You want me to run in 32 degrees?! Hilarious. No.
I’m one of those people that CANNOT stand the cold. I become a horrible, mean, pathetic mess when I’m cold. So the idea of running 13.1 miles in 32 degrees was not okay. Somehow this actually worked in my favor because, please pardon me while I toot my own horn here, I ran a new personal record! I finished in 1 hour, 41 minutes, and 7 seconds with an average pace of 7:43. I’m thrilled and surprised by this, though. I was just a ball of anxiety leading up to this race.
I was really nervous the night (slash day slash week) before thinking about the weather. Was I ready for the race? Was I going to finish? What if I get another stress fracture? My worries were abound. C and I watched couple March madness games, got plain turkey sandwiches for dinner, and went home early. We watched Moana (adorable and I recommend) and were in bed by 10. My sleep wasn’t exactly restful… I woke up at 2, 3:30, 4, and when I woke up at 4:30 I figured that was close enough to 5, when I was planning on getting up, and started my pre-race prep.
I had coffee and oatmeal with banana, pepitas, and almond butter. We watched the news and I tried to calm my nerves. I bundled up with all warm running gear I had and then put on top all the throwaway gear I got from Old Navy the day before. I wish I took a picture of the throwaway gear because I looked ridiculous. I was wearing ginormous Hammer-Time sweatpants and the brightest Easter-egg-teal hoodie. Underneath I had on my earth-friendly Girlfriend Collective leggings, Under Armour ColdGear long sleeve, NYRR United Half tech shirt, Old Navy running vest, gloves, ear warmers, and two hand warmers I stuffed into my gloves.
Both C and I were in Wave 1, scheduled to start running at 7:30. They recommended getting there an hour early because of security and other random wait times. We left the apartment at 6:05 (I was aiming for 6) and headed over to the subway. We live in the Financial District and were heading up to Wall St. On a normal, frequent express trains, this would take about 20-25 minutes all in wait and travel time. But the MTA doesn’t particularly care about our race schedule so we waited 10 minutes for a train and it went local all the way up so we got there closer to 6:45.
It took about 10 minutes to get through security, which was a line of metal detectors for runners only. We walked past the first long lines of porta-pottys and found a shorter line for bathrooms. We huddle together for warmth while we waited another 10 minutes or so in line. We decided to say goodbye there since we were in different starting corrals (C is in B and I was in C).
I ditched the swishy Hammer pants because there was no way I could run in those but I kept the sweatshirt and hand warmers through the start. Eventually I ditched those around mile 2.
It was a good run — all the hills were on the front half of the race in Central Park and then it was pretty flat after that. Running through Times Square was SO cool (and I was that person who was trying to run and take pictures). After that, we ran down the West Side highway with a view of the World Trade Center guiding us downtown. That route was easy and familiar since it’s the route C and I usually run on the weekends. The race finished on Wall St, which is right next to our apartment so we crossed the finish line (me 9 minutes behind C) and crawled home.
After a snack, hot shower, and cat nap, C and I headed out to Stout to treat ourselves to a couple Bud Lights and spinach and artichoke dip. We chatted about the course, the weather, runners we encountered (man in a banana suit and man in a full dress suit), and our aches and pains.
I’m really proud of myself because I didn’t really have any expectations coming into this since this was my first race back from the stress fracture last year. I only wanted to finish feeling healthy (and not frozen). I owe it to the cross training I’ve done in the past 5-6 months (you can read about my obsession here). But I’m already thinking about the next race and how I can make my next PR. The next race we’re running is the NYRR Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 20. I’m resting up this week but then it’s back to training!