If I had known I was going to have gas left in the tank at the finish line, I wouldn’t have been so conservative with my pace earlier in the race. Admittedly, I can’t shake the discouraged attitude and doubt I have coming back from baby. I held on to my reserves as protection, waiting to hit a wall that never came.
M finished in slightly over an hour. Averaging a little under 10 minutes a mile throughout the race, he thought he was golden, but he failed to account for how long it would take to finish the last 1/5 of a mile. Throughout the rest of weekend he’d randomly bring up how pissed he was about not breaking an hour.
The NY weather was a sunny, crisp 60 degrees at the start, and was a welcome change to what we’re used to training in. The course is notoriously difficult which is what brings in the big name athletes from around the country. Ryan Hall set the course record in 2006.
Almost 4,500 runners participated. Katie McGregor and Heidi Westerling took 1st and 2nd in the women’s race….. 33:12 and 34:00 respectively. Blazing fast. Mohmed Trafeh and Jason Lemkuhle took 1-2 in the men’s race. It was cool to see these elite runners in person. I wanted to feed them a hamburger.
I have plenty of room for improvement, but my confidence has been given a boost. I bit the bullet and officially registered for a half-marathon on October 31st.
After the race we knocked back a couple Michelob Ultras at the beer tent. Every race needs one of those. Empty stomach + dehydration + beer = one loopy runblondie26.
Div Place: 21/260
Overall Place: 677/4,448