We decided to drive into the city so that way we could use the car afterward to run some errands. We left Hoboken at 6 am, dropped the car off at a parking garage at 6:45, and made the 7 am start just in the nick of time. My goal was to run 8:30 pace miles. I knew if I could do this, then I would be in good shape for a 1:50 HM PR for Wineglass next month.
From the start I immediately noticed a difference in the atmosphere between this run and all the other NYRR races. Usually there are tons of nervous antsy runners and a sense of urgency. Instead everyone was calm and relaxed. No one was pushing to rush to the start line. It was very much a training run. I didn’t bother running the tangents because 1) I didn’t care about the official time and 2) I didn’t want to stress about making my way through the dense crowd of runners. I was locked behind a solid wall of runners for the first mile and half. After that the crowd thinned out a bit, but occasionally I still had to weave my way through runners.
Sunday morning was quite cool at 50 degrees and although I was a bit cold at the start, I was very grateful for the cool temperature while running. At a couple of the water stops I poured a bit of water on my head, but it was nothing like the usual mass dumping that I do in the summer. For the summer races, I always get two cups of water at the stops – one for me to drink and the other to dump on my head.
I was a tad worried at the start of the run because I started to wheeze. I have asthma and although it’s not a problem most of the time, there are moments when it does act up. I had difficulty breathing and Ben very reluctantly left me to go to his corral. I knew if I had a few minutes of quiet, it would get better. I stopped wheezing, but the first mile was probably the hardest mile for me to run. After that my bronchial tubes relaxed and I was able to breathe normally.
I brought some Shot Blocks with me as fuel. I didn’t need any during the run, but I did eat some afterward. As I’m getting to be a better runner, I find that I need less fuel than when I first started. I used to consume almost three packages of Shot Blocks for a half, then it went done to one and half packages, and now I rarely touch it during a half marathon.
I really enjoyed myself during the run. Being surrounded by people makes the run go by faster. When I completed the last mile, I was tired, but not completely exhausted. The pace I ran was a bit faster than my HM PR that I set in the spring. During the Verrazano HM I was really counting down the last few miles. I was exhausted and more than ready to be done. This time I was tired, but still left that I had energy and legs underneath me. I wasn’t distressed. This long run gave me a lot of confidence for Wineglass. I’m really excited to see what I’ll do in early October.
Total time: 1:44