Even before I ran my first race I wanted to run the Miami Half Marathon. I traveled to Miami in January the year before I started running regularly back in 2011 and it was the same weekend as this race. I saw parts of the race when I was out to lunch and I thought it would be an incredible experience because Miami is beautiful. Everywhere you look on this course there is water and the weather is lovely this time of year.
The Mr. has never been to Miami and I know he will love it. We fly out on Friday evening and come home on Monday afternoon so we will be there for a while. It will be great to soak up some sunshine and enjoy our trip away from Georgia. Two of the Mr.’s college friends live in Miami so we will be spending some quality time with them while we are there too.
Friday will be all about getting settled in and ready for our stellar weekend.
Saturday morning we will hit the race expo and get it out of the way. Since I’m only running the half marathon I won’t be so concerned with sparing my legs like I would for a marathon. I would love to walk around South Beach a little too. This is also the day before the race so I have made reservations at a posh Italian place for some delicious carbs. The funny thing is that I ate here back on my first trip to Miami and it was delicious. I hope it’s still a great place!
Race day is Sunday morning! I can’t wait to run all the bridges and see all the water along the way. This should be an energetic experience with great crowd support and I can’t wait to experience it in sunshine-y Miami. Post race we will probably eat a delicious meal then walk around for a bit. I have made reservations for Sunday night’s dinner at a gastro pub just in case there are crowds.
Miami will be a wonderful little weekend trip and I can’t wait to run Miami!
Okay, now for the goals.
As ya’ll know one of my goals for this year is to PR the half marathon distance. I don’t know how realistic that is for this race given the fact that I just ran the Walt Disney World Marathon the weekend of the 10th, but anything can happen I suppose. Read all about that race here.
Goal A: PR of Sub 2:31. This is if the stars align and I hold my breath just right. Like I said I don’t know how probable this is, but my current PR (2:31) and last half marathon (2:32) were on incredibly hilly and narrow courses.
Goal B: Finish strong and injury free. I’m not setting a goal time for Goal B because this isn’t really my goal race for this spring. I will be happy with a fun experience and a strong finish.
It’s easy to get caught up with everything and want to PR every race, but it’s not always realistic. My body is still working through the aches and pains from the Walt Disney World Marathon less than two weeks ago. I didn’t have a strong training cycle going into that race so this one may not turn out how I planned when I registered months ago.
The course is flat and the weather should be okay, but who knows what will happen. Anything can happen on a race day. You all also heard me gripe about my shoes I ran in for the marathon and I am pleased to say I have new pair for the this race.
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Have you ever been surprised by a race?
Were you able to PR a race even with some of these factors?