New PR’s Part 2: Staten Island Half

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si.1Happy New Year! There have been a lot of changes in my life, thus the lack of updates. But what has not changed is my PR status due to the fact that I haven’t raced for a long time now and my temporary emergency work with Ebola at UNICEF, and quite frankly am coming up on 3 weeks of not running at all (winter storms, and the hellish process of moving!!!) so no PR’s to come anytime soon. But that’s ok, for once in my life my legs aren’t tired when I walk up the escalator to get out of the subway!

So back to my glory days….Staten Island Half!!! I don’t remember much of the race except that I felt GREAT. The morning required a super early wake up, a subway ride and a cold ferry ride, which ended up very scenic.

Downtown

Downtown

Manhattan from Staten Island

Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry

We met up with our fellow runner friends and shuffled off to our horsie corrals.

Me, Mari's bf, Mari, Danny, Kim, and FBa behind the camera

Me, Mari’s bf, Mari, Danny, Kim, and FBa behind the camera

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Going for a PR at the NYC Half Marathon

IMG_8247Last Sunday I received the latest edition to my medal collection and with it, a new personal record. I am giddy with joy!

The time was a mere 37 seconds faster than my last record half (Brooklyn Half Marathon 2013) but for me it is a WHOPPING 37 seconds. And it all started off so badly!

First of all, as you are all aware, this winter has been quite drastic to say the least. With the weather being so…wintery…it was hard to get out the door and run. It was dark, icy, dangerous and bitter, bitter cold. And of course, riding off the high of achieving my first Full Marathon (blog post to come!) last November, I wasn’t super motivated to go out and kill myself in the park in 6 degree Fahrenheit weather over black ice with frozen toes and nose and burning red legs (even with the running tights) so I did a little relaxin’ and allowed myself to skip runs (which was probably a good and safe idea most of the time, but probably not all of the time…)….

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More Fitness Women’s Half Marathon Recap

Another Half Marathon, another day

IMG_6811Last Sunday, I ran the More Fitness Women’s Half Marathon. I had signed up because it was on a Sunday which is my long run day anyway, so I thought why not. I would normally do over 13.1 miles but it would be a race so I’d be going at a speed unattainable in training so it would all even out. I got my race bib at the expo on Saturday and my number was 231! The lowest number yet. Good omen? At least I hoped it was a good omen that I would finish cramp-less or within a decent time, since I was only 2 weeks recovered from my full marathon run (see last post) and although I was walking fine, whenever I ran, I’d immediately get tired or stiffen up!

I woke up that morning very, very tired from the night before’s taiko practice. I had my mate  and ended up with a stomachache. This was not going well! But I saw it wasn’t hot out so I would endure. I paid for it, after all! And my number was so good…maybe I would luck out and feel better.

IMG_6817At the race, I was in the first corral…and although I came just ontime, it was pretty empty! The race staff started yelling at us few to move up, but then I was pretty much on the start line! With my stomachache only slightly better, I started becoming legitimately concerned that I would get trampled. The cool thing was I was right near two Ethiopian runners, and Deena, the professional runner! They were warming up and slipped right under the rope after a photo op. I was going to get to watch these elite ladies take off! Continue reading

Preparing to Run Like a Princess

it isn’t easy running like a princess, especially without beauty sleep

Now that my big work event is finally over, it is time to tell you about the race! It was a great race, if not a bit silly, and I am very content that I gave it my all, before, during, and even after the race! Hey – park hopping through Disney isn’t easy!

Let’s start from the beginning.

Prepping in Brooklyn: I spent the night before the flight trying to pack, but in reality, I was working on making a sort of ‘Disney Princess’ running outfit. This is what I came up with, which also made me go to bed WAY too late:

Sporty Snow White?

To Florida: Shaun and I had to wake up at a pretty ungodly hour to get to the airport at the crack of dawn. We arrived in Orlando and Magically Expressed to our hotel. It took us awhile to get situated after we realized it was colder than we had expected, but we dutifully headed out to the runner’s expo to pick up my race packet, and then the parks to scare myself silly on Animal Kingdom’s dino-ride (sooooper scary) and find pasta in Epcot’s Italy. There was only one restaurant open there, and ALL the people, presumably runners, were there to carb-up too. We ended up getting a table outside in the freezing cold. Was it all worth it for my tiny and expensive plate of pasta and big beer? Only time would tell.

A pirate among Princesses

Expo says it all

Tower of Terror is nothing compared to the scary dinosaurs!

Freezing in Epcot's Italy just to carb up for the big race

We booked it back to the hotel after dinner because we were really frozen. It was kinda…miserable. I was getting really nervous about the next morning, since I would be in my running shorts and tank. And guess what time we had to be on the bus?

3:30 AM

Needless to say, we went to bed around 10:30pm to shortly wake up at 3 in the freakin’ morning and get to the corrals.

3:30 AM: We managed to wake up on time and be in the bus line promptly at 3:30am. The bus took us to Epcot and soon after, I had to say goodbye to Shaun, giving him my one long sleeve shirt to hold, and then shuffle off to my corral.

Pretty perky for 3:00am

Not perky anymore: Catching a few more Z's on the bus

Corral A: After being very nervous about my corral placement, originally the LAST corral since I had no official 10K time when I signed up for the race, I managed to change my corral to the 1st corral at the expo! This was awesome news since there were about 16,000 runners and I did NOT want to be behind 15,000 of them. The only downside was that Corral A took about an hour to get to from the Runner’s Only gate. That meant a long shuffle from about 4:30am – 5:20am in the pitch black freezing cold which is pre-dawn.

Corral A sticker!

15 seconds from the Start Line!

15 seconds from the Start Line!

After a pep talk about not shooting off too fast from Jeff Galloway and a blessing from the Fairy Godmother….it was 3, 2, 1…..GO!!!!!

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Princess Blackfoot, the Half Marathoner!

I FINALLY RAN MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!

Disney Princess Half Marathon

13.1 Miles were Mine

And it was ROYAL.
1:43:01
Distance HALF MAR
Clock Time 1:43:16
Chip Time 1:43:01
Overall Place 141 / 15784
Gender Place 141 / 15784
Division Place 38 / 2471
Age Grade 63.9%
5K Split 25:03
10K Split 49:10
15K Split 1:13:23

             

PS: My Cherry Tree 10 Miler Race Results came in proper – Chip Time was 1:18:52!