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Trenton Half Marathon Race Recap – A PR, Steep Hills and a lot of Bling!

by Nellie


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I’ll be honest. My training for this half marathon was sub par. Unlike the training for my first half where I was super diligent – – things went a bit wacky in the 4 weeks between races. I really wasn’t sure what to do to prepare for the second race. A week after, I ran a 10k, then I took a week off from running because my body was pretty angry with me so I listened.

The next two weeks I kept up with my weekly runs but no long runs. All were within 3-4 miles, and easy. One thing I DID do however was step up my cross training game by attending bodypump and spinning religiously. Still though, I was a bit nervous going into this race–would my legs hold up? Would it magically remember the months of training for the first half? Would I survive?

I mentioned before that I was so excited to run this race because it was my first race with more than 250 people. My name was on my bib! I’d be crossing two bridges and two states! I’d be running with 800 of my sole sisters in BLACK GIRLS RUN! It was such a fancy experience for this new runner.


My wake up time was 3:30am. (note to self if I decide to do Trenton next year I will stay overnight!) it was brutal. I went to bed by 8pm the previous night but no amount of sleep would have had me ready to wake at 3:30am. One of my BGR! sisters came to get me and we took a very long trek to Trenton and baby it was cold. It was around 35 degrees. I had layers, lots of them, but I still felt it!


I saw a few sole sisters I knew, and even majority I didn’t! It was nice to see blogger boos Crystal and Lia there to run the 5k and 10k respectively.



No one I knew was running the half so I knew it would be a bit of a lonely route but it was okay. I was ready. I had my music, GU and faith. I was good, right?

There was a delay in the corrals but I took that time to pray and chat up another sole sister that happened to be next to me. Finally we heard the gunshot and we were off!

It was a great first mile, running with so many people was so much fun! The first few miles had lots of people on the route, which was interesting because most of them were waiting for friends/family and just watching us go by but some of them cheered every single person that passed and I appreciated that!

At mile 3 the 10k and half route split and it was just us half-ers. It was such an interesting course. There were some brutal hills, I can only liken them to an 8 incline on the treadmill. They were steep and unforgiving. I walked as quickly as I could up and ran like the wind down. The views of the changing fall foliage was stunning and really made me appreciate nature just a bit more.


I thought it would be pretty cool to run over the bridges but what I didn’t realize was that we would be running on grates. Hard, see through to the bottom water and rocks type grates. I ran pretty fast across because I was convinced my phone would fall and meet its fate on the rocks 100 feet below. Thankfully that didn’t happen. 🙂

Around mile 9 I realized that if I could dig deep I could PR by a decent amount of minutes. I was crazy excited but I was also really tired, I would really have to go within to push a bit harder because honestly all I wanted to do was walk the rest of the way.


The end of the race made us run around the stadium in one final lap and when I crossed the finish they said my name and it went up on the board. I don’t remember any of it. All I wanted to do was get my bling and sit! I did get my PR though. By over 11 minutes. I was so happy with that and I really think the increased cross training/weights made a huge difference for this race.


The bling was super gorgeous too. We cheered on everyone still coming in, drank chocolate milk, ate bananas and pretzels and made our way back home. Here are some of the insanely expensive race photos…should I buy one? Which one? Tough face looking Nellie? Smiley Nellie? Help me choose! I am NOT buying all of em!

trenton Collage

This was a really great race. One thing I would want need to do is hill repeats to prepare for the marathon next year. My body was not ready, I need to get more practice! Other than that I was more comfortable with this distance and I am very much looking forward to running 13.1 in my home away from home Philadelphia in a week!


BGR NYC! I’m in there–!

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Marc A. November 14, 2014 - 4:53 am

Congratulations, I’m proud of you! And what an awesome PR…

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Thank you Marc!! Im excited! 🙂

Janine Huldie November 14, 2014 - 6:33 am

Aww, yay for a great race and I am going smiling Nellie for sure!! 😉

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Thanks Janine!! I chose the left one!

Allie November 14, 2014 - 6:36 am

Love this so much!!!!!! Congrats on the PR (again) and YES you should buy one. My vote is for the one on the left with you smiling and waving. I’m so proud of you!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Thank you Allie, I appreciate your guidance and encouragement so much. You really are my fairy runsister. Xo

Carla November 14, 2014 - 7:11 am

Congrats on your PR! I don’t care for running over grates either but it seems like any downtown local is going to have them.

I also like the pic of you waving.

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Thank you Carla!! The grates wwre definitely new and crazy uncomfortable. I had no previous experience with that at all!!

kita November 14, 2014 - 10:10 am

Love it congrats to you. I am loving that Bling to it shows what you can do if you stick to things a great reminder piece

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Yes for sure if you would have told me a year ago that I’d been doing this I would have laughed real hard!

Patty November 14, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Congratulations on the Half Marathon! What an awesome race! 🙂 Love the bling! 😉

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Thanks Patty! I do too lol 🙂

Yum Yucky November 14, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Keep on gettin’ your bling, girl! Bling it up!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Thanks Josie!!

Susan November 14, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Congrats!! I like the picture on the left, but they are all great

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Thanks Susan!! I chose the one on the left for sure 🙂

Kim November 14, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Great job – my favorite part is the fact that not only did you PR but you know you are running stronger and faster yet it is easier!!!
I love the pictures – the one on the right is my favorite.

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Thanks Kim!! I’m excited to finally feel like a real runner!!

Leslie November 14, 2014 - 8:25 pm

OMG, eleven minutes improvement! Nellie, that’s incredible! That’s a HUGE improvement! I’ll say it again…you’re an inspiration. The first picture is my favorite by far, but you need to get the one that you love. Congrats again…you’re going to rock the Disney Princess!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Thabks Leslie!! It definitely helped that there was no pouring rain to defeat me lol!

Tamara November 15, 2014 - 10:01 am

Wow~! Congrats on the PR! I think it would be hard to get up at 3:30am, be in the freezing cold and be running without your friends. You rocked it!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Thank you! 3:30 is brutal. Never again.

Cassandre November 16, 2014 - 1:21 pm

yaaaay! i am so proud of you girlie. you put your mind towards something and you work so hard to achieve it. I am beyond excited with how far you have come. huge congrats on this race 🙂

i vote for the first pic with you waving and smiling.

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Thanks Cass!! I ended up getting the first pic! majority rules!!

Britt November 16, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Wow! I can’t believe you PRd by over 11 minutes! That is amazing! Great job Nellie! I can’t imagine getting up at 3:30am for anything except a beach vacation! Haha. Obviously it didn’t slow you down at all!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:07 pm

A beach vacation would be perfect! I didn’t think about this when I booked lol all I saw was double bling! 😉

Kristina Walters November 17, 2014 - 5:34 am

You did awesome! I am so proud! I love the halves and really want to do more next year. You did right by your body with cross training. I think a lot of runners think they need to only run but that’s only part of the equation. Keep it up!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Thanks Kris!! I’ve taken so much of your advice!! I am now stretching regularly and making it a priority to cross train as much as i can, thank you!!

Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) November 17, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Congrats again, girlie! – And I love the first pic!

Nellie November 22, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Thanks girl, since majority won im going to get that one!

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