How often is it you get to run with 10, 241 of your closest friends(OK, I never knew any of them) down 7th Ave. into Times Square?
I did the inaugural New York City Half Marathon this morning, and it was great. The picture to the left isn't so great because I was actually running when I took it as we headed down 7th towards Times Square,
It wasn't a great NY Summers Day, although if you watch the Mens elite/pro's in this video there doesn't seem to be any rain, by the time we came to exit the park after about 7.5-miles, it started raining and poured as we went down 7th, into Times Square but eased off as we went out to the West Side Highway.
Given what has become a systemmatic lack of preperation, I wasn't surprised to start fading around 10-miles, I had hoped(as usual) to beat my PB, I don't know why though since I hadn't run anything over 8-miles in serious training, and only one long-slow run of 10-miles since much earlier in the year.
Given my feet were wet from both the rain and the puddles on the NYC Streets, I wasn't surprised to have a couple of blisters at the end. What was surprising was the food available after the race. Apples and the well known food of champions popsicles. Over all I'm really pleased to have done this race, but it needs some work before next years.
For a start, I never got a race t-shirt. When I went to register Saturday afternoon all them had were a big pile of XXL mens shirts and an abundance of womens shirts. While I'm sure that a few XXL men must have done the race, they clearly messed up on the t-shirt ordering. Lots of guys very unhappy... after all this wasn't some cheap local race run by a small club. The was the worlds largest running club(their claim) with Nike as a title sponsor and the regsitration held at Nike Town in mid-town Manhattan. How could they get the shirts so wrong ? An really, outside the USA if you buy bagels, they are sold as NY Deli style bagels. A bagel would have been nice yesterday, cold and wet, a popsicle wasn't a good idea...
Stats for the day@
10k: 1:02:53(33:03 5k)
Finish Positon: 6,8677th
My race via Motionbased.com
NYC road Runners video link
NY1 Video report
ABC Seven report and video
Next up, Montrial Triathlon Festival, Olympic Distance race, September 16th