Brooklyn Half Marathon Recap

On Saturday I ran the NYRR Brooklyn Half marathon and got a new PR!

Race day started bright and early with a 5:30 am wake up call. Getting there was a little bit rough. My sweet boyfriend offered to drive me to prospect park amd we had a few issues getting there. There was traffic, the Brooklyn bridge was closed so we had to find an alternate route, and worst of all….DUNKIN DONUTS WAS CLOSED! How could they be closed at 615?!? Who is making the donuts?!? So no coffee for me. Boo.

I made it to the start and hung out in the corrals for about 35 minutes and then we were off! I haven't really been running lately, even though I vowed to run more after my last half, so my plan was to take it easy. I wanted to run slow, walk when necessary and just have fun.

I ended up walking a few miles in the middle in Prospect Park because my hips were super tight and painful.

Running along Ocean Parkway was cool for a few minutes, but then it got kind of boring. I was ready to be done around mile 10….unfortunately that's nowhere close to 13.1.

Around mile 12 I realized that if I stopped being a wimp and actually ran I might be able to get a PR so I picked up the pace and shaved almost three minutes off my last half!
By the end I was so happy to be done and it took forever to find my boyfriend. The cell reception was terrible and it took us over 30 minutes to find each other, even though he actually saw me cross the finish line!
It ended up being a great day, even though I had a rough start and my hips were hurting.

Official time – 2:27:31

 

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Brooklyn Half Marathon Expo

Yesterday I went on an adventure to Brooklyn to pick up my race bib for this weekend. I had a few hours to spare so I decided to walk instead of take the train or ferry.

I ended up walking down the East River and then west Chinatown towards the Brooklyn Bridge. I stopped at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory along the way. There were some crazy flavors! I sampled the black sesame, which was good but odd tasting, and ended up choosing the coconut(safe and delicious).

I made my way over the bridge, took a photo of the newly finished Freedom Tower and headed to the expo. It was in the Old Tobacco Warehouse, which was very cool, but the expo itself was kind of lame. No samples, not very many vendors. Oh well.

I ended up walking 9.5 miles(!) so I bought a pretzel, grabbed my bib and shirt, and headed to the subway. At first I was kind of annoyed the expo was all the way in Brooklyn(NYRR pick up is so convenient), but it was really nice out yesterday and ended up being a great way to spend a few hours, so I can't complain.

 

More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon Recap

I had planned on posting this yesterday, but in light of what happened in Boston, I decided it would be best to hold off.  As a I said yesterday, I am still deeply saddened by what happened and I’m keeping everyone in my prayers.

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On Sunday I ran the More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon.  I was completely unprepared.  I don’t think going on one five mile run since last fall really counts as training, but whatever.  My plan for the race was to run a bit, walk a bit, and basically just enjoy myself, since it was supposed to be a nice day in Central Park.

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Obviously it was crowded at the start.  I’m usually in the last or second to last corral(yay for being super slow!), but somehow i ended up behind the race walker at the start.  So that was super fun – trying to dodge through ladies walking six abreast.  Not cool.

But anyway,I had a great time.  I ran until I was tired, then walked a bit, then ran some more.  Basically it was just a nice way to spend a few hours in the sun, getting some exercise and rocking out to Justin Beiber on my ipod.

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AND Deena Kastor ran by me!  Girl is fast!  Also, she has my same Garmin watch.  We’re practically twins.

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Official finish time was 2:30:32.

My next race is in five weeks, so hopefully I’ll actually run between now and then and be able to improve a little bit.