Monthly Archives: March 2014

NYC Half Recap

I am finally getting around to re-capping Sunday’s race! It was awesome and a great trip, but unfortunately I am injured yet again….but we will get to that later.

Let’s back-track to Friday night. I was taking the red eye, so Joe and I went out for some good-bye sushi πŸ™‚IMG_2065[1]IMG_2066[1]

I was delayed a few hours, so didn’t actually get in to NYC until about 9 am on Saturday. Β Good thing I packed my stick, so I could roll at the airport!IMG_2068[1]

I headed to my friend Stella’s (at the Plaza!) to take a quick nap and freshen up before going to Penn Station to meet Joe’s mom and aunt.Β IMG_2069[1]

They took a train in and joined me at the race expo. I picked up my bib and walked around a bit, but didn’t stay too long…it was a zoo in there!IMG_2070[1]IMG_2073[1]

We headed downtown and did a little shopping before heading to dinner at Otto. So. Freaking. Good.IMG_2075[1]IMG_2076[1]

We started with a bunch of shared plates, cheeses, veggies, salads….IMG_2077[1]

Then I had the goat cheese ravioli for dinner and finished off with the affogato (espresso, vanilla gelato, and whipped cream) for dessert.IMG_2078[1]

Perfect race fuel, right?

After getting the ladies on a train back to New Jersey, I headed back to Stella’s and got to bed early.

Sunday morning I was up bright and early to get to the race start by 7. It was really cold out, so I put on some extra sweats to throw off before the gun went off. Β This was the first race I’ve been to where I had to go through metal detectors….crazy world out there.IMG_2080[1]IMG_2081[1]

The excitement at the race start was unbeatable…I totally miss NYC races and the energy that comes with them. I had a pretty low number, so I was in the first wave and just one corral behind Meb, Mutai, and all of my running idols.IMG_2082[1]

The gun went off for us at 7:30 and I set out along the east side of Central Park. This was my second time running the NYC half and the course had changed a tiny bit since 2012…..All I could think was how happy I was to once again be running where I use every single day πŸ™‚route

I was worried about how my hip would hold up, but it was feeling fine and I was keeping around a 7:40 pace for the first few miles.

We did a little less than one loop around Central Park and I was feeling good, the hip was doing fine and I was maintaining my pace. When we exited the park into Time’s Square, my mom texted to cheer me on and I snapped a quick picture!IMG_2084[1]

The crowds were awesome along this stretch (mile 7) and before I knew it, we were turning onto the West Side Highway for the final stretch down to the finish at South Street Sea Port.

Around mile 10, my hip started to ache a bit (all of the morning advil probably wore off) and I slowed my pace to around 8:05-8:10. I kept pushing but the farther I went, the worse it got.

By the time I got through the Battery Tunnel and about 800m from the finish, I was ready to cry. No idea what my pace was at that time, but I actually considered stopping all together 😦

I managed to drag myself across the finish and get my medal, but I was pretty bummed that I didn’t finish stronger.

I actually managed to still pull out a PR, but I know it could have been so much faster had the hip not given out.nychalf

I was still incredibly happy to have run the race and finished for the second time. I immediately went to the recovery tent to see a PT, get stretched out and foam roll a bit. Here are some pictures from the NYRR website that are just too epic not to post πŸ™‚

The weather was perfect for running, but once we stopped it was windy and freezing! My friend had planned to bring me a bag of warmer clothes and advil, but she was running behind. So, I went to a coffee shop to warm up and wait.

Once I was warm again and reunited with friends, it was time for a beer! We headed to an Irish pub on Stone Street and I had to order a Guinness (it was St. Patrick’s weekend of course!)IMG_2086[1]

My hip was killing me, but luckily I have amazing friends that carry me around NYC! πŸ˜‰IMG_2095[1]

We eventually made our way back uptown (re-hydrating in the cab…obvi).IMG_2100[1]IMG_2104[1]

…and continued the festivities, but I was exhausted and just wanted to order Thai and get to bed early.IMG_2109[1]

I took the next day off of work to hang out a little longer in NYC, so I made sure to sleep in πŸ™‚ Unfortunately when I woke up, my left hip was in so much pain, I could barely walk!

I iced and advilled as much as I could, but hobbling around the city was not too fun or easy! I did watch some of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from my window at The Plaza.IMG_2112[1]

Eventually I had to catch a flight back to Denver and get back to real life. The hip is still pretty bad and I am limping around a lot, but I have a doctor appointment next week to see what’s going on. 😦

Today is the last day of work before spring break!! What are you up to this weekend?