The Hard Lesson I Learned at the 2018 Miami Half-Marathon

Today I ran the Miami half-marathon in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Good right? Except I was vying to PR by breaking 2 hours. It’s what I’ve been training for since before the Key West half-marathon. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards. There were a couple of different factors I can blame—the excessive wind, the fact that I ate dinner too early, an ankle injury from last Thursday’s run—but the hard lesson I learned yesterday is that no matter what you do, sometimes you have good races, sometimes you have bad races.


My gear, prepped and ready to go the night before the Miami half-marathon.

Last January’s Key West half-marathon was a good race. I finished it in 2 hours and 3 minutes and could have easily broken 2 hours if a much-needed pit stop and other amateur mistakes hadn’t cost me those precious 3 minutes. I felt strong from the start line to the finish line and could have easily kept running a few more miles afterward. This race was what inspired me signing up for my first marathon. I just felt so good.


My sister Carla and I running the Key West Half-Marathon in January 2017.

Yesterday was a bad race. I started out strong for the first seven miles, averaging a 9:15 min/mi pace. I started to mentally fade when we had to loop around Washington Avenue. Not only was it a boring part of the course, but it also seemed infinite. (I forgot it loops south to come back north and I wasn’t mentally prepared for it.) I started to physically fade as we approached the Venetian Causeway, at which point I seriously considered running to my nearby home. My pace dropped to 9:50 min/mi for the rest of the race.


Me, looking like I’m being tortured as I crossed the finish line yesterday.

I won’t lie—I’m super bummed I didn’t PR. From miles 7 through 13, I even started to question my ability to run a full marathon. But, I managed to tough it out to the finish line and for that I couldn’t be more proud. Once my right ankle recovers, I’m excited to get back to training and to experience the Paris Marathon, good or bad.


Gear: Brooks Glycerin 15 running shoes, Garmin Forerunner 920XT watch, Amphipod running belt (similar here), Bose Wireless Sports Headphones

Playlist: My “Miami Half Marathon” playlist on Spotify

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