What a great day for a race yesterday. The weather for the 2012 Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon could not have been more perfect!
Props to the NYRR for putting on a great event. To smoothly pull off a race with 15,000 participants is no small feat and I think they did it beautifully (Except for number pick up. See my report below). However, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of the new course.
With all the turns, and the inability to cut the tangents due to yearly crowding, the “enhanced” route makes the race too long. I was trying to run straight lines from corner to corner, but still ended up running just over 300m farther than 13.1 miles (according to my Garmin). That could have been the 29-seconds I missed my goal by. Oh well.
JGBC had some great results:
Great running by everyone yesterday. I’m super-proud of all of them.
Matthew Imberman – 01:38:23
Not bad for someone running a “B” race after just doing the NJ Marathon a couple of weeks ago.
Megan Vallerie – 01:57:25
A Brooklyn 1/2 PR
Kate George – 02:03:53
Struggling through training with shin splints, bronchitis and seasonal allergies, Kate scored a 3:00 PR over her previous best.
Jennifer Gandia – 02:54:04
Not only was this Jennifer’s first 1/2… it was her first race. Ever! Tremendous job!
And last, but not least…
J. Geoffrey Badner – 01:26:29
A 1:35 PR over my best two years ago.
A quick summary of my race:
First rule for coaches… “follow your own advice.”
I always tell people to pick up their numbers before the event to alleviate any confusion on race morning. Unfortunately, due to a (not so) perfect storm of personal and professional reasons, I was unable to make it up to NYRR headquarters last Thursday and Friday to pick up my number. “No worries” I thought. Races often say “no race-day packet pickup” to avoid thousands of people lining up to get their numbers on race morning. I figured I’d just pick it up at the start with the out-of-towners, newbies and slackers who didn’t pick theirs up either.
However, I got a bit of a surprise in the BMA parking lot. There REALLY was no number pick up at the start!
At first, there was about 20 minutes of, “Holy, shit… you’re kidding me?! I’m not going to be able to run?!”, but after 150 other idiots like myself cued up for their numbers, the NYRR found some and passed them out to us. That was great news. The bad news was it wasn’t “my” number.
When I registered, I put my pace goal in as 6:25 per mile. This would have given me a number in the 100′s or low 1,000′s and placed me in the 2nd or 3rd corral. The number they gave me was in the 10,000′s; the last corral… all the way in the back.
Now, I like to follow the race rules and really hate nothing more than runners who line up in the wrong corrals, but I was NOT going to throw out all of my hard training and jeopardize my PR goal by starting behind 15,000 people. So, I pinned my number to my race singlet, but left my warm up t-shirt on over top. I hung out outside the 1,000′s corral and, when the volunteers weren’t looking, I hopped the barrier. I then spent a lot of time adjusting my shoes until it got crowded enough to stand up. Finally, just before the horn, I took my t-shirt off and hung it on the barriers.
I was so afraid that some hawk-eyed volunteer was going to spot my brown number in the sea of blue and pull me out, but nobody noticed.
So, lesson learned. Next year I’ll be first in line at the NYRR headquarters picking up my packet.