Hello! I’ve been running around like a crazy person the past few months so I’m just going to give you one giant race recap. I’m sure I’ll miss something but here it goes…
This past weekend I ran the ING New York City Marathon! Probably one of the coolest/hardest races I’ve done. Around mile 24 I was questioning my ability to run a marathon but I managed to finish and beat my best marathon time by 2 minutes!
NYC Marathon finish time: 4:02:55 PR!
This race was full of amazing spectators and crazy hills. The course was beautiful and it was so inspiring! So happy I had the opportunity to run this race and I hope that I have the pleasure of doing it again someday.
Thank you NYC and my good friends Crystal and Greg for taking such good care of me this weekend. You’re the best!
A few notes about the race/course:
1. Bring warm clothes to the start! You will be waiting for up to 4 hours until you enter your corral and start running.
2. The race starts on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and it was super windy and cold. I thought I had frost bite. (source)
3. Mile 15 (which is also a bridge) will make or break you mentally and physically. Make sure to save some of your energy to push yourself at through this part.
4. Look around, take in the crowds, and enjoy yourself! You’re running one of the best marathons in one of the best cities.
5. You walk for about 20 plus minutes after you finish. Once you get to the family reunion area, it’s very crowded. I finished at 2:35pm and didn’t get back to Brooklyn until almost 5pm. Crazy crowded.
Some photos from the weekend:
Detroit Half Marathon
Detroit half marathon finish time: 1:49:46 PR!
In between Chicago and New York I ran the Detroit half marathon. This race was so pretty and so well organized. The course starts in downtown Detroit. You run the Ambassador Bridge into Canada (breathtaking views). You proceed to run through Windsor, Canada and then run the tunnel back into downtown Detroit through the city streets. If you live near Michigan and can find a way to run this race you should definitely do it! You can choose from the marathon, International half marathon, US half marathon, or 5k race.
Chicago Marathon finish time: 4:04:59
Chicago was so awesome this year, like every year. It’s the best course because it’s mostly flat and fast. Again, I had a great experience and can’t wait to run it again next year!
If there’s one thing you should know about runners it’s whether we are having the best race ever or the worst race ever, we will always pose for pictures with huge smiling, happy faces. I’m borderline miserable in at least half of my running pictures.
I’m doing a 10 mile training run this weekend then I’m off to Las Vegas next weekend for the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon! I’ll be running this race with a friend so I’m pretty excited!
RnR Las Vegas – November 17, 2013
The Chiller 5k & 10K Trail Run - December 7, 2013
Universal Sole Trail Challenge – December 15, 2013
Frozen Gnome 50k & 10k Trail Run – January 11, 2013
F^3 Lake Half Marathon – January 25, 2013
I may add a turkey trot or jingle bell run in the mix somewhere but for now this is the lineup.