United NYC Half — Everything But The Race Recap

If you saw my post from last weekend, you know the happy ending to my United NYC Half race recap, but I’m still working on the full story. Since this was my first destination race, I thought you might like to see how we spent the day before in New York City.

NYC Half Race Recap

It was part race preparation, part playing tourist, and part trying not to overdo it before the big day.  

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Race Weekend Weather Stalking

This weekend I ran my first destination race, the United NYC Half Marathon! While I usually write my race recaps as part of my race day recovery–what better way to make sure I keep my feet up for a while?–since I wanted to get the most out of our time in New York City, I’ll just tell you the short story: My pacing sucked, the concrete sucked, I wanted to quit, but I somehow crossed the finish line at 1:53:52! Tune in next week for my full race recap.

If you saw my post from Friday, you know I started stalking the weather for race weekend last week. While runners are notorious weather stalkers, I think race weekend weather stalking is a completely justified obsession for a destination race when you have to figure out what to pack. Right??

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Five Ways I’m Ready To Run The NYC Half

The weekend of the NYC Half is finally here! I haven’t been this excited for a race in a long time. Maybe it’s because it’s my first “destination” race. Maybe it’s because I love running in New York City so much. Maybe it’s because I know so many people who will be running with me on Sunday. Regardless, ask me what I’m doing this weekend, and be prepared for a gushing response. 

United NYC Half Badge

I’ve crossed off all my training runs and made my packing list. I’ve downloaded my registration confirmation and shown my husband how to use the tracking app. Since it’s Friday, I’m joining the Friday Five 2.0 link up hosted at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness, and sharing five other ways I’m ready to run the NYC Half. 
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Gearing Up For The NYC Half

As I write this, I’m cooling down warming up after completing the last long run of my NYC Half training plan. This time next weekend I will be heading to the Big Apple with a bag packed full of running gear instead of litigation papers, my mind on pacing instead of patent law!

This is my first “destination” race, and I am so excited! While I won’t do my packing until Friday night, I have done a few things to get ready. Continue reading

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A Different Way Of Fasting For Lent

We are one week into Lent, the 40-day period of repentance and reflection that many Christians observe before Easter. I did not write about Ash Wednesday this year, but I did revisit my previous Ash Wednesday posts and re-watched the Lent “highlights reel” video. Most importantly, I made it to an Ash Wednesday service, at a new-to-me church near my office. As I’ve shared before, the Ash Wednesday liturgy is my very favorite and I didn’t want to miss it.

Isaiah 58 - Fasting For Lent
As much as I love the Ash Wednesday service, I struggle with observing Lent. During the service we are called “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word,” but I usually fall short in all areas.

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