Saturday, I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the second time. The weather was perfect for running, somewhat cloudy and mid-50s. The heightened security post-Boston bombings meant runners had to arrive earlier. It also meant instead of the port-a-pottys lined up outside of the corrals they were inside with the runners. This made for some bad smells while we runners tried to warm up and wait for the race. Alas.
Overall the course was good. I love the parts in and around Prospect Park. I just wish there was a way to break up the 6+ miles of boring/strenuous road on the highway to Coney Island. When my legs are feeling tired and I want to slow down, just looking out into the highway provides little motivation.
The best improvements this time around were definitely the pre-race expo. I loved it! NYRR moved the bib pick-up to Dumbo, Brooklyn. Plus the expo featured tons of local food vendors and sporting stores. I was happy to be able to grab some gel & supplies at JackRabbit’s station along with my bib.
And for all those interested, I PR’ed by knocking ~1 minute off last year’s PR. My new half-marathon PR is 1:39:29, pace 7:35. I placed: 2,608/21,378 putting me in the top 12% of all finishers.
Now it’s time to kick off my 16-week marathon training. Let the long runs begin 😉