Friday, October 28, 2011

Where the Party Meets the Pavement

Thanks to Amanda’s giveaway over at Run the to Finish, I have a free entry to the 13.1 Ft. Lauderdale in a couple weeks!

Isn’t that the beauty of the half marathon? As opposed to a full marathon, with a running base of 25 miles a week or so, you can just pencil one into your schedule.

Weekend Getaway? Yes, Please.

When we lived in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago, it was Mr. Blondie’s first year working as an airline pilot. That meant I had a lot of free time on my hands, which in turn meant I did a lot of running and quite a few races to keep myself busy. I’m excited to be going back to “old-stomping grounds”, so to speak.

Toodles!
 A1A Half 2007

Although I’ve never done the 13.1 race before, the majority of Ft. Lauderdale races follow the same format. Start somewhere along Las Olas Blvd, run up A1A to the half-way marker, turn-around and run back down A1A to the finish. Up until this past year, my half marathon PR was 1:43, which I set at the A1A Half Marathon in 2007. I hope I can finish well under that time now.


The monotony of a pancake flat course can be challenging too. Would you rather run a completely flat course or a hilly one?

12 comments:

  1. I would like to run a FLAT race!
    I love ft Lauderdale, I never lived there but hubby owned a house there and we used to spend most weekends there (when we lived in Orlando), so it was kind of home away from home.
    Good luck! I'm looking for a half to do in November, maybe the Thanksgiving one.

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  2. Bring on the FLAT! I'm a total weenie when it comes to hills. In fact, I think I'd rather race in the snow than race with hills. :)

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  3. YEAH!! can't wait! We'll have to find a way to meet up after the race or at the start

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  4. It will be a cold day in hell before I ever say I want to run a race with hills. the word race & hills should not be combined in the same sentence ;-) Pancake flat courses are the best(est)!

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  5. I like some rolling hills just to keep things interesting for a while. The out and back is what would kill me.

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  6. I'm all about the flat courses... it's a better chance for a PR (and less likely in my case to aggravate an injury). I'm not FLL's biggest fan as I have bad personal memories there, but the BF and I thought maybe erasing bad memories with some good new race memories might be something worth looking into. Don't be surprised if I come a-knockin' for some recommendations!!

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  7. I'm actually a little nervous about the monotany of race. Dare I say I like some hills now? Ft. Lauderdale itslef is loads of fun, but the races there tend to be so BORING going up and down A1A.

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  8. Oh no, I hope you can get a fresh start. Feel free to ask away :)

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  9. Yes, definitely!

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  10. Races just before, or on Thanksgiving are the best! Everything tastes so much better after a hard effort.

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