|Well on my way to 2015 NYC Marathon!|
The weekend leading up to the half marathon was packed, starting Thursday with bib pick up. Most half and full marathons host an expo during the days leading up to the race for participants to pick up their race day bags and various venders will sell running merchandise at a discounted price. I volunteered to help with bib handout in order to earn my +1 credit for entry into the 2015 NYC Marathon. I wasn't too impressed with the NYC Half expo so after I picked up my bib I checked in, received my volunteer shirt, and spent the next six hours handing out bibs to excited and nervous runners. It was fun to see the diversity in runners. There were runners of all ages, for some it was their first half marathon and then there were several that had been racing for years, and each runner had a very different reason for deciding to run 13.1 miles through the heart of Manhattan.
|Volunteering at the Expo|
The day before the race CeCe, Genny, and I ran the Lucky Dash 5K. After a leisurely trip to Trader Joe's--my first TJ's trip and yes I am now a huge TJ's fan- we realized we had the starting location confused and made a sprint to the subway and the start of the race. Once we finally made it there we toned down our pace to a light jog so I wouldn't be too tired for the half. The race was very relaxed, we didn't even have bibs, and it was the perfect warm up. After the race we had brunch at Genny's and spent the day relaxing in her beautiful and festively decorated apartment! CeCe also made her own take on a Skinnytaste bell pepper and potato frittata recipe--middle left below--with sweet potatoes, it was delicious in case anyone is looking for a new brunch recipe!
From Times Square you head west on 42nd Street to the West Side Highway, which was not so awesome. 42nd Street was essentially a wind tunnel and by the time I made it out to the highway my body was basically numb. Once you're on the highway it's about a 6 mile run straight down through the Financial District to the finish line on Wall Street. It was cool seeing the skyline from a different perspective, and if I hadn't cared about my time I would have stopped to take some pictures because it was a gorgeous day- minus the wind. CeCe and Genny met me at the finish line with my dry clothes and helped me to open the gatorades in my refuel bag since my hands were completely numb.
|They're the best!|
Less than 9 weeks until the Brooklyn Half Marathon- my next race for 9+1, and my third half marathon. I'm hoping to shave another 3 minutes off my time to get down to ~1:49. Keep checking for updates on training, workouts, and nutrition tips! Thank you so much for your support in the NYC Half Marathon!!!