NYC Half-Marathon Recap

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.

NYC 1/2 Marathon Breakfast

And then I pinned on my race number, attached my timing chip, and got ready to run! 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.

Nike Lunaracers

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
Distance 13.1 Miles
Time 1:35:10.00
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
Overall Place 1094
Age Place 72

NYC Half Marathon

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.

Clif bar and an apple

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.

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!

One Lucky Duck

I watched some of Amy’s bread be pulled straight out of the oven.

Amy's Bread]

And saw the cutest baby vegetables at the produce market.

Baby Vegetables

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.

Cous Cous

I had two bowls topped with hummus.

Cous Cous

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!

Teff Cookies

I had many of these cookies throughout the day.

Teff Cookies

Thanks for all of the supportive race day comments, tweets, and facebook messages. xoxo

And big congrats to Katie, Sofia, Dori, and Ashley who also ran the race yesterday!!

What was your favorite moment of the weekend?

  • Waaay well done on the awesome time!! My weekend highlight was my own half marathon – the toughest one I’ve ever done. Hot and hilly (which I’m not used to), so I was mega proud of myself for finishing 😀 I got a slow 1hr50, but I felt SO brilliant at the end 🙂
    Gotta love running!

  • Ohhhh MAJOR congratulations!! That is an absolutely amazing time and how awesome that you beat not only your PR but your goal time! Well done love!

    You must have felt like you were walking on clouds all day!

    Highlight of my weekend: a much more conservative and relaxed 4 miles in the sun and a slap up meal out for my birthday.

  • I think my favorite weekend moment was seeing you just after you finished. The huge smile on your face made my day 😀

  • Aww, kick ass!! This makes me so happy. You are really in tremendous shape, and it is so gratifying to feel GOOD during a hard effort. Yay! Still ready to race next weekend?!
    The best part of my weekend, while not as cool as yours, was probably spending all Sunday outside at a frisbee tournament. I’m sunburned today, but it’s all good.
    p.s. – You have a friend named Saturday?

  • Way to go, Megan! Looks like a great run with a PR and a fantastic weekend.

    My favorite moment of the weekend – too hard to figure out. Love when weekends are beautiful!

  • Holy freaking cow girl! You are so speedy! Congratulations on such a FUN race and a PR to boot! Highlight of my weekend was hiking with my boyfriend

  • Holy moly lady, you were flying! Congrats on setting a new PR!!!

    A pancake breakfast and One Lucky Duck (those quackers are so freaking good) seems like the perfect finish.

    Completing the race was the highlight of my weekend!

  • nice job! you are amazing!! i totally admire your capability!

  • wow GREAT JOB!! dang you are a beast!!

    okay so i have a race on saturday! you suggest the best pre run bfast is toast w. pb and naner?? 2 pieces or one?

  • Maureen

    AWESOME JOB on getting a new PR!!!!!
    I completely admire you!

  • Morgan

    Congrats on the PR!!!!! The race was fantastic! I took your advice and picked up some Lunar Racers-LOVE THEM! Thanks and congrats again!

  • sweet recap – congrats on your PR! not sure how you managed to have a normal sunday (walking around, etc.) afterward – i was BEAT and basically lounged around until dinner, which was conveniently located five blocks from my house!

    also, you’re lucky to have spectators who double as cooks. looks like a yum post-race-pancake par-tay.

  • Adj

    (1) CONGRATULATIONS!! Way to nail that time, too 🙂

    (2) Highlight of the weekend was visiting my sister and a good friend in NYC. We found a bar that’s an homage to New Zealand called Nelson Blue, and finally had some draft Steinlager.

  • Great great time! My favorite moment was probably discover coconut milk chocolate peanut butter ice cream; I think that one is self explanatory 😉

  • Kacey

    great job on running an awesome race and congrats on the half pr, you rock!

  • Well done on the half marathon!! I’m so impressed by your time. I get headaches after long runs also, and find that Smart Water, milk and Vitamin Water throughout the day works wonders.

  • Woohoo! You rock! That’s amazing that you set a new PR. Your post 1/2 treats really hit the spot I bet.

  • Congrats on your new PR!
    My favorite moment of the weekend was just sitting on my porch and reading on Saturday afternoon.

