I don’t know what my expectations were for this race, but I did not expect to run my SLOWEST half marathon ever!
I had been sort of dreading this race all week, I feel a bit burnt out on racing long distances and 2 loops of Central Park never sounds appealing. I did also drink throughout the week so I’m sure that didn’t help, but honestly, I don’t think that had much to do with it.
I arrived at 7:30, dropped off my bag and found Adriana, who was not feeling the race either. I also could not help but notice how many people were overdressed! This is one of my pet peeves and I couldn’t believe how many people had on long pants and long sleeved shirts. I was sweating just looking at them. Sorry, moving on.
It rained for like 5 minutes before we started and once the gun went off, the sun started to break through. My body felt very heavy in the beginning, but I still managed to keep a pretty steady 9 min/mi. pace. I also wasn’t freaking out if I started running slower than that, I knew it was going to be somewhat unrealistic to PR, so I was just trying to have a good time and stay strong.
I survived Harlem Hill and actually managed to pass a few people. Miles 1 – 5 were very up and down, I had a few lows that were super low and a few highs where I thought I could actually PR. By mile 6, I hated the race and I seriously considered quitting. I was not feeling it, at all. My pace was still okay, so it wasn’t a disaster yet.
At mile 7 or 8, I saw Jocelyn, so I picked up the pace a bit so I could catch up to her. At about the same time, she saw her friend Amanda, so we all stuck together for maybe a half a mile. I talked to Jocelyn for a bit before I lost her at around mile 9. She was running 22 miles for the day and was probably at mile 15 or so and was still doing great! I was impressed and I could not even keep up at that point. Thanks Jocelyn for getting me through those tough couple of miles, it was definitely a great help.
I still managed an 8:55 mile for mile 9, but after that, the 2nd round of Harlem
Hell Hill came around, that’s when it went all downhill. I trudged up that hill, alternating running and walking. By the time I made it to mile 11, I was so done! The last 2 miles of that race were so freaking long. I could not stop looking at my watch hoping to see mile 13 pop up.
My body, my mind, everything was absolutely spent by the end of the race. I was starting to get angry in the last mile. I can’t wait to see my pictures, if there are any, because I probably look like I was going to murder somebody.
The last 3 miles were incredibly brutal! It was hot, humid and my legs were going to scream at me if they had to run another hill.
Official Time: 2:05:57
Slowest Half Marathon Ever!!!
It was nice to see that I at least made it to mile 10 before dying!
Ugh, I didn’t expect do this poorly. I don’t think I would’ve been so upset if I had felt strong at the end, but I gave this sucker every single thing that I had. I think a lot of people had a hard time today, the weather was not good, despite what many would think. 60 degrees with 70% humidity is not ideal in my opinion.
Whatever though, I’m over it and I know every race cannot be amazing. I’m glad I had low expectations anyway going into this race.
This is my last long race for a while! I am going to try to keep my endurance up and continue running long-ish runs on the weekend, but it’s nice that there will be no pressure.