2018 NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon

Date: May 19, 2018

A rainy day but a great day for running the streets of Brooklyn. The forecast called for 80-100% chance of rain heading into race day so we were all prepared except for baggage pickup, more on that later.

Race start was at 7am so Anh and I made it to Brooklyn at 6 to park the car and get to bag check and our corrals. We found parking about 1.5 miles from the start so this was ideal for a warmup run. I made sure to pack extra black heavy duty garbage bags and regular shopping bags to be my shelter while waiting for the gun start. I used the black bags to cover my body and tied my shoes with the shopping bags. For my head, I used a race provided bag. I was for sure sheltered from the rain and kept warm and dry especially my shoes.

My race goal time was 1:35 with only MAF base training. I am a huge advocate for MAF training, It has kept me injury free for over two years now and given my past history of having knee surgery I am not huge of speed interval training. Tempo I love.

Throughout the entire run, I kept a steady pace and effort. The rain was ideal for keeping my core temperature down. There would be no need to drenching myself at aid stations with supplied water.

I cannot iterate enough how much I love this course.

 

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We start at the Grand Army Plaza outside the Brooklyn Museum then enter Prospect Park. The course takes us out of the park at mile 7. Upon entering Ocean Parkway it’s a straight line to Coney Island.

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Finished the race at 1:42, seven minutes shy of my race goal. This number does not deter my pure satisfaction with my energy and performance on the day. I finished knowing that I had more left in the tank for at least 5 miles more at that pace. This is encouraging heading into NYC marathon training which starts at the end of July.

 

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Oh about bag check. It took me 40 minutes to retrieve my bag as it was still being retrieved and sorted at the finish. Brrrrr!

 

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