12th race of 2015: Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon
A Preface to all September through November entries:
For those of you who've been regular followers of Get Back UP Today you will know that I've always tried to finish a Race/Event blog before the next race or event. Unfortunately this year has been a challenging one for me due mainly to the major surgery I had in the Spring. While in many ways I "got back up" quickly over the initial 2-month recovery time, I slowly began to realize that total healing can take a lot longer. I've had to reconcile myself with the fact that healing doesn't necessarily proceed on a linear trajectory but instead can be a roller-coaster of progress and setbacks. I can reassure you that I'm doing very well on my path to a complete recovery but with having to squeeze so much into the second half of the year--and with my main focus on taking care of myself at every stage of my healing journey--something had to get placed on the back burner. This blog was that "something". So, in an effort to catch you up on all of my adventures in 2015, but in a manner that still leaves me with time and energy for all of my continuing events, I will shorten my entries to "photo-diary"-style featuring each weekend's highlights until I have brought you up to speed. Some of these will be out of chronological order, please forgive! Thank you for your understanding and for being a loyal reader! --Beth
A beautiful day to fly into New York, where I chose JFK airport for its proximity to Brooklyn. Jim has been in the NYC area for a few days working with his customers here so luckily I get picked up at the airport for a change--thanks, Jim!
For the 10K in 2013 we actually stayed in Manhattan and took the subway over for the race events but this time we're staying on Brooklyn's west side hoping to see more of the borough.
|There are so many beautiful sights in Brooklyn, the view out of the back |
of our hotel not being one of them. :-)
First stop of the day was the Expo where we picked up our race packets. We opted to drive because traffic wasn't an issue mid-day and the Expo Center was in the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn called Greenpoint. We happily learned that most of the 'hoods in Brooklyn offer plenty of free parking--another plus when compared to Manhattan. I accidentally left my phone in my backpack, in the trunk of our rental car, so I didn't get any photos from the Expo...sorry.
Our next plan was to explore, eat and enjoy this beautiful afternoon in Brooklyn...though I had to remain on-call for any potential media opportunities.
|Due to the fact that I was up at 3am this morning, with most|
of my time spent in airports and on planes, I was ready for a real
meal in a real restaurant. We found this place and read some good
reviews, so Zaytoons was gonna be lunch!
|We got here just as they were setting up. By the time we finished the|
whole place was full of customers.
|We opted for the Zaytoon Combo meal where we could select 5 things...these were our selections:|
Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Babaganoush, Turkish Salad and Labneh (descriptions are shown in a
|The soup came with an order of freshly-made Pita bread: TO. DIE. FOR.|
(it was so good we ordered another basket!)
|This isn't even half the menu but we never got past this page. We LOVED everything, especially the prices,|
which like our hotel were so reasonable for what you got--no matter what city you order in.
|We had a tiny bit of room left after sharing the soup and combo platter|
so we decided to share an order of the house made falafel. Again, this too
|These lasted maybe 5 minutes. Maybe.|
|Lots of cool independent shops in this area of Brooklyn.|
|Unintentional message, but I like it!|
|We're walking northwest along Court Street here, still in the BoCoCa area.|
|I wish we had as many fresh seafood vendors in Greensboro as I've seen here in NY.|
|A strong storm popped up, so we popped into the closest pub for refuge.|
and when the owner invited us in as we were reading the posted reviews we decided to give it a try.
|I ordered a wonderful beet salad with avocado and a ginger-soy-white truffle dressing. As my pre-race|
protein I got a side of perfectly soft-poached eggs....
|...the eggs were so silky and so fresh they almost didn't seem like eggs.|
|I neglected to get the photo, but Jim had the Tuna Sashimi Rice Bowl. Both of us enjoyed our dinner here.|
We thought that a 5:00am wake-up call would be fine in order to get to the start line in plenty of time for the 7:00am race.
Here are things you should always do if you're running in an event that's new to you!
1) Expect bigger crowds and traffic tie-ups than on a typical, non-event day in whatever city you're in.
2) Plan accordingly.
3) Always scout out your public transit stops/terminals/exits/entrances at least a day before the race.
4) Have a backup plan for your ideal public transit stops/terminals/exits/entrances at least a day before the race.
5) If you need help, ask some sort of PROFESSIONAL for directions/advice (police officer, subway attendant, race official, etc.).
6) If you ask a NON-PROFESSIONAL, be prepared to receive INCORRECT information.
7) If you're in a major city, or "hot spot" for national security interests, pay strict attention to race day rules/procedures and expect security to be enhanced and enforced.
We did 4 of these 6 and I'll leave it at that.
|Hmmm...no trains northbound from this station this morning.|
Here's a link to Ron and Susan's blog, always more interesting and better written than mine!
|They just announced that our friend, Jim Diego, will be singing the National Anthem now.|
Go, Jim, go!
I'm gonna say that the girl behind me in the dark green shirt is SUPER excited to
hear Jim Diego, rather than sleepy.
|And we're off! We're shuffling along in Corral 5 towards the starting line,|
you can barely see the banner in the background.
|This is the view through the chain-link fence to my immediate left as we faced the|
starting line. This is the same fence that offered me the sweatshirt. Behind the fence they're
setting up for today's Brooklyn Farmers Market.
I ran the first 4 miles or so with Mindy but she's been dealing with a knee issue so she opted to take some walk breaks to avoid aggravating it further. After that I ran into Joe Harris and Kevin Gonzalez on course, then caught up with everyone else at the Finish Line Festival in Prospect Park:
|Kevin "no Bacon" Gonzalez, celebrating a good race. Congrats!|
|Great to run with you, Mindy--congrats on toughing it out on that bum knee!|
|"VIP Joe" Harris is all smiles after a great run today too. Kudos! (He is also sporting the Beast of the East, but|
he's actually on number 13 RnR Half's so he's got all the Heavy Medals except one, the Hall of Fame, which
he will get in 2 more races.)
|A perfect day in Prospect Park, made better by the fact that Nate Ruess is the headliner for today's free post-race concert.|
|Jim Diego, singer of today's anthem. He's also scheduled to|
sing before next month's New York Marathon. Great job, Jim!
|Thank you, Katie, for helping us spread awareness in the NYC area!|
Jim was able to make it back just as Katie was starting the interview. When we were done we had to race back to the car and then right to the airport. Luckily Jim was able to park about a mile away so it was a quick jog back to the rental car.
|Next to where Jim parked I spotted a bumper sticker with a poignant message...|
|It's faded, but it does say "I (Heart) Sweden"...and since my awesome braces are made in|
Sweden, I heart Sweden too!
|The Brooklyn Medal (and bottle opener)...|
|Beast of the East Heavy Medal...of which I did|
all four events: Philly, VaBeach, DC and Brooklyn.
|...and the Headliner Heavy Medal.|