Our official move date is April 21st - less than 2 weeks away! I am very excited about our cross country drive and I am really hoping I can keep up the motivation to blog about it. I've never driven across the US but it's something I've always wanted to do. Right now the agenda includes a visit to the Grand Canyon and a Los Angeles Angeles game :)
Anyhoo, on to the official purpose of this post - my race report!
The Short Story
The short story is that I SMASHED my half marathon PR by 26+ minutes and my met my goal for a sub 1:55 race.
Swag Bag/T-Shirt Review
I picked up my registration and swag bag on Friday. The swag bag was okay, but I was bummed that it was a cotton t-shirt. The race fee was $75 which I think is very high for a road race in Central Park. The costs are minimal and most other NYRR races in the park cost less than half the price. I don't get it... I guess the plus side is the t-shirt is women's specific (as it should be since it is a women's only race) so maybe I will get some use out of it.
The Back Story
My first and only half marathon was in October 2009. I finished that race in 2:20:48 with a pace of 10:44/mile. I ran the entire race, but walked some through the aid stations. At the time I was super proud of that accomplishment.
Now, 18 months later I was set to do my second half marathon. I knew that I could finish under 2 hours, but my true goal was under 1:55. This would require holding at most an 8:47/mile average.
I opted for my long sleeve Smart Wool running shirt and my new CW-X capris. I skipped gloves and stuck with a regular cap instead of my winter running hat. I also taped my shins with KT Tape which worked great.
|Looking a little shell shocked... And this was 20 minutes after I finished...|
Overall, I am extremely happy with this race. I far surpassed my goal and I felt strong and fast. I'm already scouting out some courses in California for my next half marathon!
I was tired and sore after the race. My feet and ankles were tender and I was a bit worried that I might have pushed too hard. I'm happy to report that after taking off Monday and Tuesday I felt 100% better. I did short and easy runs on Wednesday and Thursday. I could feel that my body and my running joints/muscles were tired on Wednesday but by Thursday I was feeling almost back to normal!