A1A Half Marathon Preparation

By Skip

There are only a couple of days left before that A1A half marathon and I have to tell you, I am stoked!  Last year at this time, I was also preparing for this race, however, I had never raced in a 13.1 before so I had no idea what to expect.  This year I know what I am in for and I am ready for the challenge.

The course itself is beautiful.  Starting in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, running down Las Olas, winding through a park and finally ending up on A1A around sunrise time.  My fitness level is not really where I want it to be right now as the illness I had derailed me a little bit.   I went out last night and my speed is there but I am not too sure if I will be able to maintain my cardio level for the full distance.

So what are my expectations?  Last year I ended up with a final time of 1:38.25.  That averages out to a 7:30 pace.  I am going to try to push a 7:15 pace which would put me crossing the finish line in one hour and thirty five minutes or so.  Last year I had the hopes of pushing a 6:30 pace this entire distance but my training kind of fell apart in the fall of last year after my injury.

I also know, after last years experience, that the first couple of miles is slow going  with 4500-5000 people out there, there is not a lot of separation until about mile 2 or 3.  At that point it is easier to settle into your groove and you don’t have to “hop-scotch” around people, sidewalks, etc.  For my first time last year, that was a very odd experience.  The good news is that it does thin out in ranks a little by the time you hit Hugh Taylor Birch park where the trail starts to get narrow.  Also I now know, mentally, where the “out and back” point is before hitting the home stretch.  I also have a better idea, visually, of where to kick it in at the end.

Last year I had a great time and I look forward to another great racing experience.

Please remember, I am trying to raise funds for the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation in return for my efforts put forth.  If you are able to, please consider make a contribution to this amazing organization.  If you are able to help out, please CLICK HERE.

I will keep you posted as to the results!



Filed in: Causes, Half Marathon, Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, Running • Friday, February 17th, 2012


“Strollin’ down the avenue that’s known as A1A. I was feelin’ tired then I got inspired…”

Wishing you tailwinds and a negative split!


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