Happy Sunday friends!
What a gorgeous day for a race!
All my stuff laid out the night before.
I woke up nice and early- (4:15) and headed to the Path around 5:20! All the trains were pretty crappy yesterday so I decided it would be better to leave earlier just in case. I started my morning with my usual Cookies & Cream Quest Bar, Coffee and an apple for some pre-race fuel. Gotta do what works for you!
Selfies before the race 🙂
I got there around 6:45 and waited around for awhile. Then I did some dynamic stretching before my friend who I knew was racing met up with me. We headed to the long bathroom line and then headed to our corrals.
Once I got to my corral I took some Black Cherry Gu Chomps for a little more fuel. I also wore my Nathan Hydration belt with Fruit Punch Nuun in the water bottles.
This was my first race that I didn’t have music to listen to. I have completely stopped running with my iPod and I decided that I should race the same way that I train.
I felt pretty good as we started. I thought I was going at a regular pace for me but after Mile 1 I saw that I ran it in 9:37!! I felt good at that pace so I decided to keep on trucking. It took a little bit of time to get used to hearing other people’s breathing and the not so beautiful views haha. But after I got used to all that I felt good. And so did my Splits:
5- 9:08 (took my Gu here)
OH yeaaa negative splits the first 6 miles!!!
(negative split from there!)
Official Time: 1:33:38!!! Average Pace: 9:22!!!
Towards the last miles I did grab water so that slowed me down a little. I def think it was great to have my water belt because I could drink when I wanted and I didn’t need to stop for water. I also grabbed a gatorade around mile 7/8 because I was feeling tired.
I cannot believe I maintained that pace for 10 miles! I think all the speed work is really helping!!!
After the race my friend and her friend grabbed brunch in the city because who doesn’t love brunch after a long run!
Veggie & Cheese Omelette with Sweet Potato fries and chocolate milk!! Delicious!
And a nice piece of metal!
One more race for guaranteed entry to the 2015 NYC Marathon (and the 2015 NYC Half!)
Hard work pays off! I work hard to maintain my running, cross train, build muscle and fuel properly- and the feeling I get when I cross that finish line feels so great!!!
Hope you all enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!