Whenever I write a race recap I usually focus on one or two specific things…. usually my finishing time and how I felt at the finish.
At the Miami Half so many good things happened and I just wanted to write them all down in one place. This post is all about the things that I might have forgotten to write about or simply glossed over in my race recap.
1. The weather was perfect. You really can’t beat running in 50 degrees and sunny! I am now a firm believe in “PR Weather” because it felt so easy to run in these conditions.
2. The course was mostly flat with a few small inclines. You start off mile 1 with a fairly large bridge and then there are a couple of other smaller ones sporadically throughout the course.
I actually enjoyed these slight ups and downs, they kept things interesting without adding too much extra work.
3. The race was point-to-point which is really nice. I’m used to doing loops on my training runs, and I don’t mind them at all but point-to-point keeps things extra interesting.
4. There weren’t many photo opportunities before mile 8. That’s unfortunate since I tend to look my best during mile 1 (Captain Obvious) and a bit like a confused mess right before the finish!
5. The race has an elite (and sub-elite) division. From my corral I had a great view of the starting line and got to watch the elites race off which was really cool! The top male finished the full marathon in a blazing 2:20 and the top female finished the full in super fast 2:39.
6. I was surprised that we couldn’t see Miami Beach (the actual beach) from the course. In Fort Lauderdale you have a great view of the beach from along A1A and that wasn’t really the case during in Miami. I still saw plenty of beautiful crystal clear water while running over the bridges but no sand.
7. An awesome playlist will do wonders for you! As I was climbing into bed the night before the race I realized I left my earbuds at home. While I was sleeping Adam found a store that sells earbuds and had them waiting for me next to my Garmin in the morning!
I’m soooooo grateful because I had a perfect selection of upbeat songs for this race. Don’t by Ed Shereen powered me to a PR!
8. Did I mention I PR’d?! There’s nothing like coming around the corner and sprinting down the finisher’s shoot with lots of people cheering you on! Normally by the time I finish a half marathon the crowds have already thinned, but because the full marathoners were still out on the course there were lots of people hanging around the finishing line and I loved soaking in the cheers!
9. My corral didn’t start for almost an hour after the race began. Having to wait for so long was definitely a bummer, especially because I was freeeeeezing and really needed to start moving to warm up a bit! The anticipation did make for a really great first mile!
10. I am looking forward to running this one again. I’m going to run it again next year and I hope to PR again (don’t we all?)! I’m excited that I’ll be familiar with the course next time around and can definitely picture another great race going down in Miami!
The A1A Half Marathon will be here in no time at all and then after that I have ZERO races on the schedule until the Chicago Marathon in October!
I’m simultaneously excited about running the A1A Half and also getting back into a normal training groove where I don’t have to worry about race day prep or post-race recovery for a while!
Do you prefer point-to-point races or loops?
When is your next race?