13.1 Marathon Miami Beach
Race Start ————> 6:13 AM
Sunrise —————> 6:39 AM
I signed up for the race to have some fun and see what kind of shape I am in this offseason. I have been running regularly around 3-4 times a week. Not much swimming and biking going on these days. Ahhhhhh the freedom of the offseason! With that being said, my expectations were realistic. I knew I was not running for a PR. I know I am not currently in peak shape. So the idea was to go out there and have some fun.
This race marks a first for me in that I had the pleasure of running with a friend of mine. The first seven or eight miles felt like a breeze. Race day excitement and a friend to talk to made the miles tick by! However, after about mile 8 we both went silent. It was great to have a friend to run with. Both of us were there for the atmosphere and a nice run. It worked out real well.
Our plan was to keep it conservative at least through the first six miles. I wanted to hold a 9 min/mile pace through the halfway point and then open it up to see what I had left in the tank. However, it turned out that I held a steady pace and had the last mile to open it up and attempt to finish in under 1:50:00. I was close but was not able to pull it off.
All in all, the race went well. It was my first race with US Road Sports 13.1 Marathon Series.