As always, packet pickup for the New York Road Runner’s Fred Lebow Half Marathon was a breeze. I was excited to see I had moved up from heat H to heat F for this race based off my performance in the Joe Kleinerman 10k. It was nice that they gave us a beanie instead of a race shirt, I don’t know about anyone else but I have 1,001 of them! This was a pleasant change.
We got very lucky with the weather race morning. It was foggy, but incredibly warm for late January. Close to 40 degrees. Unfortunately, I overdressed for the event. I had on an extra layer I had to peel and tie around my waist at mile three; the extra baggage was not ideal. 5,000 runners turned out for the half marathon, but the demographic split was odd! About 3,000 male runners and 2,000 female runners completed the race. I feel like most races are women dominated and found the gender divide odd.
The course was a standard two loops around the Central Park loop. My fitbit tracked the elevation on the course as 77 flights of stairs, check out the course map posted on the NYRR website for more specific elevation details. I personally didn’t have to deal with this problem as I avoid bringing anything with me race day, but bag check was not close to the starting line. It was close to the finish line.
The race itself was great! I started off too fast, I was running close to 8:23 minute miles for the first quarter of the race which was not sustainable. Luckily I caught on and slowed down to a more comfortable 8:50 pace that allowed me to finish strong. This was actually my first sub two hour half marathon, and I didn’t just break two hours…. I killed it! My finishing time was 1:55:13 and I probably could have taken a minute or so off that.
There certainly were no negative splits on this endeavor, but I am very happy with the results! The next day I went to the NYRR facility to get my medal engraved.
My next race is the NYRR Al Gridiron 4 miler on Superbowl Sunday! I might be a New York local, but I’m cheering for the Pats as I have a love for the city of Boston. My goal for the 4 mile race is 7:30 minute miles, stay tuned for that race review!