Brooklyn Half Marathon is one of my favorite race, it is early in the year but not too early. It is right before the summer so it gets me pump for what laid ahead. This race has a great route through Brooklyn. Prospect Park it is usually one the best site of the whole race and of course Coney Island (finish line) where everyone is usually waiting so there is plenty of expectant. It is well run and it is massive, the biggest half marathon in the country.
I often complain that I am never ready because I often compare myself with Olympian Linette from the year 2000. I often feel like the training is not consistent enough for me to do good but good enough to finish without dying. My mind is set to when I was 16 or 17 years old and I was able to train twice a day and nap in between, well at 33 and running and training for triathlon comes secondary, my boys come first. But it is still hard for me to get my mind set to “present” the day of the race.
This half marathon was no exception, I try to go into it with the mind set of “just have fun” “just finish”. I did a lot of “wrong” things before race day, such as only one long run 4 weeks before race day. Party the night before. Drink alcohol, well a beer the night before and I wear heals and went to be past midnight. Not really a typical things for me before race day. But when I started running, none of that really matter. I just couldn’t slow down the pace so when I got out the park at mile 7 or 8 I told myself to keep going and see if you can finish the same way you started. By mile 11 I couldn’t believe that I was still running strong and with no sign of slowing down. I am super competitive and when I saw my watch for the first time since mile 2 and notice that I could in fact PR, I couldn’t hold myself back… so I didn’t.
I have run this race 3 years in the row and I have always PR but I was super excited to find that I have indeed PR again but by 5 minutes, faster time EVER!!
The Next Day: I have run a full marathon before and I have never felt this sore. My thighs were super sore, so much that I couldn’t squad. Took Sunday off but jump right into training that Monday with a nice 15 miles ride with some nasty hills.
I am looking forward to the next race and hopping to maintain the level of excitement and hopefully keeping the training going. Next race is Flat as a Pancake and it is the first triathlon of the season. This one is right on my home turf and I know I won’t make podium but it just a quick and fun race with a bunch of team mates.
“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~Lolly Daskal~
Till next time,