As always, the weekend is going by far too fast. But it’s been a great one and I’m going to enjoy the few hours I have left!
Friday after work, Frank and I went out to Pier 3 in Brooklyn to pick up our bibs for the Air B and B NYRR Brooklyn Half. The pre-party presented by New Balance was awesome. They do such a great job with music, mini golf, food trucks and more.
Free Van Leeuwen’s cones–this was the vegan cherry–yum!
After a long walk along the water, we headed back to Manhattan. We ordered some pasta for Piccolo while watching Pitch Perfect. I’d never seen it, it was cute, but I’m not rushing out to see PP2 while it’s in the theaters. Then it was early to bed for our 5:15 wake up call.
When I got up in the morning, I just had to get dressed. I was shocked and thrilled that my outfit color coordinated perfectly. I did nothing to encourage this, as I don’t care about such things, but it was indeed serendipitous.
There was a chance of rain, so I wore the NB race top, under armour capris, a brook’s jacket and my asics <–very brand diverse. I decided to forgo a hat and just took sunglasses. I pinned on my bib, put my gu chomps in my pocket and metro card in my pocket and we were off.
We got on the 5:59 4 train and were getting off at Franklin Ave by 6:22. We basically exited into the metal detectors, which we breezed through. I had a lot of time in the corral before my 7AM start, but the porta potty line was hopeless, so I gave up on that. Even when the BK Half started in the park, the bathroom lines were the worst I’d ever seen. Fortunately, this is the only negative thing I can say about the BK half organization.
Finally, the gun went off and so did I, sort of. I crossed the start line 17 minutes after the gun. The first mile was great. I just wanted things to stay exactly the same for the next 12.1 miles. My first 5K was the fastest at a 9:55 pace. While the next 3 miles felt pretty strong, they were actually my slowest at a sluggish 11 min/mi pace. I tried to enjoy the park since I knew that a whole lot of highway was ahead.
I had only done 3 long runs and the longest was 7 miles, so I knew I would probably want to walk a little bit. I decided to do a modified Galloway method and I walked 15-30 seconds at every water station. If you are going to walk, I think it’s always smart to have a plan, otherwise, you can be walking yourself into a dark hole. Fortunately, the small walk breaks seemed to help my pace, which went back to just over 10 minute miles.
Around mile 9 it started to rain. I don’t usually like running in rain at all, but it actually wasn’t so bad. My Brooks jacket had a hood, which was a lifesaver, even if my sunglasses spent the rest of the race on my head.
Theodora had mentioned in a blog post that the streets go up from A to Z, I remembered this at Ave M and it kept me occupied until we were almost to mile 12. Backing up, around mile 11, I realized that if I kept it together I could finish around my usually time of 2:12-2:14, as opposed to my goal of just finishing under 3:15. My goals was literally just not to be swept up and driven to the finish line, which happens if you fall below a 15 MPH pace. I set the bar real high, I know.
Unfortunately, the last mile was tough. I was mentally falling apart when usually I can summon what’s left inside for the final 1600 meters. I ended up finishing at 2:16:27. While it’s nothing to write home about, I was fine with it. My actually race training will start in June when I start focusing on the NYCM.
The finish had all kinds of fan fare. Even if you only run on the boardwalk for .1 miles, it is really fun and exciting. After exiting the course, I found this guy!
When we finally got home 21 stops on the Q train later, I took a short nap before meeting Frank at the Brazen Fox to watch the Ranger WIN. We lazed about the rest of the day until we met friends for a late dinner at Upland. Thanks for the recommendation Pete Wells.
Sunday started early with a trip to the dog park followed by a trip to Petco. I let Pettitte pick out a bag of treats and he selected a duck and potato combo which he seems to enjoy immensely. I also picked up his usually Blue Buffalo treats, a ball and two other bags of treats. Petco is my new target. Can’t stop at one item.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, Ashley and Bo invited Pettitte to join them for brunch at the Pavilion, which is one of my favorite warm weather spots. The restaurant was so nice about Pettitte, and Ashley managed to snag a table right next to a big patch of grass.
It was a lovely brunch. The iced lattes were to die for and I loved my salad/fry combo.
Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! Summer is off to a great start.