Brooklyn Half Marathon - 1:30:42 / 6:55
Chip Time: 1:30:42
Age Grade: 65.2%
2 weeks after the Sugarloaf Marathon, I was desperate to get my nine races in. Hence, I ran Brooklyn this Saturday morning and hopefully be recovered within the next 24 hours for Japan Day. The BK half was a reverse course from prior years and it reminded me of the NYC half. The weather was absolutely ideal. If it hit the 80's...well that's even better!
I'm excited about this result. I used my teammate Cass (total speed demon hitting 6:54s) as my rabbit this time. My attempt to catch up to her was futile as I was already 15-20 seconds behind on the last 2 miles. Also I did noticed that the water stops were limited.
Overall, it is definitely a step in the right direction. Funny thing was when I got to mile 11, I told myself, "damn, ill be done soon..." Well goes to show you how I got used to running the 26 miles :). After Sugarloaf, all of my runs have been very grueling and lethargic. The confidence coming into the race was certainly not there. I know it may not be a good move to run 8 weeks of 3 marathons and a half as a result I'm not close to 85% yet. But seriously i doubt all runners are 100%; every runner has their own aches and pains. Ultimately, I know the fatigue is still there, but I'm very pleased with the outcome.
I hope I can slowly build up my speed (ie. start going to the speed sessions), focus on "A" races and PR in the distance soon.
Right now, I'm going to grab post-recovery drinks with Sapporos and Tsingtaos. Till then, I will be running the Japan Day 4 miler. No expectations since it is a back to back race, Ill be happy to hit in the 6:50s and add some mileage before and after as a nice mid tempo run.
One more thing, the hot milfy Queen Wittenberg was handing out packets of salt in the beginning of the race....seriously, she is one classy and special lady.