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

16 comments:

  1. Seems like the perfect race-cation!

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

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

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  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

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    1. Thanks Hollie. That song is definitely motivating.

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

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

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  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)

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

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  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.

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

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