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Last weekend’s 12-miler had me pretty confident all week. I didn’t stress going into this weekend.  I decided that 2:15 was my goal. 2:10 might be in reach.  (trying to beat my 2:22 from August)  So I’m aiming for a solid 7 minute PR..

Yesterday’s wind make me nervous.  Gusts so hard, you hoped to stand your ground, never mind keep moving.  As of when I went to bed last night the forecast for today looked like this:

no thanks.

How do you dress for that kind of wind? I have no idea. That was probably my biggest concern this morning.

I put on a long sleeve shirt, windbreaker, vest, tights, gloves.   I ended up taking the windbreaker & gloves off mid-way.

The race was pretty well organized, though I should’ve picked up my bib yesterday. The hotel was a MOB SCENE this morning. No line, but almost impossible to get it & out of the building – people everywhere. Plenty of porta-potties outside though and the race started on time, which is always good.

at the start

It was a little crowded at the beginning especially at the turns, but with 4200 half-marathoners, I don’t think thats avoidable.  I lined up by the 10:00 min sign. People went out FAST. I had to make a conscious effort to stay at 9:30. For the first two miles or so, I felt like everyone was flying by me.  I had to remind myself repeatedly not to get sucked into the pack, settled into a comfortable pace and just went.

Miles 2-8 were comfortable, a little windy at times, few small hills, but good.

A little after hitting 8.5, I saw 1:20 on my Garmin. It took me a minute to realize it, but if I kept that pace, I’d be on track to finish just over 2 hours. INSANITY. I’m aiming for 2:15.  I knew I couldn’t hold my sub 9:30 pace for 4.5 more miles though. There was just no way, but I was on track for a serious PR.

Mile 9, I was excited.

At mile 10, I started to struggle. By 11, I was dying a little.  By 12, I just wanted it to be over.  Those last 3 miles were brutal. I took a few walking breaks, yet somehow my splits aren’t that much slower.  Surprised, but I’ll take it.

Official results – 2:07:56 

Garmin: 

that’s a PR by 14 minutes.

14 minutes!! 

Needless to say, I’m excited. I’m going to be in pain tomorrow, but soo worth it 🙂

Panera for lunch and a Fribble for the ride back to Boston. amazing.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a few more pics to share that my Dad took of the race.

🙂

Congrats Dawn on your killer 12 minute PR!!

any other PR’s out there?  Congrats to everyone who ran!!

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I tried

I tried.

I laid all my running gear.

filled my water bottle.

set my alarm(s).

and was UP at 5.

and then I heard the wind…

LOUD wind. quick check to weather.com & realized it was blowing 25 mph.

oh hell no.

back to bed I go.

9 miles tomorrow (when its supposed to be significantly more reasonable)

I'll see youuu tomorrow

in other news, that can’t really be called news..

yesterday was my 1 year anniversary at work. They got me a card & a certificate & everything…

Can’t believe its been a year already..  Feels like I just got here & like NY was sooo long ago all at the same time.

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tonight, I’m hitting the elliptical and then getting both wine & groceries delivered so I’m ready for two of my best this weekend 🙂

excited!

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damn wind

Given my impending weekend in NY and the excessive amounts of food and beverage that are about to be had, I decided back-to-back days of running was necessary.   Worst run ever!
Apparently the wind was not pleased with my analysis of Monday’s run, so it was aggressive & crazy and somehow managed to lodge my contact up in my head around mile two.  Which means that: 
1. I can’t see.
2. it hurts.  
3. the wind ->  watery eyes + lost contact + sweaty hands = BURNING
…and I’m two miles from home. awful.

but regardless, I got moving, so I guess all was not lost.  
note to self:   buy sunglasses to run with.

exactly 24 hours from right now, I will be in NYC!!  cant wait to see you all!!

love. love. love.

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