I wasn’t always a runner and, to be honest, sometimes it’s weird to consider myself one since I am not very fast and don’t win any races.
Although, I do have my podium pose ready…
I started running when my mom signed up for a half marathon and convinced my sister and I to run with her. After living in different parts of the world, running has become a constant in my life since you can do it anywhere. It is my time to relax, clear my mind, and get re-energized.
To keep myself motivated, I decided I would run the Miami Half Marathon in January 2015. This was not my first half marathon, but it was my first race since I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2013. Here is a photo of my sister and I at the finish line of the Chicago Marathon:
Miami offers a half and marathon full. I have run the half 4 times and absolutely love it. People have given me mixed reviews from their experiences, but I can honestly say this race is organized, energetic, clean, safe and I love it more every time I run it.
There are about 25,000 runners! The course of the half marathon is entertaining and mostly flat, except for the 2 bridges. See the course route here.
Because the race course goes through ocean drive, you get to see all the drunkies coming out from the clubs after a late night of partying on South Beach.
Check out this view of beautiful and sunny Miami from the half marathon course:
My training started off pretty well but 3 weeks before the race I got a terrible cough and cold. The cold went away in time but the day of the race I still had the terrible cough. I was not sure how I would feel but I decided to run anyways.
My gear ready and laid out the night before:
I woke up at 3:30am to get ready. Race morning I had a warm breakfast of oatmeal and made sure to stay bundled up since was very chilly. I tried to take things easy because of my cough and to my surprise, I ran a personal best time!
This is at 5am, waiting at the American Airlines Arena to start running. I am a morning person:
Have you ever considered running a half marathon? A couple things may be going through your mind like “I hate running” or “I could never do that.” I strongly believe that anyone is capable of crossing the finish to a half marathon. If you set the right goals and train properly, you can make it happen.
For me, there is no other sensation in the world like crossing the finish line of a race. It gives you an incredible feeling of confidence, accomplishment, and positivity.
And getting to celebrate your achievement with family is a plus:
The great thing about running the Miami Half Marathon is that you almost always have great weather, the people and crowds are fun, the route is beautiful and mostly flat, and its close to home!
Sign up, go for it! I guarantee it will be an incredible experience and accomplishment. To register for next years half marathon, go here. The sooner you register the better prices you get.
If you do sign up and need help putting together some steps for training, let me know! I would love to help you get started and go for a run with you 🙂