My Half Marathon time looks like your marathon PB ! Congratulations !
In a cold but sunny early Sunday morning, thousands of runners lined up in Central Park near Columbus circle (CC). This is good for me as I just ran up from my HK place to the start in 20 minutes.
HK is Hong Kong. Or used to be for us over the past 3 years. Now, it is Hell’s Kitchen.
Start at 8:00 by 36F, i.e. 2C. Some snow 😉
As I warmed up on the way (I still think that HK-CC is up hill), I managed to start on a good pace, overtaking the usual misplaced runners, located in corrals ahead of us but slower. I moved up one corral this year as I did good on a five kilometres race. My best was my mile performance, but it was not taken into account. So, to move up next year, I need to focus on a PB pace on a FLAT 5K or 4M race. I insist on the flat aspect as Central Park is everything you want but flat.
I started 20~30 meters ahead of the 2:15 pacers. They overtook me on mile 4 up the hills from South Harlem and I followed them till mile 13. They did a really great job, but they ultimately went too fast for me.
The sun came up, the snow stopped and the wind was not strong at all.
I was overdressed as usual. Long leggings and short + Tshirt, 2 long sleeves technical shirts and a running vest + ski mask + my little blue bonnet ! I should go for one shirt and let the ski mask home or in the drop bag.
I was under trained, as usual. I ran zero meters last week. I need to change that. I planned to take early calls on the treadmill but never did it so far. When returning home, I planned to go to the gym before dinner but I return too late and too drained. If I had a healthy snack at 3-4 p.m., it would help on the energy side of things.
I had a very good Kaiseki dinner for my daughter dinner last night. She is came to this world in Tokyo, Japan ! The restaurant was authentic Kyoto ryori. Food, service and decor were close to perfection. It was like travelling to Kyoto Higashiyama to a Ryotei for the evening. And returning home from Tribeca 😉
I finished my race in 2:18:33. I ran the same course in October in 2:23:54 for the Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Staten Island Half in 2:19:35. I’m improving which is good to know. Same course comparison is an amazing improvement of 5’21”. I’m heavier than in the Autumn by 4 kilogrammes. So, I still have a good margin of progression in front of me.
My bib was 6709, my finisher place was 3584th, 2332th men and 296th of my age group. Overall pace of 10:35 on the hilly course.
I really enjoyed the race. I stayed with the pace maker longer than usual. She was lively, calling the racers overtaking us and keeping a good pace. I had bad cramps after the finish line, which is exactly where you should be cramped. I enjoyed my cinnamon raisin roll, apple and pretzels. I’m tired and happy.