ING Miami Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Miami, Florida
United States
PR Racing Inc.
54F / 12C
Total Time = 2h 21m 48s
Overall Rank = 7788/12861
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 852/1113
Pre-race routine:

Woke up a little after 4am. ate a bowl of oatmeal, half a bagel, and a banana. got ready and left hotel at 4:45 for MetroMover. Wore sweatshirt and sweatpants over running clothes due to somewhat cooler temps (52). Took train to finish line, looked around. Drank Gatorade G1 about an hour before start. Took off sweats and turned in gear bag about 5:30, and began warmup.
Event warmup:

Jogged a mile. Hit porta-potty.
  • 2h 21m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile

My plan was to run with the 2:10 pace group, with the hopes that keeping a steady, somewhat slower starting pace, would allow me to maintain for the entire distance. I had to rely on my Garmin pace for the first 3 miles since the girl who led the pace group got into the corral late and was a little bit behind me. Surprisingly I did a GREAT job of running my goal pace of 9:55. It was rather effortless, it's like my legs just knew how fast to go. It did help when the pacer finally caught up to me. I think she was going a little fast when she passed me but must have slowed a bit because even running with the group I was maintaining the same pace. Didn't drink at the first water station at 3 mi, and held off to mi 4. Reasoning is that I don't drink while running an hour or less, so why cause unnecessary bloat. I did have to pee though, even though I went right before the start. Decided to just push though it hoping the feeling would pass. Up until the halfway point, I did a great job maintaining pace and staying close to the pacer. Ate one of my Gu's at the 6 mi water stop. She got a little ahead at the 6.67mi point and I decided I HAD to hit the porta-potty. Garmin says about a minute delay. Not too bad. Coming out I could see her sign down the road but too far to catch up to. I managed to maintain my pace for the next mile or two but then the tank started emptying. My pace got progressively slower as the miles passed. I tried to push on when I could but near the end I just didn't have any more to give. I am happy though that the only places that I walked were very brief walks to drink water the second half, as opposed to my 2 prior HMs where I walked a bunch. That is a little victory in itself. My goal time was ~2:10, with a more realistic 2:15 on the radar. Crossed the line at 2:21:48. Oh well, I'll get it next time!
What would you do differently?:

Run more long runs, run some bridges, lose weight! My longest leading up was 11 mi 2 wks prior, skipped the scheduled 12 mi last wk. Followed the Hal Higdon Intermediate HM program which was pretty good, I just need more of a base. Running a few bridges would have gotten me up them a little faster, but overall I'm pretty happy with how I handled them. They say losing a lb gains you 2 seconds. Since I'm about 20 lbs heavier than I should be, that would have put me at the 10 min mark and I should've met my goal time, in addition to the better fitness I should've had.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around, stretch calves, eat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of overall fitness.

Event comments:

Great race, will definitely do again next year!

Last updated: 2010-10-29 12:00 AM
02:21:48 | 13.1 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 852/1113
Overall: 1113/12861
Lap Data Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 10m 08s 1.00 miles 10m 08s /mile 158 167 2 09m 39s 1.00 miles 09m 39s /mile 162 165 3 09m 58s 1.00 miles 09m 58s /mile 163 166 4 09m 55s 1.00 miles 09m 55s /mile 164 169 5 09m 40s 1.00 miles 09m 40s /mile 165 167 6 10m 00s 1.00 miles 10m /mile 163 166 7 10m 34s 1.00 miles 10m 34s /mile 159 164 8 10m 14s 1.00 miles 10m 14s /mile 160 163 9 10m 51s 1.00 miles 10m 51s /mile 155 160 10 11m 26s 1.00 miles 11m 26s /mile 151 157 11 12m 35s 1.00 miles 12m 35s /mile 149 154 12 11m 41s 1.00 miles 11m 41s /mile 153 157 13 12m 30s 1.00 miles 12m 30s /mile 149 153 14 02m 41s 0.24 miles 11m 21s /mile 152 155
Course: Same course as last year. Great course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5