I ran the More Fitness Magazine Half Marathon in Central Park yesterday! We had perfect (perfect, perfect, perfect!) weather and I ran it with my best friend since seventh grade, whom I corralled, cajoled and somehow convinced to run it with me.
It was her first half marathon and my fifth. Since I may or may not have strong-armed her into signing up in the first place, I ran with her for the entire race at whatever pace she was comfortable with.
Congrats, Pip, on your first (and maybe last, haha) half marathon!
While I didn’t get a “good time” by race standards, I definitely had a good time by my standards (didja like what I did there with the pun?)
Our other best friend Cara (seriously, the three of us have been BFFs for.ev. er- Sandlot Style) came to cheer us on, as well as my dad, Pete and little Perri. It was so fun to have everyone yelling for us at the finish line, we felt like rock stars! Or track stars, I guess…
Heart you girls!
I also had six co-workers who ran the race and everyone finished and (I think) had a great time, which made the coach in me quite happy. I really enjoyed leading training sessions over the past few months in order to get everyone ready for this race and I’m planning on doing it again next year! Go team!
We ran most the course at about a 9:45/mile pace which is significantly slower than what I would typically race at (for a half-marathon, I usually average between 6:30/mile and 7:30/mile, depending on what mile I’m at, ha!)
As much as I loved (LOVED) running with my friend and enjoyed the leisurely feel of the pace, there was a small part of me that missed the true adrenaline rush from racing my hardest and sorta longed for that dead-tired ache that comes from running your heart out.
Which is why I’ve decided to register for the Bronx Half Marathon in August and make the two months leading up to the race all about training, which means doing work-outs like mile repeats (ouch) and hard-core long runs. Imma go balls to the wall because I want to see what I’m capable of!
So, to sum up: Half marathon yesterday, sore today and as always, had a blast.
Have you ever run a half-marathon? Would you consider it? I highly recommend!