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NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix: Manhattan - RunHalf Marathon


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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
14F / -10C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 43m 21s
Overall Rank = 4451/4587
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 135/150
Pre-race routine:

My pre-race routine started Friday when I took the train to NYC! Fellow BT'r Kristin (LazyMarathoner) offered to let me stay at her new place in Broolyn! We went out Friday night, hung out and even managed to get in a little swim on Saturday.

The night before the race K and I went to the most amazing place to do some carb loading. Had a couple of beers, split a serving of wine and had the best pizza in NYC!

We got back to her place and figured out the clothing strategy for the run - we had gotten a pretty good taste of the cold while we were walking around during the day and especially while waiting for pizza, so we knew it was going to be COLD!!!

Got the clothes thing figured out, blew up my air mattress and went to bed. I fell alseep right away and then woke up at 2:30 and sort of tossed and turned from then on - didn't sleep real well. -

We got up a 6 had an english muffin with peanut butter grab a couple of gus, my bags and hopped in the car.

Dropped my luggage off at K's old apt and took the train to Central Park - it wsa fun because we ran into quite a few other crazy people headed to do the same thing we were :)
Event warmup:

Event Warmup - now that's an interseting notion - it was 14 degrees when we started the race! Yep, there was no warmup to speak of. We stayed in the subway entrance as long as we possibly could to try and stay somewhat warm.

Walked to race start - I now know what nearly 5,000 crazy people look like! Including one individual in particular, he was dressed in a lighthouse costume - no, that's not the crazy part, he had SHORTS on!!!! Did I mention it was 14 degrees?

The start of the race looked like it went on forever - of course based on my time we headed to the very last section for starters.
Run
  • 2h 43m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 28s  min/mile
Comments:

Didn't fill out the Keeping cool choice, really wasn't an issue ;)

Not only did K let me stay at her place, she also paced me, which was awesome.

We ran the first mile, then generally did a 4:00/1:00 run/walk interval through the fifth mile, then did 3:00/1:00 and eventually 2:00/2:00. We walked up some hills and ran down every hill ;) so the intervals probably aren't exact, but close enough. If I remember right K said we did the first mile in 10:49, which is really good for me.

We kapt a very steady pace and really came in about the time we expected to. I was shooting for 2:50 and was pleased with a 2:43:21. I really think that if the temps had been eve 10 degrees warmer, the time would have been even a little faster than that.

It was hard to walk very fast because our legs felt frozen! My butt cheeks were numb!

To give you an idea of how cold it was - my hair froze! Yep - looked like i had ice sickel pig tails!

The water cups were FROZEN to the tables at the water stations - at the beginning of the race, there was just a thin film of ice on top of the water. By the end of the race, the water in the cup was almost frozen solid - you had to squeeze the cup hard to break the cube and get some actual water.

Since we were at the BOP most of the people I saw were passing me as they were running to get to someplace warm. We were amazed at the number of people that were in shorts and running jerseys - nuts I tell you! nuts!

It was awesome to have K pacing me so I didn't have to worry about the time and I could relax while running. Her company and lively conversation kept my mind off of things like how far we'd gone, in fact i missed quite a few mile markers and it was like wow, we've come that far! cool!

I thought a lot about all the BT'rs that have been encouraging me as I prepared for this milestone - thanks to all you of you! I couldn't have done it without you!
What would you do differently?:

from a run perspective nothing - it was my first 1/2 mary, i trained smart and hard and i achieved the goal i was hoping for

in weather this cold I would have brought a coat to NYC ;)

I also would have brought something to change into right after the race
Post race
Warm down:

We met up with another BT'r, Rudy (Rudedog55) after the race - he was nice enough to come and brave the cold temps to meet K and me.

We took the train to a breakfast place, ate an enormous breakfast and tried to warm up -

It was a fun morning and it was great to meet Rudy!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the cold

limited experience in running




Last updated: 2008-12-07 12:00 AM
Running
02:43:21 | 13.1 miles | 12m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 135/150
Overall: 4451/4587
Performance:
Course: The course was 2 loops and a bit around Central Park. It was a fairly hilly course, not an easy one at least not for me.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2009-01-28 4:38 PM
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I love reading your reports. GREAT JOB. I am sure you would have been zippy fast if you weren't frozen- literally. Really, who could wear shorts in 14 degrees? Crazy.
2009-01-28 4:42 PM
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Great job on the race. Glad the cold didn't scare you away!
2009-01-28 4:45 PM
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Way to go Beth! Its been great to follow your journey over the last year from PF to runner fairy Thanks for letting me come along for the ride!

Congrats on making the sensible choice with training and clothing... you did GREAT!!! Im sure this is the start of many more!!!!

Sounds like a fun weekend!!!

