In case you hadn't heard it has been cold!!! After Central Park half where it was 44 degrees......the temps dropped right back down. Oh and I should mention that the entire course is on the water.
One of the best things about this race is that it started at 10:00am !!! We all know I hate getting up early. We all met at Susan's house and I drove into Brooklyn. We got there fast and only had a little problem finding parking. We got our bibs and went back to the car to hang out until it was race time. Because as you may have figured out....it was COLD!!!
It was a small race so they held off on the start for those of us on the bathroom line. Susan was sick and I am slow so we said Good Luck to Tracy who is a sub 2:00 runner!! We headed to the back of the pack and started off. The course is an out and back and out further and back course. We run along and go under the Verrazano Bridge just across the water from Manhattan. It was cold but I dressed well for it. I got a new winter running jacket for Victorias Secret which is very comfy and warm. I also wore my lined Brooks pants so I was only cold on the back of my neck when my bondi band got wet....I had a neck gator from merrel down and dirty too.....funny thing is I saw over a dozen other people with the same one LOL
I tried to take pictures but it was cold and I was just not feeling this run. Pretty soon on my 3:1 run:walk became a 3:1 walk:run. It is a good thing I am from NY and walk fast LOL I took pictures on the way out and then put my camera away for the rest of the run. I should have done the way back at least once for the NYC skyline.
I was walking A LOT and since she was sick Susan was right behind me but she just kept running. She is awesome. I kept an eye on my watch and knew there was a 3:00 time limit and I wanted to be sure to get it. When I got to the last water stop it was gone.....this was annoying. As I was nearing the finish line I was just passing the 2:50 mark so I was relieved until I saw they were pulling ip the mat!!! As I crossed I said "I am not last" I knew of 3 people behind me and I wanted them to get a time. 99% of the stuff was packed up in the finish area and poor Tracy was waiting for us after her 1:50 finish!!! Susan finished right behind me and we headed home.
You will notice there is no picture of the medal. Remember the $45.00 price tag....well the medal was a cheap. Since I work for an awards company I know how much they paid for that plastic medal on the skinny ribbon.....LESS THAN $1ea. Yeah I know it was a cheap race and it is not supposed to be about the medal....but I like nice medals!!!
When the results were listed there was no one listed after 2:36!!! I was pissed. I emailed them. I was not a jerk and even put the email on FB to confirm and everyone said it was well written. In the end I got results the next day, they claim a glitch but the glitch in my opinion was that they pulled hop the timing mat.
Do I regret the race? No I was there with friends and I started and finished. The course was not my favorite so I will not do this one again or any of the other dozens of half marathons they have there.
Have you ever done a race you didn't like? Why?