ING Miami Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Miami, Florida
United States
PR Racing Inc.
Total Time = 2h 19m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 26
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I guess going out on Lincoln Road for dinner til 10 p.m. was a bad idea the night before. Ate WAY too much pizza- it kept coming up if you know what I mean - all throughout the night and into the morning. Even prevented me from eating breakfast. :(
Event warmup:

Also, got to the race site WAY too early. Was there probably 1:45 before race time. Lots of sitting around being chilly (yes it was chilly at 4 a.m. in Miami!)

Played with my new Garmin 405 and figured out how to record mile splits. Just watched the crowd. 15,000 people...amazing.
  • 2h 19m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 37s  min/mile

Besides the painful run I had, and I do mean painful - knees started to hurt, back hurt from bad form, wore too much clothing and got really hot, didn't take any gels on the course (see pizza repeating on me from earlier paragraph).

I knew 3 miles into the run it was going to be a tough day. Thought about quitting, but figured if I could just keep moving forward, I'd be ok.
What would you do differently?:

1. Not workout the day before the race. I got my parents out of the house and walk/jog for 40 minutes. Probably not good to tire my legs out
2. Not walk around the expo and Lincoln Road a lot the night before. See tired legs.
3. Not scarf down a huge margharita was good at the time, but it was way too much food and it made me feel sick the next morning
4. I had vertigo/dizziness the week prior to the race, and also pain in my calves for several weeks leading up to the race. Thus, my long runs were limited. I was definitely undertrained
5. Get to the race site later. I was too worried about being late and wound up being there way early.
6. Wear a tank top and shorts so I was cooler. Ditch the sunglasses and hat. With a race start of 6 a.m., ya don't need 'em.
7. Drink more. Walk less. Eat a gel.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, gatorade, banana, fig newton, gear check pickup, shuttle back to Miami Beach Convention Center to pick up my car, back to friend's house to shower, drive north to Boca Raton to my parents.

Event comments:

All in all, even though my time sucked, I had a great time. I was so happy to be back in FL that I just focused on all the pretty hotels and the ocean when I was feeling like crap, running.

The post-race food sucked. Expo kinda sucked. The medal was cool though. I'd probably do the race again, but I doubt it.

Last updated: 2009-01-27 12:00 AM
02:19:00 | 13.1 miles | 10m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Over the causeway, through Miami Beach (Ocean Drive), back over causeway.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4