No Sleep Till Brooklyn
May 22 2010 Brooklyn Half Marathon 2.28.08.
Was this the race I was hoping for? Probably not. Definitely not. I trained and worked hard leading up to the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I ran 3 separate times in Prospect Park, doing those loops and hating that hill. EVERY SINGLE TIME. But, I felt prepared. My goal was really very broad. Finish between 2.20 – 2.30. But, I was really wanting a 2.24. 2.24 is an 11 minute pace. How hard could that be?? Hard enough, that I finished in 2.28.08. 11.15 pace. So close, but really so very far.
The 7 miles in the park really wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated it to be. Yes, the hills sucked but it is what it is. They were there and I had to deal with it. I started slow and steady and really tried to keep that pace but by mile 2 I was drenched in sweat due to the high humidity. I am not complaining though because last year the weather was much hotter. The humidity did slow me down and made me stop at more water stops than I really wanted to. I took a GU at 5.5 miles with too long of a stop. This is something I must work on in future races. How to time the fluid station stops so I don’t lose precious time.
Once out of the park (finally) we ran on the highway that I drive on to get onto Ocean Parkway. It was kinda neat and odd at the same time. Hitting Ocean Parkway gave me a boost mentally because I knew there was only about 6 miles to go. Somehow, that was comforting to me. I just kept plugging away but my pace kept slipping through my fingers and I started feeling really discouraged. I was talking to myself saying things like “WTF Michelle, move your ass” OR “Why can’t I move my ass faster”. Took my 2nd GU at about 9.5 miles again stopping way to long.
Nearing Surf Avenue was heavenly. I was in the most familiar territory. I was nearing the boardwalk. I was nearing home. Coming up to the boardwalk felt so familiar to me. Ran up that ramp and just headed in for the last .50 miles. I feel good. Just some calf tightness but other than that I’m good to go. 2.28.08. Not what I was hoping for. Not what I wanted. But, its what I got. And I am proud of my effort. One thing about me, I am no quitter. I will get the job done no matter what. I sort of compare myself to the energizer bunny. I just keep on going…..
My fastest split was mile 4 at 9.51 which was downhill. 2nd fastest was mile 7 at 10.12. Other than that, the splits were all over the place. No need to post them.
Last year I ran Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2.40.18 ~ So today I ran it 12.10 faster. I like that. I also beat my Queens 13.1 race by 33 seconds. COOL.
There wasn’t that many spectators along the course, but I will say the volunteers did an incredible job this year. The fluid stations were fully stocked and the volunteers were handing the water to us with a smile on their faces. I did stay a bit to cheer on the runners coming in after me. There was a woman wearing a shirt that said I AM 70 YEARS OLD TODAY!! FUCK YEAH!!! I gave lots of fist pumps and I really saw the appreciation in the runners eyes. It made me feel really good. I left the boardwalk with a huge smile on my face.
I want to thank you ALL for your incredible support and motivation. Today, you are all my schmoopys. All of you. If I could see you in person, I would say…..Hi and thank you schmoopy! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
I had a blast today. I ran 13.1 miles. I absolutely cannot wait to start training for MCM. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy running. Run some races in June, go to speed crew with @SpeedySasquatch and get FASTER!!! Watch me.
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller