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Great day to be running a half marathon in Brooklyn. Loved the weather conditions in Prospect Park. Anh and I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast which she prepared. Thanks baby! All our gear prep was done the night before. My hydration fluids were accelerade and water. Shoes – Nike Lunaracer+ which I bought specifically for Brooklyn. In training they worked and felt perfect. I took 2 gels which I didn’t use today. I have been using accelerade for the past month and haven’t felt the need to use my gels on runs. We left home to catch the N train at 4:30am. Transferred to the Q at 57th to Prospect Park at about 5:20am.
Arriving at a race early is priceless. There weren’t any lines at the potties. We took advantage. Twice .
We were seeded in the 3rd corral “yellow”. Runners were excited. I have been looking forward to Brooklyn for a few months now.
Borough President, Marty Makowitz, wished all of us good luck. Anthem. Then the sound of the horn started us off. NYRR delivered a very organized race today. Plenty of water and Gatorade this time around. Volunteers thumbs up as always.
My training coming in was superb. I stuck to a plan of quality not quantity mentality. Track, hill repeats, tempo and the weekend “long run”. It all paid off and I began ripping the benefits early on in the race (maybe too early at mile 3 I was flying at 7:29 pace per mile). Just had to slow down at that point. Crash and burn was not an option today.
My two rounds of Prospect Park felt like a breeze. It was all smooth sailing through the hills, flats and downhills.
On our exit to Ocean Parkway I felt fresh and knew I could keep a sub 8:00 minute pace to the finish.
As Anh says running down Ocean Parkway can be mental. At times it pretty much felt like a treadmill run. So I just focused on my rhythm and pacing.
Last 3 miles I stepped up on the acceleration a bit and got extra motivation with my passing of other runners. The cheering in Prospect Park was incredible.
Approaching the broadwalk at Coney Island only drew me into overdrive. I manuvered on the broadwalk in a trampoline fashion to finish off strong with a very satisfying PR. Great day of racing. Until next year.
P.S. I love my Fuel Belt!!!!!!
My official time: 1:42:20 (PR by about 9 minutes from last year)
Anh 1:43:02 (fantastic job babe!)
Brooklyn Half Marathon Map
Brooklyn Half Marathon Elevation
The Brooklyn Half Checklist
Here’s what you need to know before the Brooklyn Half:
- The race starts at 7:00 a.m. Runners should be in their corrals by 6:50 a.m.
- The weather forecast predicts a warm day. Read our heat tips.
- There are NO shuttle buses from Coney Island to the start. While parking is available at MCU Park in Coney Island, runners must take the subway to start. [Transportation Info]
- Make sure your scoring D-Tag is attached correctly. The D-Tag should be shaped like a D and looped through one lace only. [Video]
- Runners must use the clear plastic drawstring bag given to them at number pickup for baggage service. No other bags will be accepted. Runners are advised to check their bag by 6:30 a.m.
- Join us after the race for the Brooklyn Beach Party.
- And don’t forget to grab your Brooklyn Half coupon book and get beautiful, baby! Brooklyn rocks! [Coupon Details]
This week’s construction project was to skim coat and paint a kitchen wall. I applied 2 coats of joint compound to the wall. Allowed the wall 2-3 hours drying time between coats. The following day I sanded and applied 2 coats of finish paint (Farrow & Ball Eco-Friendly paint – “Down Pipe” eggshell) to the wall. While sanding the area was adequately sealed using plastic drop clothes to limit any dust from getting through the client’s apartment.
Cyclists call a hundred-mile stretch a “century” and consider riding one to be a signal accomplishment, their sport’s equivalent of running a marathon. More than a thousand cyclists race in the Montauk Century each May, but don’t consider it a missed opportunity. Riding to The End is more fun when you can take a friend and stop to eat when you’re hungry. It’s a relatively straight shot down the pancake-flat Montauk Highway, and if you choose a day with the breeze at your back, you’ll sail through one hundred of the most enjoyable miles in the Northeast.
Article continues at the New York Magazine.
Training is wrapping up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon next week, Saturday May 22nd. I will be tapering next week leading to the race. This will be my second Brooklyn Half. One of my race highlights of the year. The race will take runners twice around Prospect Park then onto Coney Island via Ocean Parkway. My finish time last year was 1:51:19.
Prospect Park Map
Prospect Park Elevation
Brooklyn Half Marathon race info.
Brooklyn Half Marathon course map.