I can’t figure out exactly what to say in this race recap or how exactly to approach it. I’d say this was one of the first half marathons that I’ve gone into with a thought and a plan and come out of with nothing making logical sense to me. Before I get into my thoughts, I did PR. I ran a 1:55:52, which is almost 2 minutes faster than my previous PR of 1:57:44. To be honest though, it wasn’t an amazing race for me and my time looks better than the race felt.
The Florida Beach Halfathon was about an hour from my house and started at 7:05. Because I had to pickup my packet that morning and wanted to get in a little warmup, I set my alarm for 4:15 so I could head out of the house by 5:00 am. It was definitely an early morning. I was excited to get down to Sarasota to meetup with several friends who were also running the race.
We hung out in Tori’s car for a few minutes, because it was a little bit chilly. Then, we made our way to the restrooms and starting line, and I ran off for a little less than a mile warmup. It’s hard warming up when it’s so dark outside and you can’t see where you’re going. I was afraid I was going to trip in a pothole and not even be able to run the race.
|I’m not that short. I’m 5’5″. They’re just all pretty tall.|
Right at 7:05, the National Anthem was sung and we were off starting the journey back to the starting line. The course is a 3.1 mile loop that follows the 5k trail, then there’s a 5 mile run out to the end of the island we were on and back. It’s definitely a barren area with very very few spectators (maybe 10 the whole course…no exaggeration), but the views are pretty if you can get into that kind of thing.
When I started off, I had set my watch to a split screen that showed me four views: overall time, current pace, average lap pace, and distance. I kept looking at my average lap pace thinking that was the pace I was running and pushing a little harder than I should have to make up for a slow .5 mile start. My whole plan going into it was to run 8:45s for the first three miles and then pick it up from there. Here are my splits:
|The course for the Florida Beach Halfathon is the same as the Halloween Halfathon put on by Florida Road Races.|