So I ran the NYRR Half Marathon on Sunday! Hurray for me, this was my first really long ORGANIZED/TIMED run(other than a Spartan), everything else was just practice. The days leading up tot he race I had such anxiety, up at 2AM, 3AM, and just nervous in general. But I committed to it, so I have to do it right? NO turning back, etc.
As I got up at 3AM on race morning, I set my alarm for 4AM, but I was up around 2AM, and just lay there thinking about what was ahead, I managed to lay there but I did want to get up. I finally got out of bed around 3:45AM, ate, took a long hot shower and off I went.
October was the last race I did–The Men’s Health Urbanathlon! Funny they both started out the same way–FRIGGIN COLD! This morning it had to be below freezing, I decided to wear Skins under my Team RWB shirt. I figured it would warm up a bit during the race so I didn’t want to have a ton of clothes on which I would want to get rid of during the race. Well, I came up snake eyes on that because it never warmed up, I was never actually cold, the perpetual motion kept me warm most of the time.
OF course I would meet Diane and her friend Debra, Diane seems to know EVERYONE. I can’t even count the number of people I have met thru Diane and still are friends with and yet I only see Diane maybe once or twice a year. As soon as we met I suggested we just huddle–it was so damn cold, that was probably the best 2 minutes prior to the race, it would have gotten weird if we continued to stand there hugging much longer.
We were in wave three, so we started around 8:20AM, I believe. Started around 66th St or so I wasn’t sure, but as we went out, had a great mix of songs and I found the first few songs really got me going, I actually had to temper my pace as I know this was a 1/2 marathon, I didn’t want to blow up early. The crowds cheering were great, all the funny signs and all the great NYers, they’re the best. Look no matter what they say about us New Yorkers, in the end we show up for the show and give it our all, spectator and competitor alike.
Now I hadn’t run in about 2 weeks, as most of my friends know–I HATE RUNNING, but running is one of those symbolically ‘thumb my nose’ at the sport things for me, I have to do it even though I hate it! I shouldn’t say I hate it, but since I’m not good at it–I hate it; on the flip side I have to practice to be good at it right? OK, NOTE TO SELF PRACTICE MORE!
So I ran all the way up thru Harlem, when we made the turn at the circle, I kept going then we hit Harlem Hill, like the old days with the bike I slowed down to a crawl, so much so I decided to walk up the hill; it seemed like I was walking as fast as some people were running. Karamjeet had told me about a technique of running a mile and walking a mile, I didn’t quite do that, but as with Spartan races, I did slow it down when the terrain went uphill…
There were more and more people on the course, mind you we hadn’t even left the park yet, we were now going down west drive toward the exit to run down 7th Avenue. So many people, and so many spectators, it really gave me a little lift under ‘my wings.’ We were probably about an hour into the race and in the back of my mind I was thinking man the pros have already finished and are having a beer!
When we finally exited the park, we were running dow 6th Ave? The streets were filled with people, I wanted to walk a little but I couldn’t it was as if the people gave me energy to keep going. It really was an awesome feeling
and I couldn’t stop. We rounded the corner at Times Square towards the West Side Highway and there seemed to be more people all cheering us on! I continued to run towards the West Side Highway, I was nervous because it was still cold and now we’d be running along the water with a headwind–WTF! I kept going, I won’t lie, I did walk a little probably about 1/2 mile in total just to catch my breath I knew I wanted to be running to the finish line. As I pass the Freedom Tower, I couldn’t help but get choked up as I couldn’t believe I’m almost at the end of this thing and I’M STILL ALIVE AND FEELING GOOD. 2 years ago I was watching it on TV and wishing I could do it and here I am DOING IT!
I crossed the line at 2:35:13, I didn’t break any land speed records but I FINISH! So now that my Half PR (Personal Record), next time I will break the two hour mark. If I go by that pace then I should be doing a full marathon in just over 5-6 hours, hmmmm
See you at a marathon coming soon….