Race: Rock N Roll Brooklyn (Inaugural!)
Date & Time: October 10, 2015 | 7:00AM
Conditions: 62 and sunny!
Time & Pace: 2:14:07 | 10:14
It would be a little ridiculous to recap this race, being 8 months out, but it would probably be equally ridiculous to do it 8 hours after — it was such an amazing blur.
The week before the race was the one time in probably the last 3 years I felt truly sick. Fever, sore throat, migraines, stuffy nose.
On top of the nerves from the sheer distance, being under the weather shot all my goals. And honestly, for the best. Suddenly, it wasn’t about a time (which is ridiculous for a first time distance), it was only about running a race during which I felt okay. The idea of not running crossed my mind, and immediately
crossed right out. I had been training for the first time in my life, and it was right there.
Nerves and all, me, my two friends and my fabulous new outfit (run in your race-day outfit before race-day, but I’m sure you know that), lined up in our corral and before you know it — we were off.
You never, ever forget your first big race. Except when you kinda do, because as I said, it’s a blur of sorts.
I remember Mile 5, running on the left side of Prospect Park.
I remember running on a freaking HIGHWAY.
I remember seeing my good friend Liz, looping around to the final 4 miles, while I was closing out on Mile 7.
I remember eating my first race-day Gu and SnapChat-ing it at Mile 8.
I remember thinking, “this is flat” and then Mile 10 was an uphill highway ramp.
I remember seeing a sign “only a 5K left!”
I remember texting a group chat at Mile 12, saying “Mile 12!” but somehow the end felt 13 miles away.
I remember turning my gaze and seeing none other than my best friend, 200 meters from the finish line.
And the crossing the finish life, the only thought in my head was “how could anyone do another 13.1?”
If you’re contemplating a half marathon – do it. It took me 2 failed registrations over the course of 3 years to finally commit. It helps to have someone do it with you, but don’t worry if you don’t.
The Rock N Roll Brooklyn is a perfect first half — they’re back in Brooklyn this year on October 8th, and I’m almost positive I’ll be there. Probably in purple pants.