Bronx Half

Two weeks between half marathons isn't enough for me. At least I didn't think so. I had to get up at 4:40, leave by 5:30, and as usual wonder what insanity has my voluntarily getting up and out of the house by that hour just to exhaust myself. The wonder fades pretty rapidly actually. It was a haul up to the Bronx, two stops short of the end of the line. By the time the train arrived, it was so packed with runners that it took awhile for everyone to get off. I trotted over to the registration area to pick up my stuff as I'd still cut it a bit close. It was considerably warmer than 2 weeks ago, a nice 40-something rather than 14! What a huge difference!

I'd decided I didn't feel that ready, having run nothing longer than a 6.5 miler since the Manhattan half, and was a bit thick-legged feeling. I aimed to enjoy myself, and perhaps match my previous time of 2:06. The crowd was a bit smaller, and I think a bit more die-hard overall. Getting to the start was a hike for most Brooklynites, and most Manhattanites too. The fun-runners didn't seem to be out in very strong numbers. I didn't realize this until I looked at my watch 3 miles out and realized that keeping pace with my neighbors meant I was running 9M miles. Hmmm. It felt hard but not impossible. I didn't really look again till I was halfway, and then realized that I was pretty much keeping the pace below 9:30, and breaking the 2 hour barrier, my goal before the end of the year, was actually looking possible. Of course I got competitive with myself. I don't think I'm capable of not doing so.

I really kicked it in gear at about mile 1o, but wasn't sure I'd make it sub 2:00. I gave up at mile 12 on that dream, realizing I just couldn't put out that much speed, but still crossed the line in 2:00:47! That included a pee stop, which took about that extra 47 seconds. Must have been the weather, the faster crowd, and some kick in my legs from the previous run and an easy 2 weeks in between. Of course I'll have higher expectations for the next half ... though it's not till April!