This past Sunday, I ran the NYC Half-Marathon. It was fun – its my second – ran the Staten Island half back in 2008. This one was definitely much easier though – in large part I believe because a combination of better training and better usage of fluids/ food items. Along the course there were multiple spots for fluids (aka-“Fluid Stations”) offering Gatorade Endurance formula drink and also water. There was also a table where you could get PowerBar gels around the 10th mile or so.
What you don’t generally think about though when you’re running the races is how (freaking) much time and effort goes into getting all that juice, water and gels ready. This shot is from the Brooklyn Half back in 2009 when A and I volunteered to help set up before the race. At 5:30 am (!) we arrived – at the end of May – the path from my Brooklyn apartment to the park lead us across empty streets, skies grey and into Prospect Park where the dew had not yet begun to burn off.
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