Race phrase: The faster you run, the sooner you’re done!
Pre-race preparation: This weekend was pretty low-key as we were busy getting ready for our big trip. Saturday was spent running errands and staying in for the night, which is the perfect preparation for a race. We had homemade nachos for dinner (which is actually the meal I ate the night before my first marathon!).
Surprisingly, I didn’t have to get up super early for this race despite it being in Staten Island. I did get up at 6 in order to catch the 7 a.m. ferry. Breakfast was a piece of toast with peanut butter and some water.
It was nice to meet up with Dayna at the ferry terminal and later on, Kara. We were there pretty early so it was pretty chill as we stretched and chatted about everything under the sun (err, clouds since those inevitably moved in).
Actual race: Coming off a 60+ mile week, my legs were definitely feeling it. I didn’t specifically train for this race nor did I have any specific goals. It would have been nice to PR, but knowing my body, there wasn’t going to be a good chance of that happening.
For the actual race, I felt pretty good… my mind and body were tired and some of my motivation was keeping myself going so I could get back home to rest sooner (little did I know the rest of the day would be all about the packing!). Somehow, I completely missed the mile marker for the second mile. Oops.
I brought some Gu Chomps with me which I ate around mile 5 and mile 9. Once we hit mile 5, I felt like I was finally falling into my stride and my legs were waking up. But then, since it was an out-and-back course, I saw the ginormous hill that we had to conquer around mile 9ish. It was huge. But hills only make you stronger, right?!
It seemed like the last three miles lasted forever. But I continued to push myself at the same pace, just under 8 minute miles. Suddenly we were at the 13 mile marker, and like the marathon, the last .1 seemed to take forrrrevvvveerrrrr.
What I loved: The only other time I have been to Staten Island was to start the ING NYC Marathon. I really think running is a great way to get to know a new city or a place. Now that I’ve experienced the area, I want to come back!
I also love how NYRR organized the course… while the first part may seem boring (we were running through warehouse area), it felt like we had a great tour of the island and visited everything from the Main Street to residential areas to waterfront to warehouse areas. We also got to stare at the beautiful Manhattan skyline throughout the race.
I think my next goal is to PR and take a half marathon seriously… and most likely, the next half that I run will be the NYC Half! Woo woo!
Time: Considering how exhausted my whole body felt, I was pretty happy with my time of 1:43.15, which works out to a 7:53 pace.
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