How I got to the race:
Temporary moving and working in Florida comes with a huge plus for European runners: the oportunity to travel to awesome places for a small price, like Mexico for exemple.
With a quick google search of nearby races, I came across the Cancun Marathon and Halfmarathon. I checked the flight, was 200$ both ways, accomodation 90$ for 4 nights. Perfect!
*actually there were 2 races at the same time and I actually started thinking if to go to the traditional Cancun Marathon or the Rock N Roll series. Found out later that they merged, and I would run 2 races in one.
Solo trip to Cancun
Well, the initial plan was to go there with a friend. She didn’t get the days off, so I had to choose between going alone or not go at all. But when is about a race in a very special location, I do whatever it takes. Solo trip it is!
I had to find somebody to pick up the race kit for me, since my plane won’t land in time for that. (landed 12:30, kits pick up until 13, race at 17:30). Mexicans turned out to be very helpful people. I posted on the event group (Facebook) that I need help and in about 5 minutes I had my answer. A help that turned out to be my “fun trip maker”. That was how I met a group of runners, with whom I’ve spent 2 days there, at the race and on a boat trip to Isla Mujeres. Too bad they had to leave after that..
The race was in the same day I landed to Cancun. My new friends that I mentioned above, picked me up from the airport ❤ and my race kit was already picked up. Was like I signed up for ultra all inclusive 🙂
I arrived to my Airbnb apartment around 2pm (in the center of Cancun, not in the touristic zone) but I couldn’t just stay and rest for the race until 5, so I arranged all my running equipment and went to eat something mexican in one of the famous markets.
5:00 PM I was heading to the start line together with my people, but not before taking an awesome group photo!
There were 5000 people, music, joy.. My plan was to finish in a regular time, around 2 hours and enjoy the scenary. But who would have thought that because:
- I forgot my proper running shoes and ran in 10$ ones
- There was heat and high humidity
- I had no training in the past 3 months
…I would end up running my slowest flat half marathon ever???????
Yeah, just kidding…actually makes a lot of sense it took me 2h:13min.. I don’t know how some people can run even without shoes and still set a record, or run in very cheap shoes because they can’t afford more..and still set a record…and me, after 10k in some random shoes, I started having all sorts of pain in the knee and hips. I actually had to power-walk the last 5km
I have a couple of regrets though.. one that
- I couldn’t record the half part of the race because it was too dark and my GoPro camera is not the best
- And that the course for the half marathon didn’t reach the ocean. It would have been the perfect race, running along the ocean while the sun was setting..
I did take a snapshot:
In the end, all that matters is that I had the chance to be there, running a half marathon that I wasn’t even imagining, planning or thinking I would. I had a great time along with the pain during the race, I made new friends in Mexico, I got 2 medals at the end (because there were 2 races in one) and added to the list my first Rock N Roll marathon series.
Oh, and we ended the day with some mexican rock concerts