Yesterday, I ran the NYRR United NYC Half Marathon! It was my third half marathon race, but the first time I ran in NYC. I was very excited and the weather ended up being in the mid-30s and sunny, which is a perfect winter day for running.
Going into this race, I had a few goals:
1. Just to finish. Signing up for, training for, and finishing a half marathon are all major accomplishments in and of themselves! I’m proud of myself just for trying and getting stronger as each week of training passed by.
Picture of Times Square as I was running thru! The race announcers joked that this was the fastest you’d ever the thru there, and the only time as a NYer that you’d *want* to go to Times Square!
2. Beat my best half marathon time. I ran my first half marathon in 2:12:31, which is a 10:06 min/mile pace. The second half marathon ended up being canceled half way thru due to excessive heat and humidity, and runners that finished afterwards did not get an official time. Both runs were Summerfest’s Rock ‘n Sole–which I highly recommend if you’re in Milwaukee. This goal leads me to point #3…
A friend surprised me by coming to Times Square early to see me run! She captured this shot as I zoomed by.
3. Run in under 2:05 hours (which is 9:33 min/mile pace). I thought this would be fairly easy, since my training runs were at that pace or faster (I averaged a low/mid-9 pace on my long runs).
4. Run in under 2:00 hours (which is 9:09 min/mile pace). This one would be a stretch for me, but I thought with the adrenaline of the day and people around me, that I could do it…
And I did! 1:59:25! 😀
I realized early on that my phone was under counting the miles, and was over a half mile ahead of the course halfway thru. Which meant the pacing was very off. I had a “fancy” pace wristband, so using the time from my running app, I was able to approximate my actual pace. I pushed myself during the last few miles (so close! only a few more miles and minutes to go!), and then very hard thru the last half mile, to say that I tried my hardest to finish under 2 hours. I didn’t feel the greatest right after finishing, but I’m so proud of myself for accomplishing a goal I thought was slightly out of reach.
But now what will my goals be for the next one? 😉