Friday Five – Publix Florida Half Marathon

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with  Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

I have my first half marathon of 2019 in THREE weeks – the Publix Florida Half Marathon.  Though I have run 8 halfs in Florida, this is the first time for this particular race.

So my Topic this week is: Five Things I’d Love to Happen During This RACE

1.Good Weather

Not too hot and not too cold. No wind or rain.  It’s in Florida so I’m not sure what I can do about the humidity.

don’t let the pic fool you…I FROZE during this one.

2. No pain.

No foot pain or lower back pain. Or any new aches or injuries.

ouch on new lower back pain during RnR Brooklyn

3. Ocean Views

Sometimes, they say there will be water views but you can never see the ocean or it is for such a short period of time. This is the main reason why I love Florida races.

it does look like I’ll see the water

4.Age Group Award

At my age, this is always a possibility and welcome reward.

won last year at Brew2Brew Half

5. Finish under 2:15.

Not expecting a PR (under 2:06:52) since I did not train for one. I’d like a respectable finish time although with crossing big TWO bridges, this may be a dream.

Happy Running!  Do you have any goals for your first BIG race or any race in 2019? Please share.


21 thoughts on “Friday Five – Publix Florida Half Marathon

    • There are so many Florida half marathons – like over 150. Of course, there’s Disney but they are so big and so expensive so I avoid them But others love them.


  1. That’s fun you found a new half to run in FL! Can’t believe it’s been almost a year already since i ran Gasparilla. That was fun despite the heat. My first race of the year will be the Tokyo Marathon and I’ll be thrilled to get there in one piece and finish with a smile on my face.

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  2. I’ll be in Florida in March and I’m eyeing a half in Fort De Soto state park. I ran that one about 7 years ago. Considering it again. We’ll see.

    Do they card you at races? You look way younger than your age!

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  3. Ooh that course looks fun. I love that area too. Cocoa Beach is my tacky heart.
    Ocean views is what I love about Lauderdale. It’s oceanfront for most of 9 miles. And two of the non oceanfront miles are gorgeous in the state park on the intracoastal.
    How do you find the competition for winter races in Florida given the snowbirds?
    I oddly don’t have capital G goals for any of my 3 Halfs. I wrote them somewhere but they were to maybe PR in FLL, definitely course record and have fun for the NYC Half. I subsequently revised Lebow when I was hurt, but I don’t remember my first set. Will have to find them

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    • I have to do FL one year. I have 3 friends in Delray. My goals are always the same. Stay healthy. Enjoy. All my halfs are new. So course PRs. It depends how big the race is. Those old runners can be very speedy. Can’t wait to leave the cold.


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