So the race. I stayed with my friend MS since she's downtown which cut the commute time in half. 7 1/2 hours of sleep and it was time to head out to Brooklyn. We had just enough time to throw our stuff on the bus and use the portapotty before heading over to the corral. Not without incident, though. I ended up tripping over fencing on the ground and went flying through the air. I made good air as another teammate saw me and he came over to make sure I was OK. My family is well known for the klutz factor...
So over to the corral, I waited for the gun to go off with some other teammates. They were looking to run around 1:40 which I knew was not in my plans for today. I set my watch to beep if I went faster than 8 min/mile and slower than 9:15. I really had no idea what pace my legs would decide to do today. I loved that there was a corral system as it alleviated the bottlenecks at the beginning of the race. I was off and running right away! As we started on the boardwalk, my legs found a rhythm and the first mile clocked in at 7:53. Hmm, faster than I expected but I guess I'll go with it for now. 7:52 for mile 2. And no wipe-out on the boardwalk!
Once I hit Ocean Parkway I knew I just needed to hit my zone and ride with it to Prospect Park. It was a bit windy but not terrible. As the miles peeled away my legs started to tell me that I was ill prepared for this race. I fought through and kept my pace between 8:00-8:15 for the most part. Mile 10 I stopped for water/gatorade to get myself ready to hit the last 3+ miles hard [which included the lovely 1+ mile hill]. Success as I managed to pull it together and run under 8:10 the last couple of miles. My final time was 1:47:17, good for an 8:11 pace (my garmin said 13.19 miles I had run which is an 8:08 pace:-p).
My watch was awesome! I knew I was in for a good race when it kept beeping at me for going too fast. One guy even commented "your watch needs to stop beeping." He laughed when I told him it was for going too fast:-p
I'm back in the game and with a race like this on no training it makes me wonder what will happen once the training commences. Hmm..
8:13 - water
8:12 - water
8:32 - stopped gatorade/water to regroup
8:24 - hilly mile!