Larry Koestler

The 2012 Brooklyn Half-Marathon | Saturday, May 19, 2012

Posted in Exercising, Health, New York City, Running by Third Rail Beer on May 23, 2012

We did it.

Lyndsay, Tom and I completed the 2012 Brooklyn Half-Marathon. Here’s the route:

I finished the 13.1-mile half-marathon in 1:44:40, a time that ranked 3,013 out of more than 16,000 runners. I’d been hoping to complete the route within a 7:50 minute/mile to 8:00 minute/mile pace, and wound up averaging 8:00 on the nose. I do think that I would’ve finished a bit quicker had I not been unfortunately saddled with a cramp during mile two(!) despite starting the race out at a much more reasonable pace than I did the 10K. The cramp didn’t let up until around mile 6 or so, and by that time I was wary of pushing myself any harder than the 7:46 minute/mile pace Runkeeper had me clocked at for basically the duration of the race (though in real life it was probably closer to 7:50-7:55).

That said, considering that this was both my first-ever half-marathon as well as the longest single distance I’ve ever run, it’s hard to be anything but pleased with the results. Lyndsay also made terrific time, and I’m so incredibly proud of her, and Tom did very well considering his previous distance-running high was seven miles.

Click on this link and select the second video to watch me (blue shirt) crossing the finish line at 00:26 with a monster fist pump.

And here’s my favorite still image from the race:

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  1. [...] that the 2012 Brooklyn Half-Marathon is over, it’s time to take a look at how we trained. Below are two graphs, charting distance vs. [...]

  2. [...] the second time in six months I completed a 13.1-mile half-marathon, this time on my home turf in the Central Park [...]


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