Immediately, within the first mile, my stomach started to give me issues. I just thought it was nerves or something and just needed to run it out. By mile 4 I was still feeling pretty uncomfortable but continued to ignnore it. As we got to the Park Drive I started to look for a pit stop as I knew there was no way I could finish this half without stopping. It was that BAD. Finally just passed the 10K point I made my pit stop for 2.5 minutes or so. I felt a bit better and knew I'd be able to finish the race. Given the stopping, etc I made my new goal sub 1:50.
I started back up and ran a very controlled 8:10-8:15 pace. Final time: 1:49:21 with the pit stop. Not too shabby. The photo is from the Ben Franklin Parkway - just another walk in the park home;) I've started to utilize the hat again as a repellent from sweat in the eyes. I'm thinking that will happen for the marathon too. Yellow cap anyone? ;-p
Since the last time I've also finished up two more 20 milers and a 55 mile week. One twenty miler is shown on the left. We ran from Columbus Circle, around the tip of Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park, a lap of Prospect Park before heading back and ending on the LES. As usual, a training season would not be complete with me wiping out somewhere. I managed to wipe out on a sidewalk in Brooklyn and now sport a lovely wound on my left knee (good job by the photographer not to get that knee in the photo!). It was nasty humid with essentially 100% humidity as when we got to the tip of Manhattan you could not see Brooklyn! It was eerie as a cruise ship was coming in it looked like it was coming from nowhere out of the fog. Surreal. Finished that run in a shade under 3 hours.
Yesterday, for my final long run I joined a group for the bridges run. The first four miles I realized it was definitely going faster than I needed to be at. I was running closer to MP then LSD pace! I dropped back a group and feel great today. Ran another solid 7 today.
Two weeks to go. Unbelievable. So far the weather is good but we all know what happened last year in Scranton and Chicago (both turned into Steamtown Marathons literally!).