PM

    Wow, Daphne!!! Congratulations on an outstanding series!!!
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-PAULA 3/11/2013 7:03PM

    Congratulations, Daphne, on your finish and on your PR! Great job. Last half of the season? You're all trained up now! Love the pics!

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BOILHAM 3/11/2013 6:26PM

    Great job, Daphne. You did awesome, new PR and new bling too! Congratulations!!!

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ONMYMEDS 3/11/2013 5:54PM

    Wow!! Awesome!! GREAT job!!

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MBSHAZZER 3/11/2013 5:45PM

    WHOHOOO!!!! Amazing! Fantastic job, fantastic race report, fantastic all around! So proud of you!!!

I think running without the Garmin might have been good for you - without that outside reminder, you kind of find your own pace, you know?

Anyway, congrats on a great PR! Enjoy your recovery!

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