Staten Island 1/2 Recap + Breast Cancer Walk

This post was written yesterday and I accidently posted it to the totally wrong page. Clearly I am in dire need of sleep!

I am in newlywed PR City, ya’ll. Does that make even the slightest bit of sense? No. But that’s what I mean… I’m still riding the runner’s high VERY high since Sunday’s PR. Super unexpected PR of almost 8 minutes. Let’s get into this.

Saturday night I chowed down on my usual pre-race dinner of a medium cheese-less Domino’s pizza with onion and jalapenos.

up close money shot. #PizzaPorn
up close money shot. #PizzaPorn

I ate it while watching some of Blue Crush (this is one of my big race motivating movies… probably because Kate Bosworths’ body is RIDICULOUS in it) and then remembered I wanted to watch Spirit of the Marathon which is on Netflix! I’m probably the last runner to have watched it but if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. I was in tears by the end and it played a huge roll in my PR yesterday. I felt so motivated to run the best race I could run!

The race started at 8:30 and it’s quite a ways from my apartment. We were on the subway for close to an hour and then the ferry takes about 20 minutes. Luckily the views were WELL worth it!

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My stomach was in shambles and it wasn’t from nerves. I had a VERY tiny amount of cheese on Friday and it wrecked me all night Friday, Saturday and into yesterday. Extremely stupid on my part for having it just 2 days before a race but I desperately needed a quesadilla friday, what can I say. I was doubting whether I could even do the race without bolting to the porta potties 100 times, but thankfully I was able to successfully go before the race started… after standing in line for 30 minutes inside the Staten Island ferry terminal. It was a nightmare!

The start and finish of the race was absolutely beautiful, right on the water.

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As you can see it was a totally gorgeous day to run. It was REALLY chilly at the start because of the wind and being right on the water so I didn’t run in that ridiculously fluffy comfy hoodie I have on there. I freezed my butt off for the first few minutes wearing this:

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Top look familiar? It’s what I wore in my Women’s Health article! It’s OBVIOUSLY a good luck charm! 🙂

The course was really nice and pretty flat. We ran through an underpass where they had a DJ which I thought was so amazing! He happened to be spinning LMFAO “Sexy and I know It” when I ran through and we all started fist pimping and singing along. A memorable moment for sure. Have I mentioned how much I love races? 🙂

There were a few hills and there was one MAJOR hill after mile 9 that I almost puked on. No joke. It was so hard to run up that thing and I wasn’t moving very fast but I refused to let myself walk. The whole race I felt like I was definitely running faster than last weeks half and my goal was to wait as long as possible to stop and stretch. I said in last weeks recap that I wait until it’s really tight but I wanted to see (cautiously) what would happen if I just pushed through since it’s not actual pain. I somehow found myself past mile 10 texting John to let him know I was almost to 11 when he told me I was REALLY kicking ass. I realized I hadn’t stopped at all. I didn’t use my RunKeeper app or heart rate monitor this time because I just wanted to run by feel, and apparently that’s the way to go!! When I realized I was definitely going to PR, I just zoned out as much as I could and pushed on. I wasn’t sure how much the clock was ahead but I figured it was about 10 minutes and from my (apparently delirious) math I figured I would get about a 3-4 minute PR. I saw John right at mile 13 and sprinted my heart out that last .10 to the blaring beats of my favorite song: BLURRED LINES!

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Last week’s time was 2:29:17. That means I PRed by almost 8 MINUTES! IN A WEEK!

on top of the freaking world
on top of the freaking world

LOVE the medal!

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My phone died before we left the island but I had a great brunch with John and Brenda after at my favorite, Grey Dog Cafe! Then I got in bed and watched Breaking Bad and fell asleep at 5 PM. Pretty much the most perfect day ever.

Still cannot believe I did back-to-back half marathons (and a 10 miler!) and PRed by so much. I am in runners heaven.

One more thing! I am doing a Breast Cancer walk this upcoming Sunday and have set up a donation page. If you feel like you want to donate, even just $1, here is the link to do so. Thank you!

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/artificiallybalanced

Have you ever had a huge PR?