This time next week I will more than likely be in the middle of or finishing up a nap with any luck. In 7 days I am off to run the NY Half Marathon. Last time I ran this event not only was I chasing but captured the elusive sub 2 Half Marathon. I ran an average pace of 9:05 finishing just under the wire at 1:58:59. I literally had a minute to spare.
It was a great day. I say this not just because of the sub 2, but overall it was amazing. No lie…https://accidentallyrunningmama.com/2016/03/22/the-good-the-bad-and-the-awesome/
This time many things will be the same and many will be different.
The early than crack of dawn early time is still true. Unfortunately many that I ran this race with last time will not be there this time, but I’m still going in with friends. We have decided to take a van into the city that will drop us off at the start line. After the race, some are meeting their families, some are finding their own way home, and some of us will meet up to travel home together. There is something special after a race sharing it with friends. I’ve gone to many races by myself and afterwards it is not the same alone. Your family only wants to hear so much about your running and I mean so much.
Now this year the course has changed, but it will still run through Times Square. I’ll be honest I am not familiar enough with the city to know where this course will take me. Good thing I’ll be in the middle of the pack, so I don’t need to know the way. Ha! I do know that this course might be a little hillier than previous one, but it is what it is.
Last time I went into this race trained for speed and ready to face the day. I knew it would be tough hitting the sub 2, but I knew that I had it in me. This time around, I know that I will make it to the finish line but I need to be smart about it. This time, I am trained to finish when I finish. There is no goal time. I am going into enjoy the ride, see the city, and cross the finish line.
One thing that I am trying to figure out is what pace I will be running. I plan on being conservative and I have really not trained for a specific time. I know New York crowds can carry you away and that is what I am most afraid of. Starting a race, any race, it is so easy to run out too fast. Starting a race in New York City with NYC crowds it is almost impossible not to be swept up in the excitement. This is why I must come up with a plan. I need to have paces to follow. Paces that my training shows that I can maintain. Paces that will get me to the finish line with a smile.
That will be my goal this week. To come up with a plan and follow it!
Do you follow a race plan?