RNR Miami and new training plan

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The decision to run the Miami Latin Music RNR half was a last minute kind of thing.
Suezette was kind enough to offer me space in her room and a ride to Miami from her house!
I hit the road a little late Saturday after working a local 5k for my track club and watching my boys in the Christmas parade. I made it to Suezette's house around 12:30 and we hit the road soon there after. Once we got to Miami we hit the expo where we met up with Sharon and Dana, picked up our packets, had some pizza and headed to check in.
Out hotel was quite strange. There were glass walls from the room to the bathroom, the hallways were blue with dark blue lighting, the lobby had some half of a face table, and a plastic thrown.

There was little sleep that night due to the horns honking, and people talking so needless to say, 5:15 came early. We all got up and ready but missed the HF/MM picture but no biggie.
I got to corral 5 and piled in. It was a small race for a RNR event but I was happy with that. I don't really like the larger runs so much. Suezette and I snapped a pic before the race.

The race started pretty much on time and we were off. My legs felt like lead from the get go. Suezette stayed with me until mile 6ish when my hamstring started bothering me to the point that I needed to walk more and couldn't keep pace. A few miles later I backed down to 1:1 and my hamstring was screaming. I stopped to stretch it about every half a mile or so and my legs were so heavy! I snapped this picture around mile 10 or so when I saw another rain cloud coming to cool us off. We got rained on around mile 5/6 too!

I struggled to even keep 1:1's after this point but knew that there were only a few miles left and I was done! The finish line was on the beach and was pretty cool! I finished in 2:48:25.

Not my best, but not my worst either so I will take it!
The finishers medal:

The after party featured Pitbull and was amazing!! He is 1, HOT, 2, a fantastic performer and 3, Hot! LOL!

It was also to know that Kara Goucher was there and I saw her on stage! She is my running IDOL!!

My new training plan with my running coach starts this week and I am excited and nervous all at once!!
I am excited to have such an accomplished runner help me with my training one on one but afraid to injure my self or start to hate running.
I have some lofty goals for my self. Some short term and some long term and I know that the only way I will see results is if I make some changes. I get that. I just don't want to hate running!

I had my first run today and it went great!
1 mile warm up, two miles of interval pick ups then a one mile warm down. I did 4 miles in 44:43 so not too bad for day one!

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    Despite the hamstring and heavy legs, it sounds like you're off to a great training season. I had a hamstring injury- it sucked, so all I could think of was "ouch"
    3156 days ago
    Wow! Looks like a fantastic time!! I love the medal.....and Pitbull emoticon
    3156 days ago
    Sounds like RnR Miami was a lot of fun, in spite of the hamstring issues (hope they get better soon!) I heard some great reviews of that race! Best of luck with your new training plan.
    3157 days ago
    You my dear are awesome....Don't you forget it!!!
    3157 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan in place! Hope your hamstring is better and look forward to hearing about your training!
    3157 days ago
    Congratulations on a new medal and a fun race! Even if you did have hamstring issues and walked more than you wanted to, you had fun, got to hang out with friends, earned new bling, and got to expericence that hotel... That was worth the trip by itself. LOL

    I am so excited for you with your new training plan! You are going to do great! And if anything, I think you will love running more and more.. because you'll start seeing improved times and it will make you MORE motivated!
    3157 days ago
    Wow, great time for being on 1:1s for part of the race -- for real!

    Still jealous :)
    3158 days ago
    Good blog.
    But I was with you till just over 8 miles.
    I like your new training plan.
    You are going to do fantastic!
    3158 days ago
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    I didn't hear you had hamstring issues!!!! How is it now???

    3158 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Sueann, first of all what a great HM for you even if it was last minute. I have some pretty lofty goals for myself in 2013 and like you, nervous about injury or burn out. The way I look at it though...what if we had never tried? Best wishes in attaining those goals!

    3158 days ago
    Sueann, it was SO great to hang out with you again! I'm sorry your body didnt want to cooperate, but at least it wasn't as hot / humid as your other Miami races. How did you get a finish line pic already??

    Your new training plan sounds like it's starting off GREAT!
    3158 days ago
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