It’s been a week and a half since the NYC Half and I figure it’s high time I post a recap. Per usual, you can find my race calendar on the right sidebar (click for recap).
Dare I say, the NYC Half is one of my most favorite half marathons to date. You guys know that I don’t get all that hyped up for 13.1. It just doesn’t do it for me like 26.2 does. As I’ve talked about before, the half marathon distance typically isn’t in my radar. Probably because I went straight from 5 and 10ks to the marathon. And once you start running marathons, nothing compares. Not even getting a crazy 1:40 half PR….ok, who am I kidding? The day I ran that PR was pretty damn amazing.
But the NYC was just plain fun. Sure, it was absolutely freezing at the start
But it was beautiful morning and I had some great conversations with runners in my corral (#4)
And just like always, the FI was there. He took a cab up to Central Park with me at 6am so he could wait with me at the corrals and then booked it to the South Street Seaport so he could be at the finish line. My only complaint? They closed the corrals at 7am and the race didn’t start until 7:30am so we had to stand there for 30 minutes. There were about 5 porta potties in my corral but still. In all my years of running races, I’ve never come across that policy before (not even in the really big marathons!)
On to the run. The first 6.2 miles in Central Park were relatively hilly but for some reason they just flew by. I know my pace would’ve been much faster especially considering how fast my training runs have been the past few months, but I really enjoyed running in the Park. It was one of those days where my mind was occupied (I was thinking about the gorgeous gowns I had tried on the day before 🙂 ) AND my playlist was on point. Every single song that came on was just…so…perfect.
Case in point. All of the Lights by Kanye West. Couldn’t have planned it any better, but it came on right as I was running through Times Square.
No, I’m not in that shot since I’m growing a conscience about posting copyrighted marathonfoto thumbnails. You can see my race photos (including all the really awful ones LOL) here: http://www.marathonfoto.com/Half-Marathon/NYRR-NYC-Half-Marathon-2013/LastName/mitchell/BibNumber/4420/offering/myMarathonfotos/RaceOID/26812013W6/Language/en
After Times Square the course was pretty boring. We took a sharp right on 42 street and then ran south on the West Side Highway. Nothing too exciting there. Running on a highway. There were some crowds but not many so. The upside? It was flat as a pancake, so who am I to complain?
The final mile was all in a tunnel so it was dark and, oh yeah, have I said boring yet? I also lost my Garmin satellite signal in the tunnel. As soon as we came back out though we only had 800 meters (read: .5 mile) until the finish.
And that’s a wrap on the NYC Half. I was happy to get a bib for such a coveted race and am still looking forward to checking NYC Marathon off my bucket list (the last and only big U.S. marathon I haven’t run yet!). Note to self: train for Central Park hills.
Next up? I’m considering the Cville Half Marathon although–and I’m really sorry to say this on such a public forum–but I’m not all that happy about supporting the Cville Running Company. I’d rather support the other, non-profit running business in town. But we’ll see what happens, it’ll probably be a game time decision. Oh, and the Decker’s Creek Half in WV. I ran that in 2010 and I’m going to do it again this year 🙂
Ever run a race in NYC (marathon, half, 10k, 5k) or heck have you ever just walked all over the city?
Time to shout it out: what races are on your calendar this spring and summer?