Brooklyn Half-Marathon Registration

So, there are quite a few UNC fans that read this blog. Sorry guys! I don’t mean to offend anyone. All I’ll say is that I’m very thrilled the Jayhawks are in the Final Four. I’m heading home to Iowa this week and am planning a trip to visit my alma mater over the weekend. I haven’t been back in over 2 years and can’t wait to spend time in one of my most favorite places in the world. That is all.

By the way, I hope you all are excited for some Iowa pictures while I’m back home. Seriously though, there are some really great trails near my parents house so I’m looking forward to the change in scenery. Plus, sometimes my Dad bikes next to me on runs! So much fun. Once, he tried to get me to stop at a beer festival during a 14 miler. Carb loading?

I will also show you that electricity has indeed made it to the Midwest for those of you who haven’t been there and don’t believe me.

Anyway. Guess what!

(No guesses?? Fine.)

I was convinced by Lora and Katherine to sign up for NYRR’s Brooklyn Half-Marathon.  It wasn’t very hard to convince me but they definitely pushed me over the race-registration edge as I was debating last minute if I had enough time to train for this event. Which, I might add, opened for registration at noon today and already the website says it’s nearing capacity.

After a few site crashes and multiple refreshes of the webpage, my entry is now secure. It’s my first NYRR race as an actual member…loving the discount!

It may sound like an irrational decision to register for a half-marathon while I’m still celebrating my 4 mile long run. However, I was reminded that I don’t have to RACE it, I can always just use it as another training run. I like framing it that way. Plus, I couldn’t miss out on all the fun! Everyone seems abuzz about this race. I can see why; check out the race map…and the finish:

I love seeing blue on a map. I belong near water.

I’m working on a training plan right now. I’m mixing past plans and some ideas from the Runner’s World Smart Coach program, as well as the knowledge I have on training programs that work for me.  I’m not sure how this will go but I’ll surely let you know what I come up with.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I have 8 weeks. Go!

By the way, I’ve been chatting with my good friend Lauren about race belts vs those handheld water bottle holders. What do you guys like? Any specific brand? I hate every belt I’ve tried so far. I’m debating a water bottle “thing” (what are they called?) but she hates them.  She’s a big fan of her spi-belt. Thoughts?

Do you have an 8 week half training program? Are you running Brooklyn, too? (If so, we should meet up!) Have you ever run a race without actually “racing”? 

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  1. March 26, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    Thanks for your Tar Heel commiseration!

    I actually ran but didn’t race Brooklyn last year as it was my first long run after a foot injury. I had a hard time at Brooklyn last year because the miles in the park drove me crazy, so the new course looks interesting, although the larger field and the twists and turns makes me think it will be slow ….

    I have a fuelbelt with 2 water bottles which I find comfortable and use for marathon training. I also have a hand-held water bottle which I use when I take the dog out but I don’t find it as comfortable to hold something while I run.

    • March 26, 2012 / 2:18 pm

      Yeah you’re right…I guess it’s good that I’m not going for a PR! Someone was saying that the boardwalk gets really slippery if it rains so hopefully that’s not an issue too!

      Do you know the brand of your fuelbelt? The one thing that bothers me is the water sloshing around…drives me nuts!

  2. March 26, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    Oh, pulling for Kansas isn’t offensive at all! Congrats on their win. And congrats for signing up for that half marathon! Even if you’re not going for a PR, it definitely says something that you’re coming back from your injury and feel confident enough to sign up for one.

    I’ve never used a fuel belt or a handheld bottle, so can’t give any advice there. The longest I’ve run was my half marathon and I just utilized the race’s water stops instead of carrying my own.

    • March 26, 2012 / 8:44 pm

      I don’t know how confident I feel about it, but somehow I was able to enter my info and click “register” haha. We’ll see how it goes, I guess! Won’t hurt to try. Hopefully.

      I think in a half I’ll just use the water stops also, that usually works fine for me. Most of my shorts have little pockets so I can throw a gel in there if just in case!

  3. March 27, 2012 / 10:53 am

    I might be against the new school thinking of bringing my own water/supplements etc. but i prefer just going to the water stops.

    But if i had to, i’d go with the belt for this reason: your arm movement affects your stride, witch affects your pace. If you’re carrying a bottle in one arm, it will be heavier, and arm movement will not be symmetrical. Over the course of a full or half marathon, that can shorten your stride to a considerable distance.

    • March 27, 2012 / 12:07 pm

      So true! I totally forgot to consider how it would affect my stride. What kind of runner am I to forget that?! haha. Thanks for the tip! People also say the same thing about running with iPods…that it really does affect your running mechanics (But I’m still guilty of running with one)