Yesterday, I joined the South Florida Brickell Run Club for their weekly run in downtown Miami. I found the group on meetup.com and was surprised to read that they regularly have upwards of 400 people each week. The weather was a bit iffy in Miami and mid-day it looked as if it might storm. I even contemplated running as soon as I finished my work, instead of waiting for the group run at 7 because I was concerned it’d be cancelled. Well, the skies cleared quickly and I was SO glad I waited!
After some group stretching, we prepared to start. There were three different pace groups, 11mm, 9mm, and 7mm. The 11mm group started first, followed by each of the faster groups. I began with the 11 minute mile group, as I wanted this to be an easy, fun run after Sunday’s race. I was also aware that it was about 80 degrees and I predicted the warm air might affect me a bit. And sure enough, it took me quite awhile to hit my stride.
Finally, about 2 miles in, I started to feel good…for about a mile. Then I began experiencing some pain in my achilles. I thought about walking, but really wanted to finish. Our course took us through the neighborhood of Brickell, onto a trail and then out past the water. At one point, I had to take a picture…
It was beautiful — but I have to say, I have no idea how all you running bloggers take pics while you run. It definitely slowed me down and was kind of annoying. 🙂 Props to y’all! We made our way back to the main road and at this point, many people had stopped to walk. I almost thought about joining them, but I’m too proud 🙂
Finally, I raced into the parking lot where we started. Woohoo – I’d finished my first real group run (outside of races, obviously). It was fun even with the heat and the pain. We were just a bit short of 4 miles and I ran a 10:43 pace. Not bad all things considered! I’m so glad I sought this group out while I was in town – people were friendly and I enjoyed the accountability challenge of running with a group.
Have you ever “crashed” a run in another city? What was your experience?