I thought this was an awesome race! It’s not everyday that you get to run in the streets of New York City with 19,455 other people. We ran through a great part of New York City, starting at Central Park, to Times Square, then on to the West Side Highway, and finished on Wall street.
The day began at 5 am. I drank water, had a wheat bagel and a Mamma Chia Blackberry Bliss Squeeze for breakfast. My sister and I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Jersey City with the PATH station conveniently next door. We arrived at the PATH station by 6:05 am and got to the train just in time as the doors opened. We had some issues with the card to pay but we made it on time.😜
We took the PATH train from the Newport Station until the last stop, 33rd St. Then we took the Subway towards Central Park and got off at 57th St. We entered the security point for our corral on 6th Ave. This is the biggest race I’ve ran and my first time to go through security for a race. Here’s pics of the security point we went through.
After we went through security we walked towards our corral. We were in Wave 2 corral 13. Here’s a pic I took while walking. This was at 6:55 am.
There were plenty of porta potties. There wasn’t much of a line if you went further down the long rows of them. When we got to our corral, it wasn’t packed yet. Here’s a pic taken at 7:13 am.
Our wave start was at 7:45 am. I’d rather be early than rushing to the start. Here’s a pic at the start with my sis, Run-Hike-Play (Check out her recap too 🙂 ). It’s so cool that we both got in this race and got to run it! She’s the one who urged me to register, and I’m glad she did!
At 7:46 am. Our wave started and you could see runners heading to the start line in the left of the pic in the corrals ahead of us. We went around a bend towards the start line.
7:47 am. Beginning of the race.
8:10 am. You can see runners on both sides. This was a really crowded part of the race since the road was narrower than other parts. I had to zig zag and really watch where I was since it was narrow and I wanted to maintain a good pace.
8:35 am pic. Heading out of Central Park. The first 6 miles had hills, which were tough. I was happy knowing that the rest of the race was mostly flat or downhill except for a little part towards the end.
9:06 am. I’m close to the 15k point here. If you look closely, you can see the 15k sign up ahead.
9:18 am. View of the Freedom Tower. I felt pretty good throughout the race. I was thinking I could PR. I wanted to so bad and towards the end I really pushed it. Especially when I saw the blue signs saying 800 m left to go and then 400 m left. The crowd really helped at the end too. It was awesome! I loved the support and encouragement! Thanks to all the volunteers and crowd who made it such a great race! I managed to PR! All my training and hard work paid off. My previous personal record for the half marathon was 1:51:10. I ran a 1:50:52! Woohoo!
Here’s a pic I took of the finish line after I had crossed.
At the finish area we got our medal, a bag filled with bottled water, pretzels, apples, and Gatorade. We also got the after race blanket. Here I am in it. It really kept me warm. According to my Garmin the temp was 41 degrees F out and felt like 36 deg. So it was cold but still great racing weather.
During the race, I used two Gu and filled my Simple Hydration bottle with Nuun. It’s awesome not having to stop at hydration stations. Here’s my sis and I with our Simple Hydration Bottles that we love so much!
Here’s a closeup of the cool medal.
Here are my official results:So I thought this race was awesome!! A few years ago, it never would have crossed my mind to run in New York City. I’m so happy I got the chance to do it! Also, to PR in such a big race was too cool!
I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!