2014 Central Park Half Marathon Race Recap #nycruns
I arrived at my hotel The Hudson 6 am Friday morning. I thought to myself I would be able to do so much because the race was not until Sunday! I have never really gotten out to see much of NY before other than the time when I was born in the Bronx and 5 years ago when me and a friend came up to dance at Cheetahs.
Sadly I was too tiered to do any thing on Friday but pick up my bib, the day I arrived... so with not much sight-seeing accomplished I am disappointed, but decided to extend my stay till Tuesday..or maybe even till Wednesday noon in hopes I can get some more pics of all the cool places here in NYC.
Got lucky and met fitness coach Kaseedeej at packet pickup!
I bought some new running shoes there, but most importantly I am an over pronator and these shoes Nike Lunar Eclipse 4 were matched for my running style via the lady that just did my gait analysis.
After packet pickup I went to my hotel to drop off my goodies then found a cool place to eat!
And bumped into these two beautiful ladies at the bar that were featured in the book Humans of New York.
I could not figure out the train system the next day (Saturday). I spent most of the day lost on the train, but finally made it to the Brooklyn Bridge to take the picture you see above. I guess you can say most of my entertainment came from the subway! I ran into two bands. I have an appreciation for music so I took some pics and even made a short video.
When I final made it to the bridge.... it was getting too dark but along the way I ran into a couple of very revered areas...
And Finally The Brooklyn Bridge!
The locks represent a couple sealing their love for each other in a deeper commitment on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Race Day Sunday!
I set my alarm clock for 5:30am even though the half marathon started at 8 am. Knowing me slip ups happen, I might need that extra time.
K Tape! Not sure on the legitimacy of using this, but I had extras from the last expo I bought it at and I thought why the hell not! I K Taped my bad knee.
The race started a little after 8am. I needed to use the bathroom so luckily the porta johns where located close to the beginning of the race after it had started and with no waiting line! I did not know what to expect as far as a finish, because some things happened. My Garmin did not have enough life to use it as a pacer, and it has been a while since my last race.
The only thing that helps me keep a steady pace during the race is listening to my favorite rock bands Korn and Disturbed. They inspire me to push myself to do my best. I love them point-blank. I did notice I struggled with my pace during the hills. It would have been nice if I could have crushed them, but thankfully it was no were near hilly as my San Francisco race.
There were times during the race that I wondered if I should slow down and run behind someone, but I said to myself "Caroline run your own race, you never know you might be able to keep this pace going so don't be afraid to try." I noticed I have to mentally block out the other runners around me, I feel honestly like distractions slow me down, so I ran to the very far right of the race where it was free rein and I could have space to maneuver.
Mentally I reminded myself of all my ten-mile runs in the past and that gave me the confidence I needed to believe I could finish, because doubts like to creep inside my head. The finish the clock said 2:06, but the official results say 2:04. I grabbed my finisher's t-shirt and medal as quickly as I could to get back to the hotel and recover.