ING Miami Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Miami, Florida
United States
PR Racing Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 35m 48s
Overall Rank = 170/6262
Age Group = 35 - 39
Age Group Rank = 27/581
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30AM, packed my stuff and headed to the Grove to meet Billy, Ivanka and J. I left my car there and piled into Bill's ride to pick up Rafa, Jocy and R2ro. We got to downtown Miami around 5:00AM and found a prime parking spot amongst the chaos of closed or blocked streets because of the big race.
Alfred & Ramiro met us at our spot. We all got ready and headed towards the finish line to check-in our dry bags. We then proceeded to the start line about 5 blocks north of the finish. This was when the sky opened up and rained hard for the next 45 minutes or so. We all said our 'good lucks' and headed to our line up places.
I lined up with Alfred towards the front. We just stood in the hard pouring rain for about 20 minutes until the race started. We chatted with some of the other club members around us. I saw JC who was doing th full and Linda W. doing the half.
Event warmup:

Just walked to the start line. That's it!
  • 1h 35m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

We got started right on time, 6:10AM. The rain was still falling but easing up. By the time we got over the MacArthur bridge heading to the beach, the rain had stopped. I felt pretty good once we got going. The cool and wet weather were making me feel like not running.
At mile 4, I got to South Beach feeling good and holding a steady pace. At the 10K mark, everything was still on track to break the 1:38:30, or 7:30/mile, but my pace had slipped a little bit. My legs were starting to feel heavy. I think it may have to do with the wet shoes on my feet. As I passed the 8 mile mark, heading west back to downtown, the wind started up. The pace was slipping a little bit more. At this point, I knew that I had to at least keep a 7:20 pace overall in order to have a great race. So, I started to run scared. I crossed the last bridge back into downtown. The crowds were there to cheer all the runner back into town and this seemed to be a good distraction. Then, mile 11 to 12 was the toughest. I knew I had only about 15 minutes left for this race to be over. This was the part in the race where keeping it together was critical. Once I hit mile 12, it didn't get easier but just seeing and hearing the finish line (you have to pass the finish line for another half mile and loop back) helped a bunch. With half a mile to go, I started doing the math and figured my PR of 1:38:30 was history. Yippee!
I would shortly cross the finish line with at 1:35:47! The bar has been raised.
What would you do differently?:

Probably not run so hard the day before the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out at the finish line waiting for the rest of the gang to finish. Little by little everyone came in with a smile on their face and a story to tell. We all hung around eating and enjoying the accomplishment.
We celebrated the end of our off-season with a good, fun race and the beginning of a new tri season for us.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably the rain & wind.

Event comments:

PR Racing did an amazing & fantastic job in hosting this complex event filled weekend. Robert, Frankie and crew outdid themselves again. Classy, fun & exciting.

See you next year!

Last updated: 2006-11-09 12:00 AM
01:35:48 | 13.1 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/581
Overall: 0/6262
Performance: Good
Course: Loop from downtown Miami to South Beach and back around.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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