Race Face: NYRR Brooklyn Half-Marathon

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Tonight’s post is going to be short and sweet because it’s late and I’m tired.  On Saturday, the past twelve weeks of training will come together on a 13.1 mile run through one of New York City’s 5 boroughs…if the world doesn’t end first, that is.  On certain days, I am really excited about this run.  On others, I am really nervous about it.  Well, ’twas ever thus, as they say.

I mentioned earlier that I thought I would go into this run with an A,B, and C goal.  I think this will make things a bit more balanced than things were for the Colon Cancer 15k.  Things have been pretty up and down recently, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect.  As a result, I’ve chosen goals that I think represent what I can realistically achieve.

My A goal: to finish under 2 hours.  This would mean an average pace of about 9:09 per mile.  My half-marathon PR is a 1:58:28, and I’m not looking to beat that this weekend, but I would be thrilled to come close.

My B goal: 2:05, which would mean an average pace of about 9:30 per mile.

My C goal: 2:10, which means an average pace of about 9:55 per mile.

My slowest time for a half-marathon is a 2:11, and I’m pretty sure I’m in better shape now than I was at the time I ran that race.  The biggest challenge this weekend is going to be how I fare mentally.  In spite of a few bad runs, I am physically ready to run this race, I just need to get my head in the game for it!

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  1. when you start to feel tired/slack/etc, come up with a mantra to push yourself. if you can focus on pushing through the pain/tiredness, you’ll likely forget about the mental weight trying to drag you down.

    good luck! run strong!

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