ABOVE: Lynn Smythe, AKA the Run Diva, with the Geico Gecko at the ING Miami Marathon Health Expo
I spent a good part of the weekend down in Miami for the ING Miami Marathon. Registered runners had to pick up their registration packets at the Health Expo. The expo, which took place on Friday and Saturday, was setup at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
I did ING Miami with two of my running friends. I meet them in Boca Raton on Friday morning, then we all drove down to Miami. We got there a bit early, so we asked one of the locals if she could tell us how to get to Starbucks. She was holding a cup of Starbucks coffee in her hand, so we thought she would know how to get us there. Starbucks was just a few blocks away from the convention center, so we went down, got something to drink and a snack, and sat outside to enjoy our breakfast. Then we headed back to the convention center.
We got lots of free goodies at the health expo including chapstick, water bottles, wrist bands, samples of nutritional goodies and more. We also picked up our race packets which included a detailed brochure of the ING Miami Marathon, an official ING Miami Marathon t-shirt and baseball cap, along with our racing bib numbers and timing chip. After picking up all our stuff at the expo, we headed back to Palm Beach County.
On Saturday morning I had to go to West Palm Beach for the 2009 Spring Team in Training season kickoff. My husband and I are getting ready to start our 4th season with the TNT cycle team. We will be helping the Palm Beach team train for the century ride in Tahoe, AKA America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, which takes place on June 7.
After the season kickoff, I rushed home, finished getting ready for Miami, then drove to Boca to meet my friends. We decided to get a hotel room the night before the marathon, so we didn't have to get up quite so early, and worry about finding a parking spot that wasn't too far from the start of the race.
We stayed at the Miami Hyatt Regency, which was approximately .9 miles from the start of the race. We got checked into our room, then decided to walk down to the American Airline Areana, the official race start, to see how long it would take us to get there. It only took around 20 minutes to walk down there. The arena is right next to the Bayside Mall, so we popped in there for an early dinner at the HardRock Cafe.
Since we had to get up at 4 AM, to get ready for the race, we were in bed by 9 PM - not exactly party animals! For tomorrows blog entry, I'll post up details of the actual marathon - the good, the bad, the how far to the end of the race?
Lynn Smythe AKA the Run Diva