Sunday, May 7, 2006
This was my first Half Marathon run in Long Island, And I will say that it was quite fun. i had a net time of 1:47:50, which was good enough for 572 overall in a field of 3600. some balding dope around mile 5 literally shoved me out of his way. given how nice people who run are, i could not believe it! i followed behind him, directly behind him for nearly 4 miles, and then i made sure he was aware of who i was when i dusted him. that was around mile 9. the last 3 miles were painful as a result of poor pacing in the middle of the race, and probably because i did a half marathon a week ago too, but the worst feeling in the world was when this dope actually passed me by with less than a mile to go, as we were already in Eisenhower Park. I went beserk at that point. Not only did I pass him (yay) but I think I passed about 20 people in the last quarter mile. Thank God my stupidity was not severe enough so as to hurt myself.
Bottom line: I improved my net time 21 seconds over last week's half marathon in Queens. My next half is on my birthday in the Bronx (sheeesh). I must learn now to take it to the next level. I have to be able to clock in 7 minute miles in these long races. Not sure how. Will need to investigate.