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I was completely relaxed about this race, even though I’d heard so many bad things…!

The hills in Central Park are impossible, do them twice? What?”

“One time around is enough for me, thanks”

“You are going to get so bored doing the loop twice!”

Really, even some of the BGR girls refused to do the race because of the hills. I really wanted to do this race because hello?! It was my first all girls race and if I plan on running a long time in NYC I better get to know Central Park really really well. So basically I had no worries–and no expectations for a PR even though I had doubled my mileage and stayed consistent since the Rock N Roll DC Half.


I obviously planned my outfit weeks in advance because that’s what I do! Heck, I already have my Brooklyn Half getup ready but that’s for another post.


I woke up on time after a very restful night, I was a little worried because I had spent the day prior on my feet a bit too much hanging out with the boys all over the city–but I felt fine. Made breakfast, slipped on my gear and got on the subway.


Unfortunately the subway did its usual weekend antics and I didn’t get there until 10 minutes before the race began!! I left my house with 90 minutes to spare–ugh. Usually the ride is about an hour or less.


I had a small tea while I was on the train and for the first time I actually had to use the potty before the start of a race! There were SO many girls waiting. It was another 20 minutes before I did my business and jumped in the already slow moving crowd to the start line.

Did I mention the weather was insanely perfect? I’m not even used to single layer race conditions–it was so freeing! When we crossed the start line it was somewhere around 8:13am. I felt good–no lead legs–breathing felt controlled and I didn’t feel frantic. I even saw Natalie Morales breeze past me!

Natalie Morales_Erica Hill_Start 2

Around mile 3 I heard hooping and hollering through my (insanely good) playlist and when I looked to my right it was Deena Kastor running past all of us is the outer lane. She waved at us and it was the perfect pick me up because I was starting to lose focus right at that moment.

Deena Kastor Finish 2

As I began to see consistent 12s and 11s on my Garmin, I realized at mile 8 I would be able to PR and it wouldn’t be by a couple of seconds it would be by full minutes!

Around Mile 12 even though I was still pacing myself and calculating times in my head, I really ran out of gas. I started repeating positive mantras out loud to myself and pushed even when my brain said girl go sit down somewhere.

As I approached the finish line with so many spectators I felt strong for the first time in a long time. Usually I’m dragging myself to the end and this time I ran with my head up smiling at everyone I passed. I got a beautiful medal, a heat sheet and of course my boys.

I PR’d by 2 minutes and 20 seconds. In Central Park!


I’m just going to pause here to say that I was really beginning to think that I would never PR again. I thought the PR in Trenton was a fairy unicorn, a mythical creature found only in my imagination. I have done 3 half marathons since and did not even come close. To do it on a tough course in my hometown–was a big deal for me. It helped restore much needed confidence in my running especially with marathon training starting in less than 3 months!

I headed to the med tent immediately to get a jump on the splitting headache that was imminent by getting some Tylenol. The med tent was a total triage scene–ankles twisted, ice packs everywhere, one woman being exported out on a stretcher–all of it. Doing a half marathon is tough work, I’m so grateful for a body that allowed me to do so for a 6th time!

Having my boys there was just the icing on the PR cake. My hubs brought a ball for them to play with and they just ran all over CP like it was theirs. My eldest of course wanted to wear my medal so I gave it to him because he is just so cute.


3 Lessons Learned From The Women’s MORE/Half Marathon

  1. If you have to go to a potty with 10k people in a race– NEVER EVER look down before you go #traumatized

  2. Listen to your friends advice but make your own decisions when it comes to races–hills are not that scary after all!

  3. Wear the prettiest tutu and all the cool girls will compliment you while you are running–over and over! It is a definite confidence booster!

Extra credit: Sports Bras you workout in may not be appropriate race wear. I got my first set of chafes this weekend–I’d show you pictures but judging by my husbands strong reaction to them you can take my word they were pretty brutal. 

Check out my video of the event, including my thoughts and footage from the scenes of the race!

Have you ever run a race that had bad reviews? How was your fitness/eating week?

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Diane April 24, 2015 - 4:54 am

Congrats on the PR! Looked like a gorgeous day and I have to agree with you — the tutu makes the outfit. 😉 Have a great weekend!

Janine Huldie April 24, 2015 - 5:40 am

Great recap and congrats on the PR. Also, I agree with the consensus, you look beautiful in you tutu!! 😉

Kristina Walters April 24, 2015 - 5:44 am

Yeah Nellie! That was awesome! I do love the tutu!

Allie April 24, 2015 - 5:56 am

SO proud of you for doing this race, despite your fears and other people’s opinions! You killed it and I believe have MANY PRs in your future. This is only the beginning!!
Two things: never, ever look into the black hole of the potty and get some glide and put it everywhere before racing in the summer!

Aliah April 24, 2015 - 6:39 am

Kudos for another great race and a PR to boot! You are doing ALL the thing and looking beautiful and fabulous whilst doing so! I’m just getting back to life/back to reality and just trying to get my sleeping back to my normal and my eating is all off but I’m excited for next week so everything can straighten itself out! Have a good weekend!

Katherine G April 24, 2015 - 6:51 am

Congratulations! You did great! I hope to one day do a race.

Lashawn April 24, 2015 - 7:44 am

Congratulations! I agree with #1. I looked down at the princess and ….,,
You are doing so good!!! Can’t wait to hear about the next race!

Kita April 24, 2015 - 8:56 am

Lawd remind me to never look down if and when I run lol. Love the tutu! I am trying to get on the healthy train a bit better I have to lose 60lbs by December so my journey starts now. I have been on the journey for a week so far so good.

Kim April 24, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Nellie, you are awesome!! Great job on the PR!!!

Leslie April 25, 2015 - 7:28 am

Nellie, you look so proud of yourself – and you should be! PR’ing by over 2 minutes must have felt amazing. You’re full of so much potential, I have a feeling this is just the beginning. Keep up the fantastic work!

tamieka April 26, 2015 - 9:17 am

Great recap!!

I am running Zooma Annapolis I have hear mixed reviews (mostly bad) but I am looking forward to it.

Great tutu! Totally makes you run faster!!

Tamara April 26, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Great job on the PR! Gross about the potty, though!
Hope the Tylenol chased that headache away before it could start. Glad you had a nice weather day too. They’re coming!

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KyannaSimone November 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

I think I am going to do this next year, possibly depending on how I feel. I didn’t do it this year because I had a race a week before this one, but I think I’ll be here next year..

Taralynn March 9, 2017 - 10:13 am

Hey, girl!

I found your blog while searching for more information on the Women’s half! I am running it this year and it will be my FIRST half marathon. I am pretty excited. Thank you for this blog post! It gave me a sense of relief and I can’t wait to get out there! Hope I do as great as you! xo xo simplytaralynn.com

p.s I can’t wait to browse more of your blog! I love your positivity.


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