10 Memorable Things About My Last Race

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.

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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.

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I actually enjoyed these slight ups and downs, they kept things interesting without adding too much extra work.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

28 comments

  1. Heather @ GirlGoesRunning

    This is a great idea for a race memory post! I love your running skirt!!! Matt and I would like to go back to Miami to do the race. I can actually remember the bridge at the beginning. I remember it because I was already sweating from humidity, lol. Great job once again on your shiny new PR!!!!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha you should have been here for this year’s race! The humidity was under control for once!

      I hope you and Matt come do it again sometime!

  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I hate it when they only have photographers later in the race, but I feel like thats how it is in most races! That course elevation looks awesome:)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yeah, I think you’re right about that re: the photographers come to think of it. I’ve never really considered that before, but this year there was a map that showed where all the photographers would be and I couldn’t help but notice that they were almost all between miles 8 and the finish!

      Haha the course elevation was very friendly! 🙂

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I hate waiting as well. The only race I have ever done that had corrals (that you HAD to be in correctly) was Boston. But the wait at Boston went pretty fast. I mean, by the time you wait in line for the port o john, there goes an hour, haha! The longer I have to wait for a race, the more I have to pee. I hate that. I want to go to the bathroom and then just START running. They should do a race where you can show up anytime between a one hour time period and just start when you want. Chip timing, of course. But then you can prepare the way you wish. Hey maybe I should direct that race!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      YESSSSS the longer I have to wait the more I have to pee too! It must be science!

      I was in the corral for 2 hours and I swear I ended up walking to the port-o-potties like five times! It was ridiculous! Also it was warm inside the port-o-potties so that made them kind of appealing in a gross way!

  4. cheryl

    I think I like loop races, where you don’t have to worry about being bused to the start etc. It makes parking so much easier.
    I can’t imagine the heat and humidity you usually run in! 50*–I bet you were kicking up rainbows in that temperature!
    That is awesome that you got to see the elites take off. I just can’t wrap my minds around their speed…
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I haven’t been in a race where I’ve needed to be bused to the start, that does sound like a pain.

      This race was nice because it was point-to-point but the start and finish were very close to each other. It was like going in a giant circle!

  5. Jess

    Love this recap! (And now I’m really looking forward to Miami!) I’ve never run a true point-to-point race before but it really appeals to me. Out-and-back races can be tough for me, but I do like the encouragement from faster runners as they’re rounding back too.

    I feel like I’ve been training for Run the Bluegrass for an eternity, but I think it will be a fun race! I’m absolutely terrified of the elevation though. They provided a map with treadmill incline equivalencies and there are sections where it’s like 8% elevation, eek!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      8% elevation!!! Dang! What is your training route like? I bet it incorporates hills pretty naturally.

      Miami will feel super flat in comparison to Bluegrass!

      1. Jess

        Well, unfortunately Columbus isn’t that hilly…actually, very little of the Midwest is :-/ I need to do more hill training but I’m not looking at this as a PR race my any means.

        Can’t wait for Miami!
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  6. Lizzy

    Wow, that elevation profile is great! I love that they warn you about bridges instead of hills. This post is really fun, I like the additional fun memories beyond the standard recap.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I think this race had the highest total elevation gain of any race I’ve done in South Florida! And that is exactly why Portland killed me even though it’s described as “flat” haha. It’s definitely not Florida Flat!

  7. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    OMG, Adam is such a doll for doing that. You look so happy at the finish line, you da booooomb!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      He’s the best! I’m gonna hang on to him 🙂

  8. Kim

    I’m pretty OK with loop races – especially if it is a long race!!! I don’t have much problem getting bored with a monotonous run:)
    Great job on that PR – can’t wait to see how your next race is!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I can see how loops would be nice for long races … I know I like doing loops on my long-long runs. It’s nice to have a visual indicator that you’ve reached the halfway point and are on the backend of the run!

  9. Courtney!

    Congrats on the PR!
    I don’t really mind point to point or out and back… anything but a looped course!! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂

      I seriously have so much admiration for people who do multiple loops of the same course. I’ve done multiple loops to get in a long-long run before and it was rough by the end!

  10. Hanna

    Awww Adam is so sweet!

    I’m running a 5K next weekend, but my next *real* race is half marathon #5 on April 4th. I keep forgetting how SOON that really is (2 months from today!), so I need to stop slacking and get my butt in gear!

    Point to point courses are my fave, but I think out-and-back has its advantages too. There’s something to be said about going back over familiar terrain and knowing what lies ahead. I do most of my runs as out-and-backs, and I always get a surge of power at the turnaround – there’s just something about knowing I’m half way done and running TOWARD the finish instead of AWAY from it! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahahah a 5K IS a real race! A real HARD race!

      Please, my next half is feb 15th so I REALLY need to get my butt in gear!

      I completely agree about the out and back course. I love feeling like I’m in the final stretch!

  11. Helly

    LOVE your finish photo!!!! Like, super love 🙂
    And that was super sweet of Adam! He’s a keeper!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you 🙂

      Adam’s alright, I’ll keep him around! haha

  12. Amy

    I love point to point courses! I hate the long waiting time for buses (usually) but I love going to a new destination. It helps me feel like I am progressing.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I was just thinking I’ve never had to wait for a bus at a race before, but that’s not really true. At the Princess Half in Disney I took a bus from my resort to the starting area (and then back)! I think that counts!

  13. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I sooo agree that weather has a HUGE impact on our races! I swear hot weather and sun are my Kryptonite. I’ve had to work hard to overcome it. I’m so glad you had such a good race.
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  14. Jennifer

    Catching up on posts, nice list!! Yayyy will get to run this with you and Jess next year, so excited. I wish they had photo ops right after the bridge (beautiful sunrise) or along SOBE with the nice art deco buildings in the background.
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  15. Brooke @ wreckingroutine

    Point to point races are the best! There is something mentally tough about turn around races. Also, playlists are the best motivators! I still listen to the one I made for the Denver RnR Marathon back in October when I do intervals or long runs.
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