I forgot my IT Band strap, which I like to wear on longer runs and during races. I knew they would be taping people at the expo, so I did it there. I've never used the Rock Tape before, but I think it helped. My IT Band didn't bother me the entire race.
The morning of the race, we woke up at 4:10 am. The race started at 6:15, so that would give us plenty of time to get to the start line. We stayed at a preferred hotel that was recommended by the race. They had a little cafe that was open at 3:30 am on race morning. This is a big deal to runners. We need our morning coffee and breakfast.
The start line was about 4 blocks away, which took us about 10 minutes to walk. We headed to our corrals. Note: You want to get here no later than 5am if you are doing gear check. It is a slow crowded walk from gear check to the start line.
|American Airlines Arena|
After hitting the porta potties. (ew) We tried to get to our corrals. It was really crowded. We were barely moving. People were pushing. I was getting panicky and clausterphobic. After arriving at my corral, at 5:55, they just let runners start entering. Apparently, they weren't letting runners enter until that time. I don't remember that happening last year.
|The sun is rising on SoBe.|
|He is dribbling TWO balls for the marathon.|
I kept ignoring my pace and ran when I could and walked when I felt like it. Thinking back, I only had one 18 mile run, and two 16 milers. I missed a week of training and my 20 mile run. So I kept on.....
At one point I had to stop and walk to text the Mr. His phone was about to die and needed to know what mile I was on. I think I was on 22 at this point and just wanted to be done already! He didn't do as well as he expected. He was over 30 minutes away from his target. I think he was dehydrated. He started cramping up at mile 18.
It's crazy what goes through your head during a race. Later, as I was talking to the Mr. about the mental toughness it takes to finish those last miles, the same thoughts crossed our minds. I was doubting myself. I really had to dig deep. Everyone has a running mantra, or, they should. There was a group of runner that had a Dean Karnazes quote on their shirts. I loved it. I kept repeating it to myself.
“If you can't run, then walk. And if you can't walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.”After leaving that shady Coral Gables area, we made a turn. it was out and back under a bridge. It was sunny and hot. There was a water stop under the bridge where I put Ben-Gay on for the last time. There was salsa music and dancing girls. I smiled as one of the runners stopped to salsa dance with the girls. I danced "in my head". That's about all the energy I had.
― Dean Karnazes
Once we left the out and back, we headed Downtown again. There was a slight breeze through the buildings. There are more crowds, something which was lacking the past few miles, but it didn't matter. The crowds really lift your spirits at that point. At mile 25, a man in front of me fell. I thought it was a bad fall, but he limped and ran to the finish.
Once I was approaching the finish, there were bleachers filled with people and runners cheering everybody on.
I finished in 5:24:02.
I had a small, one minute, PR. I crossed the line and looked for the Mr. I found him after I received my medal. Miami has really cool medals, by the way.
I have had so many mixed emotions about the race and running, in general. My next post will include thoughts on that.
Run any races lately?
How is your mental game in a race?