I went into the race with the mentality that I would run how I felt and not push myself. The first 2.5 miles of the race were very hard for me because I really, really, really had to pee. I couldn't think about anything other than peeing. It was so distracting for me and made it hard for me to really enjoy running along the water at sunrise. After I found the bathroom the race was infinitely better. I was listening to my music and found a great rhythm. I ended up getting my second best time of 2:15 and, once again, found myself thanking my legs for carrying me the distance.
- The beginning of the course is great and takes you along the water and the cruise ships.
- My team had a tent so we were able to enjoy hanging out after the race.
- The medal was so cool and rotated along three different points.
- Expo was a lot of fun and it was a runner's paradise. I am proud to say that I only left with one pair of compression socks.
- Signage was good along the course.
- The last three miles are the best with all the people on the streets and the bands playing music.
- They handed out energy chews and fruit and had water and gatorade at every water station.
- The signs after the halfway point were hilarious.
- The race bib was gorgeous and very Miami Vice.
- Lots of photographers on the course.
- Plenty of water and food for the runners once they finished.
- Free beer.
What I didn't like:
- There were so many people! I had to skip a few of my intervals just to make it out of the crowd.
- There were some parts of the course that were narrow that resulted in a bit of bottlenecking.
- It didn't affect me, but some people got stuck at one of the bridges for 20 minutes.
- Again, it didn't affect me but they ran out of medals for the half marathoners.
- The last quarter mile of the race is the worst because of all the turns that make you feel like you will never reach the end.
- The line at the beer garden was long.
Next race recap will be for Ragnar Relay Miami to Key West!