United NYC Half Recap! PR!!!

YES! You read that title correct: PR!!

But before I get to that let’s recap the whole race expo to brunch, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday after work I headed into the city for the expo! They had it “airline” theme because it was the United Airlines Half!

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I walked around and met up with a teammate and we also bumped into some girls we knew from Instagram! I love how Instagram has introduced me to so many amazing people!

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I then did some more walking around. I bought some Nuun which was a 2 for $10 deal along with a free water bottle. Such a great deal!

I also purchased my first Sparkly Soul headband. I tried it on a loved how it stayed on my head! I got our team colors: blue and orange!

I tried some samples of different foods they had there and even got some free Lara Bar samples (which I tried on the way home that night- OMG so delicious, I totally need to start buying them!)

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All my goodies:

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My bib and the medal:

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After that I headed to meet up with my team in Central Park for a fun 6 Miler!

Saturdayย Night before the race choices because I just didn’t know what to do with the weather.

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Sunday, race day! I cheerfully woke up on my own at 4:15 (I am a sick woman, as my Dad says when I wake up at ungodly hours to exercise haha). So I got up and did my race morning things. Hopped in the shower, relaxed a little with a cup of coffee and water, ate my Cookies & Cream Quest Bar & Apple and got dressed and braided my hair in pig tails.

I ended up wearing, my orange Nike shorts, NYIR singlet, arm sleeves, and compression socks. I wore throw away gloves, a sweat shirt and pj pants to the start as well.

I got the 6:13 Path Train and followed the herd of runners to Central Park. Upon entering the park we went through metal detectors and then I headed to my corral.

Right before we began I took off my throw aways except for the gloves and ate my 4 Black Cherry Gu Chomps.

Then we were off. I saw the 2:00 pacer and decided to stay right by him for the first mile as I warmed up and got in my groove. We went up Cat Hill right in the beginning and I just repeated my mantra Hills Make Us Stronger.ย After I started feeling warmed up for about a mile, I tossed my gloves and passed the pacer. I felt strong and just kept going. I had just done the park on Thursday and knew exactly what was coming.

As we were approaching Harlem Hill I thought we would go straight for it, however we ended up running out and back a little on Central Park West then headed back in the park for Harlem Hill. I got up that hill just by repeating my mantra over and over:ย Hills Make Us Stronger.ย 

I took my first Gu at Mile 4 and kept on pushing.

After that the rest of the race was pretty flat!

We then ran though Times Square which was the most amazing thing ever! I kinda got overwhelmed with just total happiness and teared up a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just feel so blessed to be able to do incredible things like this!

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Photo Credit: My teammate’s boyfriend, it was SO amazing that he took this! ย This was how I felt the whole race, strong and happy!ย 

After that we headed down 7th Ave and I felt strong! Then we got to the Westside Highway and I just kept on rocking it. My watch had been thrown off about .3 of a mile in Times Square so I decided to just go by how I felt.

In Spin class, Melissa has taught us how to monitor our heart rates on a 1-10 scale and I used that to help me. She also always says things like you have 3 more chances to come here and do what you came here to do, and that is what I told myself at each mile.ย You have ___ chances (instead of miles) to do what you came here to do!

I just felt so strong the whole time. I paid attention to how my form was, kept my arms down and my core tight. I took another Gu at mile 9 to push me and give me that energy I needed for the end.

The last few miles I just felt great and monitored my heart rate and knew that I was capable of pushing it more. So I did.

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Photo Credit: My Sister ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Once we got in the tunnel towards the end a man came up to me and said that I had been his pacer for the race! I told him how honored I was and then I pushed it more! I just told myself,ย you got this, you got this!ย 

Finish Time: 1:56:27!!!!

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I feel so blessed to have come so far, be part of these experiences and just run. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the race I found my mom and sister (very easily) took some pics and walked around until we found a cab to the Path.

We got to Hoboken much earlier than I anticipated so we decided to try a brunch place that I have been dying to try that is always so busy, Anthony David’s.ย 

We only had a 20 minute wait and by the time we sat down we were ravenous!

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I got Chocolate Milk for some good recovery and Banana and Chocolate Coffee- SO good!!

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We all ordered the French Toast Eggs Benedict- OMG SO GOOD! Challah bread French Toast, bacon and then two poached eggs on top, served with hash browns and syrup. Totally needed after an awesome race!

What an incredible day (and days leading up to it)!

I am so, so, so, happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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