May 20, 2013

The Brooklyn Half Marathon!

This weekend was the New York Road Runners Brooklyn Half Marathon, which I ran with Andrea!

On Thursday we went to pick up our bibs at the Expo, which was in DUMBO, in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. 



The sunset was so pretty! 


There were fun signs, 



food and beer, 


and they even printed out your Instagram photos if you hashtagged New Balance (the official sponsor)!


We got some photos with our bibs in front of the pre-party sign! 


And watched the beautiful sunset over the city. 



The moon caught in the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge! 


After sundown they even had fireworks! 

 




On race day, we got up bright and early and were in the corrals by 7am. 


Here I am with Andrea and Clay, all ready to go! 


Cute shirts! 


After doing one and a half loops of Prospect Park (so many hills!) we ran south on Ocean Parkway, all the way down to Coney Island! 

Here we are running down the freeway ramp.


It was so long and so straight and kind of boring! 


Finally we made it to the end of the Alphabet! 


And onto the Coney Island Boardwalk!!



Finishers medals! 



This time I finished in just over 2:00 hours, running a 9:09 pace. It's not quite a personal record (I ran the last half in 1:58) but it was close enough! It definitely felt like an accomplishment! 


We were pretty exhausted!  


Then it was time for carnival food and fun! 


At Nathan's I got a lobster roll, a shrimp basket, and a root beer. Yum yum!


Then we explored the park a little bit. 









And decided to go for a ride on the Wonder Wheel! 








You could see tiny Manhattan from the top of the Wonder Wheel! 
(That tiny pointy thing in the distance is the new Freedom Tower)










We had our fortunes told by the old grandmother (mine was something about how I talk too much),


and saw some old, very politically incorrect games! 




I love all the vintage, hand-painted signage all around the park! 





Then we stopped at the sweets stand for some funnel cake! 


And enjoyed it on the boardwalk. 










It was getting time to go, so we made our way toward the subway and saw some odd signs along the way.






Bye bye Coney Island! 






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