I set out to run the Long Island half as a training run for Brooklyn, that little training run ended up being a PR so I now had even higher expectations for this race. I went in with no sleep, was up at 4:30 in the car by 5 barely making it to the start on time...and I had to pee...bad!
|Picture me in between these guys (image via google)|
Ok, back to the running. I did manage to PR (2:08) but it was a tough race for me! The last few miles were torturous, not at all like LI when I breezed through the last 3 miles. I was struggling, but I managed to keep my pace somewhat steady and I kept reminding myself that I could do it. Once we entered into the Coney Island section of Ocean Parkway I knew I was golden and that the PR was going to happen - now the question was by how much I would PR (2 minutes!!!) I didn't care though, it was hot, I was done and I wanted the race to be over.
I have to say, although the 2nd part of the race was pretty boring (Ocean Ave for like 6 miles) it was so fun to run this race. Ending on the Coney Island boardwalk was a blast and really energizing. I will definitely run this again, unless of course NYRR changes the course distance like they did for Queens and the Bronx which has really made me super mad (sorry NYRR, I considered unfriending you but instead liked someone else s nasty post about the changes). I LOVE the half mary distance and was planning on KILLING Queens since I had such a crappy run last year. Oh well.
This week I've been taking it easy, I have a slight head cold and I'm running the Long Beach 10 miler on Sunday. I squeaked in 2.5 miles before work so that was good and a run on Monday after work, better than nothing.