It was a busy racing weekend- my Instagram was buzzing with race recaps and long runs. The fall racing season has begun in the northeast!
Unfortunately, after a string of cool mornings in the 50s and 60s, we had a really warm, humid day for racing. It was low 70’s at the start with 90% humidity- ugh!
Some people seem to handle humidity well but I’ve learned the hard way (MANY times) that humidity is not my friend. At this race last year, I tried to hold my goal pace and fell apart around mile 6. I actually had to walk off and on until I finally recovered and finished stronger, but came in almost ten minutes behind my goal, at 1:42. Ouch.
This year, as I woke up to the same humid conditions, I knew it was going to be rough and decided to hold marathon race pace instead.
The race: Newport Liberty is held in Jersey City, and has about 3,000 runners which I think is really the perfect size. All of the logistics of parking and packet pick up are simple, and the race itself quickly spreads out so you aren’t trapped behind packs of runners as in larger races.
I began with a 2.25 warm up and was just barely breaking ten minute pace, which was my first sign that it was going to be tough to run well!
In the first mile, I got caught up in the adrenaline and ran the pace everyone around me was running… it felt good, but when I saw 6:57 (half marathon pace) I knew it was not the day for that kind of running. I pulled back a bit, but my mile 4 that fast start was backfiring and I was questioning if I even wanted to finish the race.
Thankfully, the rough patch ended as I reminded myself running marathon pace would still make an excellent workout and there was no need to kill myself trying to run any faster!
So I settled into a much more comfortable pace and the second half was actually really enjoyable.
The course is really pretty, with many views of the NYC skyline.
Much of the second half is run through Liberty State park and along the boardwalk, and the final stretch is also along the water. It’s also mostly flat, so one of these years when we get a nice cool day, it will make an amazing pr race!
I caught up to a friend of mine who was also running marathon pace (although her goal was 7:03!!) and we finished the last few miles together, picking it up a little for miles 12 and 13.
I followed it up with another 2 miles (9:30 ave) for 17.8 for the day. With Richmond just 8 weeks away, I’m realizing it might still be possible to run the full. I’d love to run it for a pr but that is all up in the air at this stage in training. We’ll see how these next several weeks go!
Post run, this race always has giant bagels, bananas, Nutrigrain bars, and other small snack bags. I ate most of the bagel as well as a protein bar I had brought with me and chatted with several other running friends that I ran into at the race, including Instagram friends Jess Runs Happy and Meretherunner14.
My husband and girls met me and we got lunch at a fun cafe, and then spent the afternoon playing, lounging and eating ice cream at Liberty State park. Such a great way to spend the day!
Was it humid where you are this weekend?
Runner’s World Half Festival (Grand Slam!!)
Richmond Marathon – full or half