When we got back to his place after dinner, his girlfriend was reading the ING Miami Marathon official program and she found that a portion of my weight loss story was included, which I thought was cool. Especially since the story of weight loss success person Eli Sapharti was also on the page and was running the half marathon. We all went to bed shortly after 10pm...But I did not fall asleep. My stomach was a bit upset and I think I heard every car horn, airplane and motorcycle that drove by even if we were 41 stories high. The alarm went off shortly after 4am, but I know I was up until at least 1am. However, it is expected that you will not get much sleep the night before so I didn't think this would affect my performance.
- Brush teeth, get dressed.
- Drink a vegetable/fruit smoothie (almond milk, water, plant protein, spinach, kale, banana, beet root, Maca powder and Chia seeds)
- Run in place, leg swings, dynamic stretching and foam rolling that Ashley Borden introduced me to.
- I use a PVC pipe that I purchased at Home Depot that has done amazing things for my legs.
- Go to bathroom, apply Body Glide and Vaseline to avoid chaffing and sun tan lotion.
A little after mile 2 I lose my brother which was okay, because I am not relying on him to be there the entire time, we had discussed that if we lose each other that it will not be a big deal and that he should run the best that he can. However, what does bother me is a small pull in my right hamstring and a small side stitch on my left side that acts up about a half mile later. (Really body, today is the day you are not agreeing with me?) Around mile 3, the sun is definitely up and I begin to feel it on my body. I reach down to check on my belt situation and one of my gels is missing. This is not a huge deal since I know they will be offering some later on, but still something that bothers me a bit.
On this day, all I could think about was the 5 minute moment from the video clip below, "...Don’t cry to quits. You already in pain, you already hurt. Get a reward from it." (I have the full audio clip version of this whole speech on my iPod so I hear the whole speech every 30 minutes or so during the marathon.)
- I end up walking quite a bit.
- At one point, I just tried to run half mile at a time and then walk for a couple of minutes.
- Other times, it was 3 minutes, then walk for 2.
- Then it was a 1 to 1 ratio.
- Feet begin to hurt quite a bit due to the bad shoes I am wearing.
- I always felt like I could overheat at any moment. Sometimes the hat was on, other times off.
- Never was 100% sure about the red liquid coming out of me, so this played mind games with me.
- I almost stopped at the half-marathon point, but decided at the very last second to continue on.
- I am glad I didn't stop because it was nice that a lot of the runners were gone right after the half-marathon point. I would say that 2/3 of the starting crowd ran 13.1 miles.
- Different pace groups kept passing me and the frustration grew.
- No matter how much water I drank I was never able to urinate at all during the whole race and I drank a lot of water and some Gatorade.
- At mile 18, I asked a 8 year-old for his kick scooter so I could finish this race faster. :-) I was only half-serious. I am glad he told me No and that I should not quit.
- I REALLY looked forward to EVERY single water/aid station.
- I always filled up my water container, poured 1 water cup on my back and 1 on my hat.
- I loved the orange slices I found at a couple of stations.
- I finally found and enjoyed the pineapples.
- I passed up on the coffee shots that I saw at some point...even though it was tempting.
- I passed on some beer around mile 20...didn't sound tempting at all.
- Left my water bottle in a port-a-potty before mile 20...had to turn around after a minute and go back.
- I saw a guy run/walk the whole marathon while dribbling 2 basketballs; I was amazed and frustrated as he passed me up.
- Not knowing my heart rate created mind games and discomfort the whole day.
- I knew people were following online and that people would see how bad I was doing.
- At mile 20, I almost cried.
- Mile 22, a perfect song came on, (Get Thru This by Art of Dying) that energized me to push me for the last 4.2 miles.
- Get as much sleep the 2 nights prior to the race...You will most likely not get much the night before the big event.
- Never wear anything new on day of race. Probably rule #2 in the runner's book and I knew it but I still didn't follow it. I wore a belt to hold my gels and a runner's hat for the first time. I ended up getting the belt because I didn't want to put 5 gels in my pockets and I got the hat because it was going to be sunny and hot (after receiving some last minute advice on the hat). Now the belt never really did bother me but I put gels in there and I lost one early on because I didn't put them in there securely so I ended up placing the gels in my pockets the rest of the race. Now the hat...at times it saved me because I poured water on there and then put it on my head, which definitely felt good. However, other times it felt like it was making me feel extra warm and with my sinus infection, I just felt my head was overheating. Either way, both items ended up being a bit of a bother.
- Salt pills, practice where you will hold them. I placed them in my water container's pocket and they were fine at mile 6, but when I tried to get them for mile 13, they were busted open and I was not able consume them.
- Pain is temporary, quitting is forever. IF I would have quit at any point, I know for a fact, I would have regretted it. I am so glad I decided to just keep going.
- Time really doesn't matter, just finish healthy. During the race I realized it was not my day, my legs were not hurt, I knew I was not going to set any PRs, I was certain that I was not going to meet my goal so I just had to own and accept the time I would finish in. Plus no matter what, I could go home to a wife and son that love me, no matter what time appeared at the end.