Big hello on this Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start! Only 125 days until Memorial Day, my official start to summer. I don’t go by the summer solstice! :)
Today’s post will be a quick recap of the Miami half marathon and our weekend down in the sunshine state.
The race on Sunday was one to remember- not only for the record-breaking cold temperatures in Miami that morning, but I was very happy to run a PR (1:40)!
The race started at 6am for both half and full marathon. When I ran the marathon in 2012, I appreciated the early timing of the race given the heat (it was 70 degrees at the start that year!). But this year, the course only warmed up slightly after the sun rose at around 7am. Temperatures overall were warmer than home (Boston), so I am not complaining, but 40 degrees and windy feels cold for anyone!
Mark and I were in different corrals, so I started a few minutes ahead of him. Just after 6, we were off! The course started on the Miami mainland at the stadium where Miami Heat plays. We then crossed over a causeway by Star Island (I didn’t spot any celebs at this early hour), then up Miami beach along ocean drive, and crossed back to the mainland close to where we started. It was a very scenic course to say the least!
This is the first time I followed a race strategy for a half. I typically treat halfs as training runs for a full marathon and don’t think much about the race itself, which is fine in some cases. But it was fun planning a race strategy with my coaches for the Miami half. I know that having this plan significantly helped me run my PR. I was very happy to run a negative split, running the first 10k @7:49 minute miles, finishing the race @7:42 minute miles.
I followed the plan as closely as possible, which included:
- Maintaining an average planned goal of roughly 7:45/mile pace, so starting out closer to 7:50-8:00/mile (even though this will feel slow, especially on flat ground).
- Maintain that pace for the first two miles before pushing closer to 7:45/mile through at least Mile 7.
- After Mile 7, I could gradually start to speed up, pushing closer to 7:30/mile and, finally, for the last 5K or so, going for it and pushing with whatever I had left.
- Miami half was a flat course with the exception of three “inclines” (bridges), so I was able to quickly lock into a solid pace and maintain it for most of the course. I kept reminding myself to not to start out too quickly! I need to continue to remind myself this at Phoenix Marathon.
My pre-race meal included: most of a bagel with PB& banana, and I had one GU during the race around mile 7. I drank water at all stations except for mile 4 where I grabbed Gatorade accidently. If I am eating GUs along the course, I typically only stick to water. Usually I’d have two GUs total, but did not feel like I needed a second one during this race.
I listened to a variety of top 40 and 80s hits which kept me going, but turned off the tunes close to the finish line to hear the announcer, etc. I enjoyed finishing without music and have to remind myself to turn off the tunes at the next race!
Since the race started so early, I was back at the bag check just after 8am, and met Mark soon after. We had the rest of the day to relax, get some delicious food and drinks over brunch at the beach, explore the area, and watch the Pats sadly lose to the Broncos. Not sure if I will be watching the super bowl after that! It was fun to watch the game at an outdoor pub, and luckily we weren’t the only Pats fans in the house!
Miami has finally warmed up, and we are off to the beach in a bit. Back to reality tomorrow. Enjoy your day!!
Daylight and sunset@South Beach this weekend
How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen?
Tell me about your last PR!
When you race, do you follow a race strategy or do you usually just go by feel?