Name:  Jess (from Physikerin Knits)

Location:  New Jersey

Age: 26

Race:  NYC Half Marathon

Personal Tidbit: She’s a cake-baking physicist with a great affection for coffee.


In Her Own Words:


The NYC Half Marathon was an awesome race! My goal was to start conservatively, speed up outside of the park, and run around a 10:30 pace. Mission: ACCOMPLISHED! Out of four half marathons, it was my second-best! 


The morning of the race, my friend, Audrey, and I headed to the race’s start at 95th and Central Park’s East Drive. The moon was full and bright, hanging low over the buildings across the pond. After dropping off her sweats at the baggage drop and standing in the porta-potty line for ten minutes, we split up. She got to start way up in the 4th corral; I was back in the 10th. There were 14 or 15 total! 


I froze. It was about 35 degrees. I did meet a friend from Daily Mile for the first time in person! We exchanged bib numbers online, but were shocked that we actually found each other in the corral. His planned time was faster than mine, though, so we separated as soon as we started. 


Finally, at 7:30am, we were off! I had heard the hills in Central Park were hard, but seriously, after the Seattle Marathon, those were not bad. The eight miles through the park were short and gradual enough that we had plenty of downhill to recover.


My slowest miles were the two including Times Square–I guess I was too enamored by the sights. 😉 This is apparently the only annual event which completely closes Times Square, besides New Year’s Eve. The crowds were great too! They had "Broadway stars" leading a sing-along (complete with lyrics on a screen behind them). 


Around mile 10.5, I started to get a bit mentally unsettled, but calmed down by reminding myself that we had less than a 5k left. I can focus for that long. The last three miles were speedy! The Hudson and even Jersey City were pretty in the sunshine. DJs pumped music every half a mile or so, and the sidewalks were filled with supportive cheering squads. I liked the "800m to go!", "400m to go!", and "200m to go!" signs. My last 200m dash was super strong! I finished with an official time of 2:17:51! 


I received my shiny medal, space blanket, and recovery food bag.  Audrey was waiting for me by the baggage claim. She PR-ed with a 1:36:42! That qualifies her for the NYC Marathon (outright–no entering the lottery). You know, to go with her Boston Marathon, for which she qualified last year and is running next month. She’s my hero. :) 


Overall? It’s an awesome, well-supported and organized course! If you can get in (via the lottery), RUN THIS RACE!


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  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 3, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Congrats!! It feels SO good to run a great race 🙂 And your friend-congrats to her too. Running in a race sometimes feels so awesome–esp a good, organized one. ha!

  • Michelle May 3, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Congrats on an awesome race! I ran the NYC Half this year too! It was my first half and I loved it so much that I signed up to run the full with a charity! 🙂

    • Jess May 4, 2011, 7:02 am

      That’s awesome! Good luck in the full! 😀

  • Christine May 3, 2011, 9:59 pm

    How fun to run in NYC. I’d love to do the full… someday! Great job!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 3, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I’d love to run the NYC Half — I’m sure the views are amazing!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 3, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Cake baking? Coffee?

    Yes we would be friends.

    Great job!

    • Jess May 4, 2011, 7:16 am

      They are pretty great. 😉


  • Running Mama May 3, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Very cool. I’m happy for you and inspired. Way to go!! I went to N.Y. in October and LOVED it. Would love to run there.

  • Theodora May 3, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I ran the NYC Half (way better than the More Half) and I’m on DailyMile 🙂

  • Kris @ tryingtotri May 4, 2011, 12:19 am

    Congrats on the great race! I love Daily Mile – so cool to try to hook up with other local runners!

  • Khushboo May 4, 2011, 12:42 am

    Wow great going! I have never run a half marathon but if/when I do one, I would love to either do the London, Paris, or NYC marathon- all such scenic courses!

  • Sue @ Sue In Training May 4, 2011, 1:29 am

    Congrats Jess! The NYC Half Marathon sounds like an awesome race, I’d love to run it one day. I’m on DailyMile, too. It’s a great way to track your workouts and share it with others.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 4, 2011, 5:28 am

    that sounds like so much fun! I always like to run through festivals if I know one is going on, and this sounds like they make one for you all along the course!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 4, 2011, 5:44 am

    Congrats on an awesome race! I would love to run through al of the sites of NYC! THere is soo much to see!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off May 4, 2011, 6:21 am

    Sounds like such a fun race… you get to sight see while you’re racing. Congrats on a job well done!

  • Jess May 4, 2011, 7:26 am

    Thanks for using this, Caitlin!! And thanks for all the comments–you guys are so encouraging! 😀

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION May 4, 2011, 7:40 am

    Awesome! This post is so inspiring! 😀

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 4, 2011, 8:56 am

    I’m still active in my DL pity party. :/

  • Kaci May 4, 2011, 8:56 am

    Amazing!! WTG and what a great time even if it’s your second best!! XOXO

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep May 4, 2011, 10:37 am

    Congrats on running such an awesome race!!! I ran the NYC Half in 2010, and I loved every minute of it! My recap is under my Race Recaps link on my blog.

    And I’m on dailymile if you wanna add me 🙂

  • Bethany May 4, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Way to go! Congrats on finishing the race!

    Caitlin, I love the series with posts from other runners. It has inspired me to try to start running even though I’ve spent most my life convinced I’m just not the “runner” type. Thank you!

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