Posted February 2, 2012 by Nicole Degner
Recently I (Coach Jay) ran the ING Miami Half Marathon. My training has been incredible and I was ready for a fast race. However my times reflected a different outcome. Despite the slower time, I still consider this race a success. Here is my racing experience.
Thoughts on the course:
The course was very flat, although it had several rough patches where the road was uneven and lots of little potholes and manhole covers. There were one or two bridges that we ran over. One in the first mile and I think there was another one but I am not sure due to the fact that it was 72 degrees and 90% humidity and getting hotter every mile.
Wow! It was a rough race for me for several reasons:
- The weather was much warmer than I have run in all year.
- The wind was blowing pretty hard after the first 3-4 miles.
- In general I just had an off day.
- I think I might have set my expectations too high based on the weather and conditions
I was hoping to run 5:07 to 5:10 pace for the half, so about 1:08:00 pace or so. Well, my splits were not even close.
Here they are my race splits:
5:03, 5:09, 5:15, 5:18, 5:32, 5:31, 5:31, 5:39, 5:33, 5:44 (perhaps the hardest mile I have ever run…I was so hot), 5:43, 5:38, 5:30, 1:31 (1:12:43)
- Although this was a tough day with a less than pleasant result there were a few positives.
- My splits were slowly getting worse and worse. I had to fight the negative thoughts that always come up when you are not running as well as you expect. I did fight and consistently caught people throughout the race. I think that practicing staying positive in this race will pay off in my next race when I actually run well.
- I learned that I really do enjoy the process of running and training.
- Haile Gebresalasie said “If you can’t take the good with the bad then you should not take the good.” I am looking forward to the next good.
Two final Miami Half Marathon comments:
The aid stations were giving out these 2.5” X 4” plastic bags of water. I couldn’t find a website for this company. If anyone knows what I am talking about please email me at email@example.com.
The volunteers were saying to bite the bag open and then drink the water. So, I bite the first one I get and the plastic piece from the bag shoots to the back of my throat. I can feel it clogging my esophagus and I can’t breath. This was about the 5th mile or so, I can’t really remember exactly where the aid station was located. In addition to being a serious hazard for the runners these bags of water tasted like a plastic bag. Several people were complaining about the bags after the race. I think it is very possible that someone could choke if race directors continue to use these bags.
My introduction to Shiatsu:
Tom Sweeney M.Ed, LMT worked on my after the race with some Shiatsu and identified a problem with my body that I have been having for a few years. Apparently, my Yin and Yang is not balanced. My left glute is pulling my left illium posteriorly and this is causing my right gracillis is very tight and needs to be released. I will be seeing the Chiropractor as soon as possible. I will be trying to learn the art of Shiatsu.