2009-01-28 4:45 PM
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Great job, Beth!!  You'll be even faster next time when you do it and aren't frozen. 

Having Kristin there sounds like a lot of fun.  It's nice to have people to talk with during races.  Always makes it more fun. 

2009-01-28 5:10 PM
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great report .. i blew off this race due to being tired of running/training outside this year already .. 14 ?? damn.. i can only imagine what those corrals musta been like - people all huddle close together .. and that lighthouse guy always seems to come out for these races..


2009-01-28 5:21 PM
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Beth, you are amazing! You ran a fantastic race and it's so so so cool (heh) how far you've come with your running in the past year. That is some insanely cold weather you braved -- and I love that you didn't even complain about it in your race report. You sound like you had a blast and made the absolute most out of your race.

Congratulations, runner!!

2009-01-28 6:13 PM
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Beth,

I enjoyed reading your RR. You did a great job on your first half-marathon - no doubt!

Considering that the weather was so cold, it is even more challenging to complete and YOU did it! You should be proud of your achievement and I am sure that you'll never forget the great experience you had. 

2009-01-28 6:34 PM
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Enjoyed your race report. You represented the Manatees very well in NYC. Thanks for making us proud.

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2009-01-28 8:13 PM
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Wow!  What a transformation yo uhave made in running.  Very impressive job running your first half marathon in that weather too!  Congratulations on an awesome race!
2009-01-28 8:35 PM
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Sounds like a fantastic race weekend!  Hard core there missy, 14 degrees is very cold!!

You rock, Tinkerbeth!  Congratulations on a job well done!



2009-01-28 9:06 PM
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You ROCKED your RACE DAY...BABY.

I am so proud of my Mentor, Fellow Manatee and FRIEND.

 

Steve

2009-01-28 10:01 PM
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Great RR!  You came through a lot to get to that finish.  WOW!  I ran on ice, slushy mud, and sub-zero temps in XC during college.   We crazies ran in shorts and singlets...a toughness team thing.  But, it was only a 5 K and we didn't have to worry about freezing pigtails, water, or riding a train to find warmth.  Awesome job!
2009-01-28 10:17 PM
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Great job Beth! Your tough, racing in 14 degrees wow, I would have wimped out.
2009-01-28 10:23 PM
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Great job beth hope you have thawed out by now

 least you didn't need the ice bath after the race like ronen... it was your race :0)

2009-01-28 11:44 PM
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I don't know how you did it Beth, I would have had goosebumps the size of golf balls all over me and probably would have headed for the nearest coffee shop.  Nice run, and things are always better with another BT-er along for company!  Congrats on being a "1/2 marathoner"....now you can look forward to even more success!!

 



2009-01-29 4:20 AM
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Bethie Love, YOU ROCKED THE HOUSE!!!!! I wouldn't stick my hand out the window in those temps, much less get out and run a half-mary! You are a brave, amazing soul, did awesome prep for this race, and pulled off an AWESOME RACE!!!!!

You are a CHAMPION MANATEE!!!!!

2009-01-29 6:54 AM
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Awesome race Beth

You did a great job training all the way till you reach your goal, then you got out there and beat your time. What an awesome accomplishment. I know how hard it can be to get out there and run in the cold, but you didn't let the weather stoped you. 

HUGE grats to you!

2009-01-29 7:32 AM
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CONGRATS.... I am proud of you... You did an awesome job!
2009-01-29 8:49 AM
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Beffie, your hard work and diligence paid off in less than ideal conditions, you deserve the awesome result you got, Congrats!!!

It was awesome meeting you and K, you are the Bestest!!!

2009-01-29 10:40 AM
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That is just awesome!!  What an accomplishment!!!!  What a fun weekend too!!!


2009-01-29 10:54 AM
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So proud of ya, tink!  And you did it in some way hardcore conditions while having fun the entire time.  Uber congrats!
2009-01-29 11:54 AM
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Awesome job Beth...it doesn't matter what your time was, and it is great that you came in under your goal, just getting out there an doing it is an accomplishment.  Doing it in 14 degree weather is above and beyond awesome!

Your running has come a long way.

2009-01-29 1:19 PM
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Way to go Beth! It was an honor to share the experience with you and just an incredibly fun day and weekend. I think I was cold for about 48 hours! You did great and yes, you are correct, Mile 1 was 10:49 and we did 11:00 on Mile 3 and 11:32 on Mile 12! I told you you'd surprise yourself! Great race, let's do it again, but maybe in July
2009-01-29 4:48 PM
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One nice thing about short hair - it doesn't turn into pigtail popsicles! Next time you sign up for a race, I recommend one that isn't smack dab in the middle of winter. 

Sounds like you had a great time despite the cold.  Congrats on a great race!

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