I did my personal record on my most recent Half Marathon race. My very 2nd half marathon ever (yes, I know I did two full marathons before). It was the Brooklyn Half Marathon and I had trained this past few weeks to get my body in the condition to run strong and fast. I didn’t go super fast but I did better than my 2:04 and dropped to 1:48. I just wanted to do better than 2 hours, and I did. Shaving off 16 minutes is a big deal for any runner. It’s because when I ﬁrst attempted this race 2 years ago I was inexperienced and I got injured at mile 7 and limped all the way to mile 13.1. I honestly wish I knew what my splits were like that year. I must’ve started off way too quickly and affected my knees. I felt the most excruciating pain which had me traumatized to even attempt this race again.
Overall place: 5742
Gender Place: 1370
Age place: 446
Finish Time: 1:48:18
It was my ﬁrst post-Boston marathon bombing race and of course security was tight. I’m happy that it was arranged that way. NYRR did a great job at organizing the runners the way they did. Sending over 20,000 runners in two waves. I was in wave 2. Each corral had their own portable potty (smelled god awful and ran out of paper rather quickly but worked well to relieve ourselves right on time before we took off).
Talking about things that they don’t tell you about running (I need to write a post about this)… Sometimes you just need to bring your own hand sanitizer.
I woke up that morning and had some carb rich meal with some peanut butter and jogged a mile and a half to the train to take it a few stops over. I dropped my bag off and headed to my corral.
At around 7:35am we were off. It took awhile to navigate through the crowd but my splits showed that I paced well at 8:30, which I wanted. I felt strong. I actually thought that I was going too slow. The park was a breeze because it was what I was used to running. Prospect park is my home park. I breathed well all the way up that infamous climb because I knew it was all downhill out of the park.
When we got out of the park out to ocean parkway, I took a Gu to make sure that I had enough energy. I went a little faster but cautiously because I knew that I was reaching the mile that affected my knees. There was a steady incline for a little and I climbed carefully. Since I’m always worried about dehydrating, I stopped at every ﬂuid station (I kid you not it’s a bad habit). I know it affects my time (thanks to my friends who laugh at this).
Anyway, I did great pace and negative splits all the way to the end thanks to some tips from my coworker Carolyn. I even passed many runners from Wave 1.
Another different thing this year is meeting a great deal of coworkers at my current job who love running. I feel very fortunate for wanting to get better and better at it. I met up with one of them after, Wendy who I’m doing the Tough Mudder with, and we celebrated with a few beers. She also did her personal record! Anyway, next up, Tough Mudder and gosh I’m so happy to get my time on NYRR to be lower than 8:15 pace because I’m so much faster now. Dare to dream. Up next: Tough Mudder.