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NYC Marathon Training Series: Week 8 | Vlog

NYC Marathon Training Series: Week 8 | Vlog

The halfway point of marathon training, week 8! This week goes pretty well. I nailed all of my runs, and strength trained as well. This is the beginning of the hard part of marathon training. After this week is usually when the lull starts to happen foe me. At this point I am still on the training high, and pushing through strong.

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Race Recap: NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon | October 13, 2019

So the last time that I did this race on October 11, 2015 I swore it would be my very last time because I absolutely loathe going to Staten Island. Well, turns out, 2015 wouldn’t be my last time, because here I was again in 2019 running the Staten Island half all over again.

Now, the only reason that I registered for this race was because I had New Balance points that were going to expire, and one of the point redemption options was a free race entry. Now, the only reason I had New Balance points to begin with was because I was going to use them to redeem an entry for the London Marathon 2020….well that was a total dud, and a super long story that I won’t get into right now. BTW, I am fundraising for Team Sense for a London Marathon entry. CLICK HERE to donate!

Anywho, I woke up at the early hour of 4:30am to get ready for the race. I was meeting Janis, and then we would drive to Staten Island. Our original plan was to park downtown, and take the ferry over to Staten Island, but I really couldn’t be bothered with the extra commuting.

Heading to the Verrazano Bridge

We made it to Staten Island about an hour before the race started, and found a great parking spot about a half a mile from the start line. Parking near the start always turns into a traffic nightmare when its time to leave resulting in a 1hr+ standstill to get off of the island.

Janis and I pre-race

This race is pretty uneventful, except for the monster hills. There is very little crowd support, so the out and back of this route is very boring. I was taking it pretty easy, and felt good up until mile 7. At that point fatigue, and climbing hills started to kick in. It probably didn’t help that I ran 10 miles the day before either!

Mile splits

I stopped at the aid stations for an extended period of time during miles 9 and 10 because one of my gels spilled in my pouch and everything was sticky included my phone. I had to stop and clean my phone off with water before the stickiness dried. This is the 2nd time this has happened to me. The first time was a couple weeks ago in Atlanta. My buttons were stuck because the gel dried, and I had to chisel them and scrape the crusty gel out to get them moving again, and I didn’t want that to happen again, so stopping it was!

Anywho, the race ends on a hill, and I was completely over it at that point. I mean this was my 2nd race in as many weeks that ended on a hill so I was not a happy camper.

Headed to the finishline, one of my buddies caught this pic.
and this one too!

Overall, not my best performance by far, but my best performance that day. This was just another training run for me, so I was just happy to log the miles.

Will I be doing this race again? That is a definite never! Even if I get a free race entry I would pass on this one. I am completely done running in Staten Island!

I completed 5 of 6 races in the 5 boro series this year, here are all the medals
Why won’t she let me be great!

Next up, I am headed to Detroit for the Free Press International Half marathon, and I am excited!

Until then…

I am participating in the London Marathon on April 28, 2020 on behalf of Team Sense. Please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of €1700, Thank you!


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Running a half-marathon in all 50 states

The first half marathon that I ever ran out of state was during Ironman Eagleman 70.3 on June 14, 2015 in Maryland.  That was my worse half marathon experience ever!  Next came the Cayman Islands Half Marathon on December 6, 2015 which was out of the country, so that doesn’t really count now does it.  Next was the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, Florida, on Febuary 20, 2016.  This was my first real taste of traveling and running road races, and this is what sparked the idea of possibly running a half-marathon in each of the 50 states.

Back in 2016, I wasn’t really serious about accomplishing this task.  I just wanted to run some states and see how I liked it.  I added GA, NJ, and IL to the list that year, and in 2017 added LA, DE, & CT.  In 2018 I made a bit more progress than the previous years, adding TX, NC, DC (not a state but I’m counting it!) CA, MA, and PA.  2019 has been a bit of a dud with only SC checked off the list.  I did a whole lot more local racing in New York this year.

So as of this post I am sitting comfortably at 15 states + DC with 35 states to go.  Seems like a whole lot, but I am in no rush and will see and explore the United States at my leasure.

Next up for me is the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon this weekend.  This race is super cool because we get to cross the bridge and run 2.5 miles or so in Ontario, Canada, and then back over into Michigan.  This will be my first time stepping foot on Canadian soil so I’m pretty excited about that.  I’m just hoping it is not too cold at the start.  Sundays low temp is 47 degrees, with a high of 66.

Wish me luck!

 

Happy Global Running Day!

My shins have been aching lately so I’ve been trying to take it easy on the running, but if you are a runner today is our day to log some miles. So get out there and let’s get it!

NYRR is having a free virtual for the day powered by Strava. You can sign up HERE.

You can also pledge to run miles with my team Run the Sol by clicking HERE.

Happy Running!

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United NYC Half Marathon Expo March 12, 2015

IMG_9817 If you are my Facebook friend, follow me on Instagram or follow my page http://facebook.com/str8kim then you probably already know that I’ll be running the NYC Half this weekend. This half, along with the NYC Marathon are the only 2 races that NYRR requires the actually runner to show up to pick up their bib (race number). Usually I’ll ask a buddy to pick up my bib since it is hard for me to get into the city on a weekday. My reasoning is because they want you to wander through the expo and buy things which I said I wouldn’t do but did anyway!
Anywho the expo was pretty amazing!

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Walkway leading to the entrance

Expo Entrance

Expo Entrance

United Airlines is the official sponsor, so everything was airport themed.

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airbnb – Brooklyn Half Sponsor

 

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The expo opened at 10am and I was there by 10:30 so bib pick up was a breeze.  Everything was marked and was easy to find, so it was an in and out process.

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You can see it is super empty.  There were very few people there at this time, so I would suggest going early to avoid the crowds.  My number is in the high 20k’s so you can get an idea of how many people will be coming through the expo between now and Saturday.

After bib pick up you had to scan your bib to get into the area to pick up your race t-shirt and to purchase merchandise.  This was also a breeze.  Everything was labeled well and easy to find.

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I was pretty impressed with the selection of merchandise being offered.  I only purchased a mug, because lets be honest, how many more running shirts, hats, etc. do I need…none!  But the mug was nice so I bought it for 12 bucks.IMG_9801

There were too may vendors there to count, but here are a few that I got pics of:

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Gran Fondo New York – If your a cyclist you know who this is.

I just found out today that this is pronounced “noon” and not “nun” go figure!  I picked up some strawberry lemonade tabs, and got a cute water bottle, and some products from their new line as freebies.

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Not sure what company that is on the right!

IMG_9808I also took some green screen shots that NYRR is supposed to post while I am racing.  They came out cute, so we’ll see how that goes.  All in all a great expo, and I can’t wait to run through the streets of NYC on Sunday!

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