Race Review: More Women’s Half Marathon
April 14th, 2013
I love all women’s races. I’ve race two of them before and they were all Diva events so I was excited to see how the More Women’s Half was. With 7,500 women the race is decent sized but not huge. I didn’t know much about the race before signing up other than it was two laps in Central Park and you got a medal! I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised at the event.
The expo was full of women owned and female targeted vendors along with one of my favorites, Sparkly Soul. It wasn’t crowded at all which was nice. Athena is one of the sponsors and they designed the shirts that are specifically for women and were so cute. Our goodie bags were also filled with great coupons and new snacks.
The race started at 8 AM on a sunny day with perfect running weather in the 50’s! There were so many women in Central Park it was nuts but also really neat to see. At the start there were lots of bathrooms and plenty of room to stretch and relax before the run.
On my way to my coral I spotted my friend Jesse who is an elite runner. I wish I could run as fast as her. She ended up placing 9th over all with a time of 1:26:26! She is awesome
The corals were packed by the time I made it into my correct spot with about 10 minutes to spare. There were an impressive amount of celebrities at the event with Allison Sweeney hosting and several famous female athletes running the race.
The start went off without a hitch right at 8 AM and we were off for our two and a third loops around the park! Yea you heard that right two and a third loops around Central Park. Harlem hill is no joke the second time around so make sure to train for hills if you are going to do this run. Check out the Central Park website for more details on the course and terrain.
I was a little nervous going into the run because my hip has really been bothering me. Plus I haven’t taken a day off from working out in 8 days thanks to our Insanity workouts. The first couple of miles I ran faster than I wanted to, but every time I tried to slow down I just couldn’t. That sentence could only make sense to a runner!
Since I started in the third coral I was with runners whose pace was about 8:30 Min/Mile, way faster than the 10 minute miles I originally set out to run. By the time I got to mile 5 I was still running some pretty fast miles so I figured why not just go with it until it starts to hurt. It started to hurt at mile 8 when we were climbing Harlem hill for the second time. My hip pain was pretty strong but I pushed through and it went away for the most part for the remainder for the race.
Peter came out to support me for the final mile of the run and to help me get home. I was definitely happy to be finished with the race when it was over but all in all it was a great event with good people. The finish line was crowded with people cheering us on!
Crowd support was pretty good throughout the bottom half of Central Park. It was nice to see so many husbands, boyfriends and children out supporting their women. A BIG thank you to my one man support team of one for helping me get home after the race. I completed the race in 2:00:11, not too shabby!
Pros: All women’s event, beautiful course through Central Park, non-competative (no elbowing yada yada), lots of crowd support, plenty of water and Gatorade stops, cute race shirts, good expo with lots of female friendly vendors.
Cons: Lots of walkers who crowd the course on the second loop around, so-so medal, very hilly!
If you like all women’s races and live semi local its a must do event.