Have I mentioned that the NYC Half Marathon is my favorite half ever? I have done it 3x in the past so clearly I do love the race. Check out my recaps from 2015 and 2014. I also ran it for the first time in 2013 (but I didn’t have this blog yet!).
Since I’ve reviewed this race in the past, I won’t bore you to tears with a detailed recap of this race. I will have to preface this review with the fact that my half-marathon times in law school have not been that impressive (to me). That this training period (if you can call it that) is the most I’ve done while in school so it’s saying a lot.
That being said, I didn’t break any of my PRs but I’ve come the closest to my half PR since law school started. The week leading up to the race, I probably didn’t rest as much as I should have. My legs felt tired all week. See my training recap here.
My eating/food/fueling was maybe 75% on point this week. I sorta went downhill the closer I got to the race (aka on Friday, I had a chocolate guinness pie and a burger, on Saturday, I ate a whole pizza the night before the race lmao).
Either way, I went to bed around 9:30pm Saturday night and got up at 6:30am in time for wave 3 at 8:10am. I got to Central Park around 7:30am and had enough time to use the bathrooms before I jumped into my corral.
For the most part, the race course was the same as it has been in the past few years – almost a loop of Central Park, down through Times Square, down the West Side Highway and to the Financial District. Except I hated the out and back’s right outside of Central Park.
It was weird. I hated it. That being said, as soon as I left Central Park, we were already 6 miles in. After that, the race went by much faster. I wasn’t paying much attention to my pace because the clocks on the course were all over the place (i.e. one clock was timing the first wave, another would be timing the third wave, etc.). I was running on “feel” and I felt great….until the West Side Highway and the wind.
I’ve had asthma since I was a kid and I have an inhaler but I only use it in extreme circumstances. I had some trouble breathing on the WSH because of the wind. In Central Park, I was really warm but the wind really hit me for miles 8-11 on the WSH.
Once I hit mile 11, I felt good so I started to push a bit but once I got through the tunnel (mile 12.5?), my stomach felt weird…like if I kept pushing, I’d be puking up yesterday’s food. The last 400 meters I just sprinted to the end.
Final time = 2:19:00
It may not seem that impressive to some people but seriously guys, it’s the best half-marathon time I’ve pulled in law school. I mean THE BEST. It might be 10 minutes off my personal best but still, I haven’t felt this good about a race in a long time. That is saying something. Not sure if we can thank all the running or all the strength training or my change in diet but something is clearly working.
After finding my friends who were working the medals, I found my sister! So basically a reunion at the finish!
Of course I went to brunch after to celebrate!
I felt really good after the race. I felt some weird knee pain and IT band pain hours after the race but now that it’s been over 36 hours since I finished the race, I just feel a bit stiff but I feel good. Not super sore and not in any type of real pain to speak of.
Lastly, I am in LOVE with these NYC Half race shirts that came with the registration. I’ve been wearing mine around since the race. I told my sister about the shirts and she said “WHAT? THEY’RE LONG SLEEVED THIS YEAR?” Yes, they are! I’ve hated that they’ve given out short sleeved ones in the past – so glad that they have these awesome long-sleeved ones this year.
Did you run the NYC Half this year? What was your favorite (or least favorite) part of the race?