Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pre-Race Day…Saturday in MiAmi!!!

We woke up and had breakfast in our hotel room. I must say, we did a good job being frugal. Everyone kept telling us how expensive South Beach is, so we did our best to keep it in check. We are all teachers, after all.

We decided to go for a little 2 mile run on the boardwalk. I felt GREAT on the run. Taking off the week before and tapering really does a body good.

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I am trying to work on leaning forward a little more when I run. See how straight up I am?? I have really good posture and that transfers over into my running, which puts a little too much strain on my lower back. Oh well….I’m still working on it.

We hung out by the pool to cool down for a few minutes while they cleaned our room.

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Then decided to go back to the expo for a few minutes…

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After shopping around a little bit more headed to Lincoln Rd to the big outdoor mall. I must say, it made for some interesting people watching. (I have a feeling people probably felt the same way about us.)

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We hit up Starbuck’s for a green tea frappucino. I am SO glad Crissy introduced me to that!! I always drink my green tea hot, so this was my first one and I LOVED it!

We made sure to hydrate ALL DAY LONG because we knew it was going to be super humid and we would sweat a LOT (more than normal, which is already a pretty serious amount). We killed some water and Gatorade.

We decided to eat an early dinner at an Italian place up the street. The race started at 6:15 on Sunday, so we needed to eat early to give our food enough time to digest before our run. I cannot think of anything worse than having to go #2 while running 26.2 miles. Taking care of business before the race is essential. (TMI? Sorry. Just keepin it real!)

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We went back to the hotel and set out all our junk for the next day.  I have such a  ridiculous amount of stuff….it’s actually embarrassing. I am typically pretty low maintenance (that may be shocking to some people, but it really is true), but when it comes to a marathon I like to be prepared. For anything.  We tried to get in bed about 9:30 because we had to wake up at 3:50 am to catch our cab and make it to our corrals by 5:45.  Official race time was 6:15 am to beat the heat.  Nerves started to kick in and I was missing Jonathan, but being the true sleepy head that I am, I managed to fall asleep. Ready for the BIG SHOW.

I can’t wait to tell you all about the RACE!!!!!


Courtney B said...

I can't wait to read about the race! What an amazing experience!

Anonymous said...

I tend to run completely upright too and have been going to physical therapy for my back, where my therapist told me this exact thing - lean forward slightly. I'm trying to but it's a lot to focus on!