Thursday, November 14, 2013

Allstate 13.1 race series - Ft. Lauderdale Recap

Finally I am getting around to writing my race recap. 
Sorry for the delay.
Life happened again....

Anyway, here we go.

I woke up at 4am Sunday morning.
There was race day packet pickup (woot!) but I needed to get over to the start before 5:50 so that meant an early wake up.
Race day outfit.
Since it was going to be in the 70s and humid that morning, I opted for the "less is more" approach. 
I'm usually pretty self conscious about my midsection but today I didn't even care. Ha ha.

I picked up some oatmeal from CVS to eat for breakfast but realized that I didn't have a spoon....hmmm.

So my backup breakfast was coffee (of course) and belVita biscuits.

I shared a cab with another runner who was staying at the same hotel. 
As we drove to the start I became annoyed because our cabbie did not know where he was going and the meter was running, grrr.
Seriously don't be a cab driver if you aren't familiar with the area.

I arrived with a few minutes to spare and picked up my race stuff.
I dropped my bag off at the gear check truck and went to stretch.

One thing I really liked about this race was the fact that it wasn't crowded.
The start and wheelchair participants. They are so inspiring.

I lined up between the 1:40 and 1:50 pacers.
I didn't really have any goals for this race.
If I set a new half marathon PR that would be awesome but if not that's cool too.
The race started at 6:35.
Since it wasn't crowded, I settled into a nice rhythm early on. 
I ran with the 1:45 pacer for the first 3 miles. 
At mile 3.6, also a water stop, I had to pee, grrr.

After that I ran on my own and enjoyed my music.
The wind was crazy.
I took advantage of the taller guys and let them block the wind, ha ha.
The humidity was brutal but running parallel to the ocean was peaceful.
I decided at that point I was going to just enjoy this race and not chase a PR.

Around mile 10 I got my second wind.
"It's going down" came on my iPod. 
I instantly thought of Hollie and got an extra little pep in my step.

I enjoyed the last 3 miles. 
I'll admit I was tired but I had fun with it.

Hey random stranger can you take my pic!?

 This was the best part.

I have nothing but good things to say about this race.
It was very well organized
Not crowded
Plenty of water stops
Pretty good crowd support
The beach!!!
Plenty of post-race snacks

I would totally do this race again.
It was nice to escape the cold DC metro area weather and enjoy a little fun in the sun


  1. Seems like the perfect race-cation!

  2. I was there too... because I live right down the street. glad you enjoyed a nice race in my city.

    1. That was such an awesome race. I may have to do it again.

  3. I have to say I loved your race outfit. It was seriously so cute. YES I am so glad that you added that song to your ipod. It seriously motivates me every time...I don't even know why. haha

    1. Thanks Hollie. That song is definitely motivating.

  4. Fun! And I'm impressed you ran so soon after the marathon... it's not easy those next 3 or so weeks!

    1. Thanks Laura. My legs felt it after the race, especially my left IT band.

  5. You look great lady! I think it's my goal one day to look good enough to run in a sports bra and shorts (or old enough to just not care anymore haha)

  6. Glad you had such an awesome race and vacation-- you certainly earned it. PS. I want your abs. like seriously woman!

  7. Great recap, you look amazing! The only place I'm brave enough to run in my running bra in on the treadmill at home.

  8. You are always so cute with that infectious smile of yours!!!