2 years later and I’m BAAAACK!
After taking on Brooklyn back in 2015 with rain and shine and a PR (!) then a 3 hour commute back home to a shower and a nap, I had sort of swore off this race. I’d run it, I’d had a good time, I’d experienced this iconic event… but I knew there were other races I wanted to tackle and well… Brooklyn is just so faraway from home!
But, when a number is coming your way, and you have already been in training for 13.1, it’s very hard to say no. So you say yes and just a week after the Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon you are back in the start corrals to conquer the distance again.
What comes before the race? The pre-race party! Bib pickup, apparel, music, and fun give aways. Right on the water on the pier, with a lovely view of the city and Liberty Island- Brooklyn knows how to throw quite a party. Then it’s all about race day prep!
The first time I ran the Brooklyn Half, yes I PR-ed and finished in 2:18… but the conditions were rough and I was knocked out the rest of the day. First it was humid, then it RAINED, then if got real sunny and well… that was a hot race. The course was new and I got a little turned around… cause I don’t spend that much time in Brooklyn. So this year, the partly cloudy conditions with a light breeze and my knowledge of the course made things a little easier.
This race is really divided into two sections. The first 6 miles go from the start line and after a little out n’ back you head into and around Prospect Park. These miles are hilly and curvy keeping you on your toes as the race kicks off. The second 6 miles or so are flat flat flat along Ocean Parkway all the way to the boardwalk of Coney Island. Flat can feel easy and be crazy challenging in it’s own right. Not only are you starting to get tired, but flat puts a whole different kind of strain on the body.
This year, over half of Ocean Parkway had been re-paved the night before, making this segment of the race literally SO SMOOTH! After the adrenaline of the first 6 miles and the cheering in the park, I was able to fall into a groove for the second half. I had already started my run-a-mile/ walk-a-mile routine at mile 5 and was happily plugging along.
Honestly there was nothing about this race that went wrong for me. I felt strong and happy the whole course. No, I didn’t end with a PR but I also didn’t end with an injury or a migraine. Crossing the finish line as a light drizzle began felt good… until that light drizzle started to turn into a bit more of a steady downpour. Ok, so maybe that was the worst of it… being sweaty and wet. But that’s not too bad! And this year, I was able to carry on with my day after racing.
Did you run the BK Half this year? In the past? Maybe you plan to run it next year and have a question? Sent them my way!