  • Congrats lady! What an amazing time and it sounds like you had a wonderful race day. Those are simply the best!

  • how awesome! Congrats on your PR!! Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! I hope the high lasts throughout the week.

    Those cookies look/sound delicious. I’m definitely going to give them a try. Gotta love a healthy cookie!

    Congrats again!

  • what an amazing race. great times! it looks like a fun day, i still haven’t been to OLD in Chelsea Market. see you soon i hope.

  • Congrats on your record – that is an amazing time!

    Sounds like a perfect day!

  • Sarah

    Hi Megan! I love your blog, but never commented before. I recently got into running and ran my first half a few weeks ago (Disney Princess!) and I just signed up for my first MARATHON (Chicago)! I love all of your running tips and you are a great inspiration and motivation for me! Awesome job this weekend!! 😀

  • Oh, congratulations sooo much! I really want to do a half marathon this summer.

    I would LOVE to see you break three hours at NYC this fall lol…I know that’s far away, but when I saw your 1:35 half I thought, ‘Wow, she can totally run a three hour marathon!’ Does your pace deteriorate a lot in the second half? I’ve never raced over 10K, so perhaps I’m underestimating the marathon.

    That must have been a very deep field for you to have placed 72nd in your age group.

    congrats! congrats!

  • ^
    Sorry if that comment sounded a little creepy…I’m a little nerdy when it comes to running, training, PRs, etc…

  • Well hello, Speedy Gonzalez! Amazing time… I’m so happy for you 🙂

  • I am ridiculously happy for you!!!!!

  • Congratulations!!!!! Wow what a fantastic time- you must feel like you have wings when you run 🙂 My favorite part of the weekend was crossing the finish line in the half I ran…and then seeing my best friend cross too 🙂

  • congrats on that amazing time!! i think you win for best refuel – a stack of pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and one lucky duck? um, yummmm!

  • Congrats on the race!! I used to have the same problem with headaches after 10 mi+ runs, but so long as I make a big fruit smoothie afterwards it isn’t an issue bc it hydrates me really well.

    So good meeting you on Saturday!! Hopefully we can get together sometime for a run!

  • Ada

    Awesome time girl! Congratulations:)

  • ida

    wow- what a blazing time! Congrats-all your winter training really paid off. makes me want to get out there and run hard too:)

  • Awesome job! Congrats on the new PR. I am also trying to break 1:37!

  • Wow – well done on the amazing time! I think it will take me years until i get to your pace!

  • Congrats on your new PR! You’re amazing lady:)

  • Congrats on your PR!!

    My favorite moment from the weekend was relaxing on my day off on Sunday! There is nothing better…than doing nothing 🙂

  • Incredible PR, lady! I’m so, so, so impressed that you were able to do negative splits for a race that lengthy. You’re my running rock-star!

    It also looks like you refueled remarkably well. I think pancakes make for the ideal celebratory food (next to cake). The Chelsea Market is foodie paradise, and I’m not biased because I share the same name. 🙂

    Favorite moment from the weekend was probably catching up with an old friend in the glorious sunshine while watching the canines in the Tompkin’s Square dog park.

  • you are my running queen, my dear megan. i cannot believe how freaking phenomenal you are – in both your racing and eating all that delicious food after!

  • Congrats on your great race! I am so excited to hear you report great results, but also that you felt the joy of the run. You go girl! 🙂

  • Wow – outstanding time! Congrats – that’s amazing.

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes sound so delicious – and seriously one of my favorite things about running is the fact that I can eat and eat and not feel terrible. I’m really impressed that you run without headphones, I think that it takes a lot of focus and true love for the sport to be able to do that – hopefully something that I can one day achieve! Great to meet you the other day at Leslie’s by the way and hopefully we can do it again soon!

  • Lauren

    That is simply an AMAZING time! Congrats! I’ll be happy to finish my first half in under 2 hours…good for you!

  • Yay – congratulations!!!! You totally rocked it.

  • Wow, that’s amazing! Congrats on the PR! You’re a friggin’ trooper and totally inspiring.

    My favorite weekend moment was when I woke up Saturday thinking I’d be able to plant some stuff in my garden and looked out the window to see 10 inches of snow. Dang!

  • Congrats on your 13.1 PR!

  • Congratulations on your new PR!!!!
    Awesome job 🙂

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