So, I’ll start of by saying this actual race really isn’t anything special. I ran it last year and to be honest, it’s not the best course and the organization of the event is only ok, but since I was really only looking for a non-Disney race for a PR attempt and I had PR’d at this course last year I figured why not (and the medal is actually pretty good!).
To make it even better I eventually convinced my friends Dan (who you may recognize from my Disney Marathon recap) and Pat (who paced me to my most recent PR at the Disneyland Half Marathon) to join me!
My current half marathon PR was 2:05:22, so being conservative my only real goal was to break 2:05. That is until our other friend Jenn (also featured in my Disney Marathon recap!) went and PR’d the NYC Half last weekend with a time of 2:02:48…suddenly Dan and I had a new goal! Nothing like a little friendly competition to light a fire under you, right??
Well, Pacer Pat came to our rescue and offered to help us get there! Except come race morning Pat had a slightly different goal in mind…he decided he was going to pace us to run 13.1 miles in under 2 hours. Since this was pure crazy talk, I figured I’d start off with the guys and then fall back as their pace became too much for me since I definitely wasn’t trained for a sub 2 hour finish!
So that I don’t bore you with the play-by-play of the actual race (remember, boring course), I’ll say this…it was cold. And we ran fast (or at least fast for me!). I was surprised as mile by mile I kept up with Pat and Dan and we stayed on pace to finish under 2 hours! (P.S. if you’re looking to PR I highly recommend Pacer Pat. Seriously, I think he should start charging for his services!)
It wasn’t until mile 10 that I started to slow down and got a little nervous that I may not make it. As we made our 2nd lap around the lake the wind really picked up (of course blowing against us) and I got really really cold.
My legs weren’t even hurting (amazingly!) and I didn’t feel that tired, but I couldn’t feel my hands or arms and I think my body began to focus all it’s energy on shivering and trying to stay warm instead of running (according to my Garmin report it was 37 degrees, 29 with the windchill!).
Lucky for us Pat had built in enough of a cushion, so even though we slowed down just a bit the last few miles all three of us crossed the finish line together in 1:59:05! (My original text alert said 1:59:01, but today the official time on the website says 1:59:05…Dan’s says 1:59:04. Damn, now I need to beat him!)
We celebrated as any good Disney
nerds fans would by heading over to the Queens Museum of Art to see if we could track down any Disney related memorabilia from the 1964 World’s Fair (that and it was heated so it was nice to go inside and thaw out!). As Disney fans may know, the area we had just run through was not only the site of the Worlds Fair, but it was the original home of some of Walt Disney’s classic rides such as It’s a Small World and the Carousel of Progress!
Back in the city we met up with Jenn (who was thoroughly annoyed with us for beating her new PR!) to celebrate! (Which we did by eating A LOT.)
A HUGE thank you to Pat for his pacing services (and warning me about upcoming speed bumps ; ) and Dan for keeping me entertained by yelling out “BEAT JENN!” randomly throughout the race, I wouldn’t have even considered trying to run under 2 hours without you guys!
And of course thanks (and hugs!) to Jenn for kicking ass and PR’ing her race to motivate us (and for being a good sport about our race rally cry being “Beat Jenn!”). You guys are the best!