Highlights from the 2012 NYC Half Marathon

Love Kara's strong body!

I had decided not to sign up for the NYC Half this year.  My goals for 2012  including PR’ing in both the marathon and the half marathon and I knew it would be tough to PR on this tough course (the first half is extremely hilly).  I have also run the NYC Half before and so couldn’t justify spending upwards of $150 for the registration fee since my husband and I are trying to limit our spending in preparation for our move next month.  Lastly, I wanted to focus primarily on the NJ Marathon in May and didn’t want to have to deal with tapering and recovering midway through the training cycle.  So no NYC Half for me!

I knew a lot of people running and have never had the opportunity to cheer during such a big race because I am either racing or have a family commitment that prevented me from running the race in the first place.  I decided to drive into the city this year and support my friends, fellow bloggers, and the rest of the runners.  It was such an amazing experience!

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    How did you do in 2011?

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    With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year.

    After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided to share these questions [and my answers] with all of you.

    • Best race experience? NYC Marathon! I participated in the 5 Borough Challenge with 4 other runners. We got to start the marathon an hour before the rest of the field, and run the course on empty streets.  The best part was having my son and husband standing at the finish line waiting for me to run through the tape – I’m not sure any future racing experiences will ever top that!
    • Best run? A one-mile run five days after my son was born. It felt SO good to run with considerably less weight (~20 pounds) than on my previous run (one day prior to his birth).  I felt like I was flying!
    • Best new piece of gear? Saucony Run Vibe beanie – keeps my whole head warm on early morning winter runs.
    • Best piece of running advice you received? If you aren’t in pain during training, how will you know what to do when you experience pain in a race?
    • Most inspirational runner? This year, it was Desiree Davila and her 2nd place finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon
    • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Never Stop Running =)
    • What are a couple of your major goals for 2012?  Run a sub-3:10 spring marathon and complete my first Ironman

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