First, I must say I’ve missed you terribly!!!! I’m so sorry I’ve been gone for TWO WEEKS! I’m a horrible person, I know.
My life has been sooo hectic that I’ve really thought that I just can’t handle my life and do this blog…at least the way I want to. I know it sound ridiculous but it’s true. Some days I can’t get to everything then I feel bad and one day turns into well…14.
Ok enough moping, here’s my race recap:
I had a blast at the Miami Half Marathon.
I didn’t realize what an AMAZING run it was until about 24 hours later when it all sunk in and I realized I am obsessed.
Here is the full recap of everything Miami Half Marathon explained from the perspective of someone who was running their first half marathon. :) I read a gazillion running blogs and most are super star runners and started their blogs once they had already ran a gazillion big races. I thought I would write this post for the newbies like me. A race recap from a half marathon virgin.
Like a good girl, I packed everything the night before including my breakfast (almond butter and jam sandwich). I put my bib, garmin, headphones, chapstick, spibelt, Cliff shot blocks, water bottle and directions (yes directions…I may be from Miami but directions never hurt anyone) in a Ziploc along with 20 bucks a credit card and my driver’s license. I put that bag of golden goodies under my keys to make sure I wouldn’t forget it. Looking back, I should have put it in my car. This way there was no chance of forgetting it.
I then went on to get my clothing ready. Everything from undies to my hair tie. Everything was placed in the bathroom ready to go. The less thinking at 4 am the better. *I should have packed extra hair ties. I only thought of this two seconds before the race started when I was adjusting my hair…I thought, oh $*!@ what if my hair tie broke. Lesson learned.
I got up at 4 and was out of the house at 4:15.
It took me about 30 minutes to get into downtown. Parking took another 45 minutes. If I could go back and do it again…I would have gotten a hotel room downtown. More sleeping and less stressful. Once I found parking and walked 1 mile to get to the actual event I started to get realllllyyyy excited.
I stopped to use the portapotty before going to my coral and wow are those things gross! They really need to put hand sanitizer stations outside those things. I will be taking my own mini bottle of hand sanitizer next time.
The corrals were crazy. No one knew where to go it seemed even though our bibs had the corral letters on them. I was in H. Don’t ask me how that happened but it did. I must have estimated my time or not estimated to be in the second to last corral. Once in my corral, I waited patiently until H got called…which was over 30 minutes after corral A.