Staten Island Half Race Recap 10/7/12

The circumstances preceding this half-marathon were less than ideal for running.

I was up late dancing at a wedding. I drank a little wine and cinnamon-sugar rimmed pumpkin beer. I did eat carbs…probably way too many. My head hit the pillow hard around 1AM.

You can’t see my dancing shoes, but they were ON.

Did I mention I had an 8:30AM start time, and we were on Shelter Island, an island OFF of Long Island? To those of you who aren’t familiar with the area…Eastern Long Island is FAR. Shelter Island is FREAKIN’ FURTHER. (Basically I took a lot of ferries on three various islands this weekend). Again, ideal for fun times, not ideal for half-marathon-running.

So, Brendan and I woke up at about 5:15AM. That’s about 4.25 hours of sleep, for those of you who don’t feel like doing the math. (Ahem, that’s me, always.) If you know me, you know I’m an old lady who typically goes to bed around 9:30 or 10PM and gets a solid 8 hours of shut eye every night. 4.25 hours does not bode well for me or those around me. I think the only reason I woke up and successfully avoided a DNS (Did Not Start) was because I was too tired to think about finding another time to do a long run. If I showed up on Staten Island I’d be done in a couple hours, I wouldn’t have to worry about figuring out hydration on my own (love me a good aid station!), and I could go home successful and guilt-free. (The guilt factor always gets me.) Plus, I’d receive guaranteed entry into the NYC Half in March for finishing the 5-borough series that I worked so hard on (running 4 of the 5 races; I completed the Brooklyn HalfQueens 10k, and Bronx 10 Miler…SI would be my 4th).

Do I need to remind you that we were waaaayy out East on Long Island, and the race was on Staten Island? Even though the both have “island” in the name, they are not close. Not at all.

This was the situation we were looking at. Ouch.

I didn’t even pull up this map until about 30 minutes after we left, if that tells you anything.

As we toured the entire island, I focused every ounce of my energy on not falling asleep. I worked really hard at pinning my bib onto my shirt. I DID NOT HAVE COFFEE. This made everything exponentially harder. Eventually we made it; Brendan dropped me off and went on to work, I jogged a little and met up with Lora and Dayna, my Ragnar teammates!

Remember them?

Thankfully, Dayna offered to run with me. I would have been absolutely miserable without her. Around mile..ohhh…ONE, I was already thinking about how tired I felt. But I hung in there, chatted with Dayna about Ragnar and Ironman and the cute older ladies out cheering, checked out the skyline, and took my sweet time getting to the finish line. We discussed how inspirational some of the walkers were, and how they’re shining examples of determination for people who might not think they could do a half-marathon. (I love that.) My legs felt okay…my brain did not. We lamented on how everyone says Staten Island is flat. Staten Island is not flat.

Well, at least Dayna looks cute! I have a lot of shirts on. And do not match. 

Part of the course was along the water and beautiful…the other part was through a warehouse area, and then through a neighborhood. It was an out-and-back which I kind of enjoyed; I like knowing what’s coming and where exactly I am on the course in relation to the finish line. I also loved seeing the runners going the opposite way on the other side of the road. I kept my eyes peeled for speedy Lora, but I missed her! Maybe because I was also concentrating on how amazing peanut butter Gu is. IT TASTES LIKE REAL PEANUT BUTTER. So wonderful.

La-de-da! Just running my 5th borough in the 5-borough series. FINALLY. No big deal.

This definitely wasn’t my best race pacing-wise, but I did enjoy the company and again, nothing hurt. BIG WIN. We even made a bathroom stop! I usually never do that, I’m too OCD…but this was definitely more of a training run. If you’re a numbers person, here you go:

Not so impressive for me personally. Note to self…SLEEP.

Mile 9…I remember that dang hill!

We finished with a strong kick (hey, 8:07!) and then had to sprint directly to the ferry. I still had a long trip ahead of me. Dayna and I took the ferry to the city, and then I had to take the subway to Penn Station, and THEN get on the train out to NJ. Such a ridiculously long day.

See me hiding in the corner?

Stay classy, Staten Island.

Bling Bling! Okay, so I threw the NYC Marathon medal in there too…just to prove I really have run a race in every single borough!

But, I finished this challenge feeling invincible. After the past couple weeks (mainly Ragnar), I feel like I can do ANYTHING. This is why I love running. I found my strong. And it’s here to stay.

How do you get through tough races? How do you find your strong? Has a specific run/race ever made you feel like you could do anything?

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  1. October 11, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    congrats on finishing! :) I think it’s fun to sue those races as training runs- so much more exciting that way I think. and i LOVE peanut butter gu OMG. I think it taste just like it but kinda like PB icing. so amazing. Chocolate and PB gu are asically the only flavors i’ll use :)

    • October 11, 2012 / 10:19 pm

      I can’t believe this was the first time I tried it, I’m obsessed with peanut butter. I want to eat this Gu all the time now!! haha! I also like Jet Blackberry…it has caffeine :)

  2. October 12, 2012 / 10:14 am

    Nice job! And YOU look cute in those pics! I’m glad you are feeling emboldened for racing. Confidence makes so much difference. Congrats!

    And, ahem, confession time. I happen to have heard of Shelter Island from a certain episode of Housewives of NYC!

    • October 19, 2012 / 1:54 pm

      Awww, thanks!! Hahahaha I don’t watch that show but that’s so funny!

  3. October 12, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    That’s really cool that there’s a series of races there with medals like that. I wish we had something like that here, it would be really neat to run in different areas and explore them when you normally wouldn’t. Plus it would sorta bring in run tourism to those places. Looks like you had a great time and I think your finish time was good, it was still faster than my first half marathon and that wasn’t run as a long run. Love the medals!

    • October 19, 2012 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks Amy! I definitely feel lucky to be able to do stuff like this :)

  4. October 12, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    nice job! I think the best races can be the ones you just really don’t freak out about and just let happen.

    • October 19, 2012 / 1:52 pm

      Totally agree. Always the best when you’re relaxed!

  5. October 13, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    NICE medals!!!! Nothing hurting is definitely a big win. :)

    • October 19, 2012 / 1:52 pm

      Thanks girl!

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