Race Name: The 5 Boro Series: Manhattan Half
Distance: 13.1m (Half-Marathon)
Location: Central Park, NY
Date/Time: January 27, 2013 @ 8:00am
Weather: 17 deg, 60% hum, 17mph, Fair.
Finish Time: 1:47:47
Pace: 8:14 pr/ml
Overall Placement: 1305 out of 4881 - top 26.7%
Gender Placement: 1063 out of 2947 - top 36.1%
Age Group (45-49) Placement: 113 out of 352 - top 32.1%
Forest Park Runners Placement: 1st Place out of 3
Against Previous Races of Same Distance: 13th out of 39.
Course Record: YES!
Personal Record: NO.
Hey everybody, I’m b-a-a-a-a-c-k! And more than I want to be too. Need to lose some weight, and need to stop saying that I need to lose some weight and actually do it.
The other day I posted on Facebook that I was 6 pounds overweight, and took a lot of heat from my non-runner friends who think that it’s a silly thing to whine about. But let me tell you, for every pound that I am over 157, that equates to slower times. When I train, I don’t give a fuck typically how slow or fast I run, but when I race? That’s another story. I “tipped the scales” at about 165 the morning of the Manhattan Half Marathon this past Sunday (1/27/2013). At a 5’ 8” frame that’s not bad, but as a runner, it sucks….the speed out of me. I probably could have paced out at 7:30 instead of 8 and change.
Also, and as it was my first race since the Thanksgiving Trot, I did several things wrong. Yes people, as much as I toot my own horn when I do this right, I will be the first to body slam myself when I screw up.
Screw up #1 – Leave for your race ontime.Manhattan is a jungle when it comes to parking. So unless you are looking to forklift a small treasure chest of cash to a parking garage, prepare to play musical parking chairs. Even on Sunday when the Avenues aren’t metered. So...What the fuck happened, you say? I had to run to starting line, and despite my elite corral status, I wound up starting all the way back. Zig zagging around the 12-minute milers, was no HOV lane for sure!
Screw Up #2 – Slim down.Duh. But I already belly-flopped in the beginning about this one.
Screw Up #3 – Overtrain?Ummm…Let’s see, I have run over 230 miles since January 2 leading up to the race. A beast of the road. I’ve already shattered several personal endurance records this month so far, without, fortunately, shattering my body (262 miles as I write this now- new record for a single month-woot!!) However, how can you do well, when you work out too much or….
Screw Up #4 – Not sleep enough.This was beyond my control….to a degree. As a critical engineer at a fortune 120 company, you need to do whatever must be done to make sure your business floats, and floats correctly. That said, I worked from 8am Thursday until 7:30am the next day. And even then, I stuck a 10 mile run in between. Hence, MACHINE. However, machines need to rest, and instead of catching up on z’s on Saturday, I did not.
Screw Up #5 – Wardrobe Malfunction.Yeah so, I got this cool new iPod Nano (7th gen) with Bluetooth. So between that and my JF3 Jaybird wireless Bluetooth headphones, all looked well…..Until about a mile into the race. The music suddenly stopped, and when I reached over to my left shoulder, the armband was GONE. The sucker fell off. I looked behind me at the thousand or so, runners that I had just aggressively passed. They were stampeding towards me (someone play the sounds from a typical Pamplonian Running of the Bulls, please). I knew now that I had to run back to get my investment. Turned out the Bluetooth had a better signal then I thought. I ran back about a city block to find my tiny but expensive investment laying precariously on the ground. It was a miracle no one stepped on it. The “event” cost me a minute.
Screw Up # 6 – All this mileage, but few hills.No excuse! Even on a treadmill, one can always up the angle of ascent. Bah, I suck!
See? I can be self-deprecating when necessary!
Despite all these challenges, I clocked my first mile in 8:46. Rather than to belabor how I shaved off time, did this and that and the other I will just say that I was able to finish up in a time of 1:47:47.
Oh, and it was fucking cold as hell outside too. 17 degrees at race start, but when I first left my home it was 8 with a wind chill making it feel like “1”.
Interestingly, and with all the races I did last year (33), this was the first NYRR, scored event in Manhattan since the August 4th team championships.
|No real medal, but I did get a cyber one though, lol.|