ING Miami Half Marathon - Run

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Miami, Florida
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 06m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-35
Age Group Rank = 6/409
Pre-race routine:

coffee, bagel and gatorade endurance (something in this combination killed my stomach and caused major GI issues!)
Event warmup:

active stretch, light jog and pickups
  • 1h 24m 42s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 28s  min/mile

I had a great race in terms of the result when I consider the low amount of running I've been doing due to my injuries issues and the GI issues I had throughout the race. The course itself was beautiful and the weather was perfect. I started the race at the back of the field because I was totally distracted debating whether I should use the portajohn one more time or not. Anyway, the first 2 miles were VERY busy and I had to zig zag back and forward to pass people. At around mile 2 I settled into a pace but then my GI started after I took some Gatorade at the water station and it was very concentrated. At that moment I knew that the only way to feel a bit better was to stop and "go", but setting the GI issue aside I was feeling awesome with my run. I could feel myself running effortlessly and my HR was at high zone 2 and I was running 6:30 pace! Anyway I decided to stop at the next available portajohn. By mile 4 I saw some portable bathrooms but my run was going great so I kept going. I decided to go without Gatorade or water and just cool down pouring water on y head. Passing the 10K my pace was great and I figured I could run a sub 1:25 keeping the same pace. The second part was VERY challenging cuz I needed to go SO BAD ;) I just focused on one mile at a time and I was repeating to myself: "The faster you run the faster you can use a bathroom" LOL!. I did that and by mile 11, I was scared I was going to "go" while running, but there was more people cheering as we got closer to the city so that helped me to forget about my issue for a bit. By mile 12 I just ran as fast as I could and I was able to run a 5:30 mile! I finished the race, got rid of my chip and ran to the bathroom! :)
What would you do differently?:

use a portajohn b4 the race as many times as necessary. NEVER combine a bagel with gatorade endurance at 4:00 AM
Post race
Warm down:

walked/jog light 10 min and ate pancakes 20 minutes later, yummy!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was also affraid I was going to crash ugly as my running volume is been very low (Nov 18+ miles, Dec 30+ miles and Jan 50+ miles) and my longest run in 2 months is been 7-8 miles at an easy E2 pace

Event comments:

I loved the race...the GI issues helped me a lot for mental training for the future. Next time -> sub 1:20 ;)

Last updated: 2006-01-30 12:00 AM
01:24:42 | 13.1 miles | 06m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/409
Overall: 409/
Performance: Good
1/2 Miami Marathon new PR AG 30-35 place 6th/409 time at 10K -> 41:39 min - 6:50 pace second half (7miles) -> 43:03 - 6:09 pace Net pace -> 6:28 HR avg 168, Max HR 199
Course: FFF -> Flat, fast and fun
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5