I completely botched my goal of running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon for fun! I really had the best intentions to treat it as a long run because my last few runs had been terrible. But after the first few miles, I was feeling good both mentally and physically and ended up running a minute faster (1:44:17) than Hyannis Half!
Photo by Lucie Wicker Photography
I am running the Brooklyn Airbnb Half marathon this Saturday. After running the James Joyce Ramble 10k, I thought I might race the half.
However, I haven’t been able to prioritize running and training as much as I would have typically to actually race this race. I don’t want to share why just yet but it is for an exciting reason. I can divulge that one of the reasons is that I still prioritize classes over running. I sometimes laugh because had you asked me to prioritize classes when I started this blog, I would have looked at you like you were crazy!
My new goal for the Brooklyn Airbnb half marathon is to have fun. I am going to run this as a long run. I am NOT going to let myself try to race this because I know it will end poorly with my hips hating me. After this race, I am going to try to prioritize half marathon training so that I can race the Portland Half Marathon in July. The disclaimer is that if something comes up so that I can’t race it and I just run it for fun–no biggie. I’m just happy that I’m able to run distance again! I still have hip soreness (pretty much every day) but I am able to avoid the stabbing pains I have had in the past. A fellow running club member made me feel better when she said, “Every runner is always going to have aches and pains”.
Although it’s my current dream to Boston Qualify (BQ) at Philly. I know that it is becoming more and more unrealistic and I’m okay with that. I just like the idea of having unrealistic goals to make sure I’m dreaming big. I just have to remember to have the realistic goal in mind too.
Are any of you running Brooklyn Airbnb?
Are you a runner who has everyday runner pains get to you?
This past Friday I ran the Finish at the Fifty. This is always a special race for me because I remember how I felt really sick for 4 days after running it 2 years ago (read more on why here). Every year I go back I feel like it is an accomplishment!
This year was particularly special since it was my first race with my new minimalist running form I was getting trained in at the Spaulding National Running Center. I was pumped to see how I felt after so I could also give my PT some feedback when I went back for a check-in.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. From some of my past runs, I was hoping to get an 8:30 pace however I ended up killing it and doing much better than I thought. I had a net time of 23:44 which ended up being an average pace of 7:39! I felt good throughout the entire race with the exception of the balls of my feet (especially my right foot). It felt like I was developing a huge blister on both feet. I realized this probably was because I was running much faster than I have been and my feet weren’t used to it yet. After the race, my hips haven’t been hurting any more than the typical soreness they have from sitting all day. I think this is a good sign that I can keep training for upcoming races…I’ll let you know what is in store soon!
I also was proud of our friend Derek who completed his first 5k and his wife Beth who PR’d from last year by 7 minutes! Last year was her first race and since then she has been a running maniac and completed her first half marathon–I can’t wait to see where her running shoes bring her next!
Overall this was a great race experience. I only had one pet peeve and that was the race start. I am a huge advocate of everyone participating in a race, however I think it’s important for people to respect the pacing groups at the starting line up.
I went to around the 8:00 pace group since I know some people often move to a faster group when they shouldn’t (I mean even I was guilty of this when I was hoping for an 8:30 pace!). Once we got started running, there were SO many people who started the race walking that must have been in the 7:00 or faster pace group! It was so frustrating to get stuck and not be in a groove to start. I was able to find my way to an area where I could run at a consistent pace, but the start was not ideal. I know that it is a fun race, but I think it can be a fun race but also organized in a way.
Last thing I wanted to mention was how impressed I am with the female winner. She was 14 years old and had an average pace of 6:17! I won’t underestimate that kid standing next to me next time I’m at a start line! 🙂
Hope you all had a happy 4th!
Read my past year recaps to learn more about the course and experience:
Questions for you
How do you feel about people lining up in pace groups at the beginning of races?
Do you run any races on the 4th?
I have been struggling to get motivation to run. Whenever I start to increase my weekly mileage, my hips start to give me more trouble. That is why I opted to run the Boston Run to Remember 5 Miler instead of the half marathon.
After running the race faster than I thought I could, I gained some confidence that I can get back to it. I still have a lot of improvement to do because my hips continue to have soreness and pain, but thankfully it isn’t worse than it was before.
My Running Related Goals
Build core and overall body strength
Build base mileage
Slowly incorporate speed workouts
- June 24 – Corporate Challenge
- July 3 – Finish at the Fifty 5k
- August 24 – Memphis Soul BBQ 5k*
- September 7 – Running with Friends 5k*
The following races are ones I am considering to be my first half marathon back.
- October 5 – Smuttynose Rockfest
- October 19 – Baystate Half Marathon*
- November 9 – Newton Chilly Half Marathon* (if I can’t run Baystate!)
*I haven’t registered for yet.
I want to get back to distance running. My ultimate goal has been to try to get the men’s Boston Marathon qualifying time. That may be unrealistic even if I were injury-free, but I love trying to push myself just a little more each time. Instead of jump into a marathon, I want to test out my luck with a half marathon in the fall. I think that will give me enough time build some base mileage again.
I am giving myself some options on which half because I’m not sure when I will feel comfortable to run it. I am also trying to keep them local so that it is easier to sign up for last minute. I don’t want to have to worry about having to book a hotel or traveling far.
Lastly, I won’t register until I am positive I can complete the race. Races can be pricey so I don’t want to have to opt out of the race because of hip pain once I hit a certain mileage like I had to for the Boston Run to Remember. Thankfully I could switch to the 5 miler, but not all of the races have options to switch to a shorter distance. I don’t regret signing up for the Boston Run to Remember half-it really did push me to try to run more consistently. Having the 5k’s in the books for me will keep my motivation going but not put a huge dent in my wallet for a race I can’t run.
Questions for you
What half marathon do you think I should run? Do you have other suggestions that aren’t on my list?
What are some of your favorite strength workouts?