Well, not that this really warrants a surprise. I'm running two loops plus a little extra in Central Park tomorrow with these two invaders from DC. But! This will actually be my first stand alone half marathon in almost 2 years. The last being the NYC Half Marathon in March of 2010, which holds my PR for the distance at 1:45:19. Since then I have ran 5 Half Marathons, but all as part of a 70.3. Something about a 1.2 mile swim and then a 56 mile bike that wears me out a tad before hitting the 13.1....
Anyways, this particular race, the NYRR Manhattan Half, was the first half that I ran where I broke 2 hours (boy was I a different runner back then!). Considering this course is basically two times what I just did two weeks ago at the NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K plus a little extra, and I did that holding a 7:00 flat pace, I think the 1:45:19 (8:03 pace) is gonna go down.
However! Mother nature is not planning on being friendly tomorrow. Right now it could be anything from rain to sleet to snow or a mix of all three. Maybe the roads will be just wet or maybe they will be slippery. They are calling for 4-7 inches throughout tomrrow. If it becomes so slick that running to my current pull potential could risk breaking my neck and I don't PR this thing, no biggie. I have LOT of season left (*cough* an Ironman *cough*). But if it is just wet and rainy, this sucker is GOING DOWN! No idea to what time though.....I'm just gonna use the plan I used two weeks ago: Go out and see what my body does and there is my result.
Have a good weekend!