The Staten Island Half Marathon Recap
This one was a weird race. I call it weird because the race was not a high priority—and races usually are. Similar to the UAE 10k I ran at the end of May, I was running a race but was distracted by what was happening after the race—just my flight to Israel.
In all of my 32 years of being a New Yawker—I’ve never been on the Staten Island Ferry –ever! It was another NY first!
Honestly the ferry was exactly what I needed to help calm my nerves about traveling (and the actual half marathon). I took a little longer than I thought but I arrived with plenty of time to grab my bib. The shirts were so cute too and I put mine on right away and it would be a decision I quickly regretted.
Finally our corral was ready to go. When we took off I immediately got super hot super quick. Wearing two layers was a terrible mistake. It was totally my fault however because in the crazy of getting ready to travel I didn’t check the forecast!
Fortunately NYRR does a great job of keeping us hydrated. So with water and Gatorade at every mile I was feeling good. It was a hilly course, I totally thought it would be flat but it totally wasn’t. I ran some hills, I walked some more. It was a cool way to see Staten Island and also see the amazing Verrazano bridge that will be running in almost 2 weeks!
I crossed the finish line of my 8th half marathon with my 4th best time. I was happy with it considering the tornado that was my thoughts during the race!! Plus the medal was beautiful. Just gorgeous. Now that I’ve finished all four races I am guaranteed into the New York City Half Marathon which has been a bucket list item ever since I was rejected from the lottery last year!