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The Staten Island Half Marathon Recap

by Nellie

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.

The Ferry


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!IMG_5360


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.

It was one of the first times I actually got to see the start of the race, which only reminded me that I will be in my own big race November 1st. IMG_5382
The corrals were long and unforgiving. It seemed as if there were millions of people lining up to run. At one point I just stopped walking and jumped into the L corral because I knew that walking further back would delay me even more from getting to the finish.

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!IMG_5356

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!

With 2 weeks to go until the marathon I’m feeling good (don’t ask me again what I feel like in an hour because it changes by the minute). However, the excitement is building around the city and inside of me too. 🙂

Have you ever over dressed for a race? How was your fitness and health week?

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Janine Huldie October 16, 2015 - 7:26 am

Absolutely awesome Nellie and seriously so excited now for the New York Marathon for you! Oh and by the way, I have never been on the Staten Island Ferry either in all my years of living in NY, too 😉

Kimberly October 16, 2015 - 8:06 am

great race recap! I also completed the 4 out of 6 races (fred elbow half, queens 10k, brooklyn half, bronx 10 mile) to get entry into the NYC half. I’m so looking forward to that race next March!

LaShawn October 16, 2015 - 4:19 pm

You are so close!!!! I’m getting excited for you!!

Deborah October 16, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Now that does look like a cool place to do a race! I’ve never done a race in NY for sure on my bucket list

Coco October 18, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Wow! Congratulations! I have to fight off the urge to overdress for the Army Ten Miler since it’s usually my first race of the fall. One year I wore a long sleeved shirt and got so hot I stripped down to my sports bra at mile 5 – even though that meant unpinning my bib and pinning it to my shorts. So excited for your marathon!

Tamara October 19, 2015 - 7:59 pm

When I think of the Staten Island ferry, I think of that great SATC episode in which they’re all going to Staten Island on the ferry for some fireman ball or something. So good.
Also.. November 1st is so close!!

Leslie October 26, 2015 - 2:01 pm

I’m a believer in the rule to dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer than it actually is. So sorry you had t deal with being overheated. The Husband has told me stories of people ditching layers during his half marathon in Ocean City last spring. I keep hoping that they went back to pick up their clothes later. And many congratulations on making the NY half!

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