Friday Five – What Happened at the NYC Half Marathon

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Two weeks ago, I posted about how all FIVE things that I hoped for at the Publix Florida Half Marathon DID NOT happen.

Last Friday, I wrote about Five Things that I hoped would happen during the NYC Half Marathon.

In case you are in suspense…

My topic for today is: What happened at the NYC Half Marathon

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March 17, 2019

If you follow my blog, you know that after many lottery attempts, I got an guaranteed entry to the NYC Half Marathon. The Brooklyn Half in May 2018 was a miserable experience – weather-wise but my finish time (2:11:23) was good enough.

I did not set goals for the race but as I did with my previous half marathon, I wrote about hopes and “hoped” that I would be more successful for this race.

1. I hope that it doesn’t rain.


It was cold (colder than predicted) and windy but it did not rain (and the sun came out by the end.)

2. I hope to meet up with running friends and/or make new friends.


I rode down on the bus to NYC and sat next to someone I had never met and she was running the race. Lots of great conversation.

I spent time with Cari at the expo and after the race. We had fun, as usual.

I knew 3 local runners doing it and waved to one of them during the race.

3. I hope to run relatively pain-free.


Zero pain from the calf.  YAY!!

Of course, my legs were toast by mile 10 (and the last 2 miles in the park were torture) because I was very undertrained.

4. I hope to beat my last half marathon time (of 2:20:29).


It was a very tough course and I was recovering from an injury so I was very happy!! (The course was long, as well).

5. I hope to enjoy the race and the day.


I ran around Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, over the Manhattan Bridge, through Manhattan (and Tines Square) and ending in Central Park. – lots of sights to view –  the atmosphere was electric and the crowd support amazing. It was even better than I could have imagined. NYC rocks.

Thanks Cari for the pic. I had tears in my eyes running here.

Happy Running! 



32 thoughts on “Friday Five – What Happened at the NYC Half Marathon

  1. I knew you’d beat your time. Not difficult for you.

    Pretty amazing that in that crowd you ran into people you knew from back home, but I actually have had similar experiences. It’s a small world after all.

    Hope the weather doesn’t effect the wedding! Ugh! Reminds me of my Bat Mitzvah. My parents made me have it in March rather than in February because of Feb’s notoriously bad weather. Of course it sleeted.

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  2. Hooray for no calf pain! You must be so happy about that! Running a half with calf pain would have been terrible. Nice job on your finish time too!

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  3. This looks like such an amazing race. I am just so happy you were able to get through it without pain and checking off all those things on your list. You did so great, too, which I know is the icing on the cake!


  4. That is wonderful! I’m glad you met your goals and that you got through the race without a lot of discomfort. Congratulations!!!


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