I’m backkkkk! And I have a new 1/2 marathon PR- 1:35:10! I feel so lucky to be back in racing shape.
Sunday started early with a 5:30am wake-up call. I had my usual pre-race breakfast: coffee, toast, peanut butter, and sliced banana.
And then I pinned on my race number, attached my timing chip, and got ready to run! MarathonGuide.com has a great pace-bracelet making tool. It’s a smart option for longer races when your brain has to focus on more important things than math. I printed a pace band with my 1:37 time goal.
After a 1.5 mile warm-up and a bathroom break, I made my way to the start corral. I don’t remember the last time I was so excited and nervous for a race! I saw some familiar faces and teammates in my corral and that calmed my nerves a bit. At 7:30am, the race began. I stuck to my plan and remained conservative for the first few miles. After mile 5 I started to pick up the pace. Once we exited Central Park at mile 8, I started to gain more confidence and I sped up even more. By the time we hit West Side Highway I was really movin’. Sometime around mile 11 I realized how much FUN I was having. I feel so lucky to have found an activity that makes me so happy and gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. The last mile was tough, but I felt strong throughout the whole race and was able to post negative splits. Anddd my last few miles were around 6:45 pace (that was my 5K race pace!).
I was also happy with the level of focus that I maintained. For serious races, I don’t run with an ipod. It’s a personal decision, but I’ve found that I can pay better attention to my pace and form without distraction. However, I did pump myself up with some Jay-Z during breakfast….
I finished in 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 10 seconds (~7:16 pace). That’s 1 minute and 18 seconds faster than my previous 1/2 marathon PR (Brooklyn 2008). Whee!
|Race Name||NYC 1/2 Marathon|
|Warm Up||1.5 miles|
|Splits||5K- 23:00 (7:23 pace), 10K- 45:47 (7:22 pace), 15K- 1:08:26 (7:20 pace), 20k- 1:31:08 (7:19 pace)|
|Cool Down||1 mile|
|Pace Per Mile||7:15.88|
Although my calves are a bit sore today, the lunaracers served me well during the half-marathon. I love these shoes! They make me feel fast. I’m still not sure if I’d wear them for a full-marathon though – they have very minimal support/cushioning and 26.2 miles is a long way. Luckily I have 7 months to decide!
Post-race I cooled-down for a mile and then refueled with an apple, clif bar, and un-photographed cup of hot chocolate.
And then the best race spectators ever (Alma and Saturday) made a big batch of pumpkin-chocolate chip pancakes.
I had four pumpkin-chocolate chip pancakes topped with syrup and peanut butter. Yum!
I sometimes get headaches after long runs and races and I think it has to do with dehydration/electrolyte imbalance. To remedy my headache, I downed a bunch of water and then had some Stonyfield yogurt (potassium!) and organic cheerios.
And then I met up with some friends to explore Chelsea Market. I stopped by One Lucky Duck for a bunny juice (carrots, apple, and fresh ginger – spicy!) And a bag of raw rosemary quackers. Holy moly, these were $$$. I hope they’re good!
I watched some of Amy’s bread be pulled straight out of the oven.
And saw the cutest baby vegetables at the produce market.
After my market explorations, I headed home. My legs were feeling t-i-r-e-d. Luckily, I had cous cous salad leftover from Saturday evening. It was a simple meal, but yummy. I cooked some cous cous and then tossed it with diced cucumber, onion, a can of chickpeas, feta cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
I had two bowls topped with hummus.
And for dessert? Teff Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Terry Walter’s amazinggg cookbook Clean Food. These cookies are gluten-free, vegan, and have a simple ingredient list. The texture of teff can take some getting used to, but I really like it! Teff, an Ethiopian staple, is high in iron, protein, and fiber. Perfect for healthy runners!
I had many of these cookies throughout the day.
Thanks for all of the supportive race day comments, tweets, and facebook messages. xoxo
What was your favorite moment of the weekend?