2012 Newport Liberty Half Race Recap

TWENTY MILES DOWN!

One 15-miler and one 22-miler to go before taper!

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Today was another great run with my awesome training partner, Rebecca.

I’d signed up for the Newport Liberty Half awhile ago because it was both cheap and awesome. After a crappy week of training this week, I was really hoping that all those crappy runs would clear the way for a good one today, and I was right.

I met Rebecca at the PATH at 7:05 so that we could be in Jersey City by 7:30 and get four miles in before the race started at 8:30. We got off the train, quickly got our bibs and headed off towards Hoboken–2 miles out and back.

We managed to get to the start just a few minutes before the gun went off. The corrals were really informal: just signs saying “xx minute pace.” We slid somewhere between 9 and 10 minutes, as we were aiming for around a 9:45 pace.

The first few miles of the course aren’t the most exciting–you’re just running on the city streets–but it was still a nice change of scenery, and it was fun to run with Dori for a few minutes. Around mile 4, you enter Liberty State Park, where you stay for most of the race.

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So pretty.

The course does a lot of looping back on itself in this part, but it was such a nice day and so scenic, that we didn’t really mind.

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If you look real close, you can see the Statue of Liberty all the way in the background in the middle. I swear.

Rebecca stopped for a quick bathroom stop and I took these photos then. The course went right on a river path for a good stretch, but I didn’t want to stop for a photo.

As usual, we gabbed on and on, and I didn’t feel tired until we got to mile 10 of the course (mile 14 for us.) My legs were feeling tired, but more, I was looking forward to the race finish line so I could bang out those three extra miles and call it a day.

We finished the half in 2:08:11; no overall PR, but a definite PR for me for the course!

We stopped for a minute to stretch and then headed back out on the same route to Hoboken. I came back to Jersey City; Rebecca did not.

I had plans to meet Shannon and Julie for brunch at Skylark, recommended by Dori. Shannon and I got there first, but once Julie showed up, we cheers-ed her heartily for finishing her first half!

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I don’t usually crave vegetables after a long run. I usually want nothing more than protein and carbs, but I really wanted veggies today when I was done so I got a veggie omelette.

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And some French fries to balance out the veggies.

Good running buddy.

Good course.

Good run.

It was definitely what I needed after a crappy week of training…

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And to give me some more confidence before this intense week of training. Gulp.

Do you like running with buddies or solo? Ever mix up a long run with a race?

14 comments on “2012 Newport Liberty Half Race Recap

  1. Ash Bear

    Hopefully next year I can do this race! Congrats to Julie for finishing her first half- so exciting!

    I’m with you in regards to this week of training. The next 3 weeks are my “nose to the grindstone” weeks where training is my top priority, after work of course.

    It’s 9:20 and I’m already in bed and about to fall asleep. I guess that’s marathon training for you!

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  2. fiona

    Crappy mid-week miles, but awesome long run? That’s a good deal! I know that this course is pretty, but I really wanted an extra hour in bed tonight. Lazy, I know. I’m happy you rocked those miles out. Yesterday I combined the mile race with some hill repeats over the queensboro bridge, but poor math skills and zero gmap planning meant I ended up running 9 miles prior to my long run. Not smart.

    Morning run this week?
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  3. Cathryn @ My Heart's Content

    When we trained for our marathon we used to use races all the time for training runs!! Now I’d love some running buddies but I only have two here and we don’t get to run together that often, but on Saturday night I did the Firefly 5k with some friends and loved it. We talked all the way round, it went so fast!!
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  4. Deborah

    Congrats on kicking those cruddy mid week runs to the curb with an awesome long run/race yesterday! I have never thought to incorporate a race with a long run. I think it’s an excellent idea. Here’s to having some great training runs this week!
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