Cross it off my bucket list! NYC Half Marathon 2014 Race Recap

I have wanted to run the NYC Half Marathon since I started running half marathons.  I was very happy to get in this year and even more excited that my husband encouraged me to fly across the country by myself to run it while he stayed home to be mister mom. (I nominate him for the husband of the year award)

I decided to wear my INKnBURN Sugar Skull pullover.  I always feel like kickin some asphalt when I wear it.  I also wore my INKnBURN performance denim tech tube to help keep my ears from falling off from the cold.


It was 29 degrees when I left my hotel room in Downtown NYC and headed to the subway.  I took the Metro uptown to Central Park.


It was COLD.

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They had metal detectors and cops with metal detector wands that all the runners had to go through to get to the starting corrals.  This was my first experience with this at a race.

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The race started in Central Park.  The ponds were partially frozen and it was beautiful.  By the time we started most of my body was pretty numb from the cold.  It took me until mile 3 to be able to feel my toes again.  After I warmed up a little I felt great though and enjoyed the run so much.

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The course had us run a loop around Central Park and we first headed North passing the Guggenheim Museum.


Then as we ran south out of the park and exited on to 7th Avenue.


We made our way through Times Square.  It was AWESOME running on the closed city streets and the crowd support was so amazing.


The way the light was coming though the buildings I couldn’t get my face and the 2014 “ball” both in focus. hehe


After running through Times Square we cut over to the West Side Highway.  We ran passed the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.


The Freedom Tower was glistening in the sun and was inspiring as we got closer and closer to it.


We ran downtown and could see the Brooklyn Bridge as we approached Wall Street.


We looped around and the finish line was on Wall Street.


I loved every minute of it.


It was a whirlwind trip because I went straight back to the hotel, showered and headed to the airport to fly home California.  It was one of the best 24 hours I have ever spent in NYC.

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My fingers are still crossed to get into the NYC Marathon this November and that I can cross that one off my bucket list as well.  The lottery happens next week and it would be amazing to get the news that I got in after  having a little taste this past weekend.

Do you have a race bucket list?


  1. Pam | 18th Mar 14

    Looks like you had a fabulous time running in NYC…..I may need to add this half to my list of races in the future. My race bucket list has the Boston Marathon at the top, like so many other runners. I made the qualifying time on Sunday at a local marathon in NC, so April, 2015, I will be toeing the line in Hopkington, MA with loads of other happy runners… dream has come true! I would also like to run the London, Athens and Rome marathons!

  2. Tina Muir | 22nd Mar 14

    Congratulations! So glad you enjoyed it so much, and thank you for taking the pictures along the way! When I race I am so focused on the leaders/competing to win that I often do not really even notice the sights at all, it is so cool to see it from your perspective as you run! I look forward to the days I can enjoy the races a little more and take them in, for now I feel I should make the most of my ability.

    Thanks so much for sharing, you are glowing at the finish 🙂

  3. Leslee | 22nd Mar 14

    Great job on another completion AND completing a bucket list item!!! I hope to see NYC this fall… Be it me or my family running the TCSNYC marathon…

    • Half Crazy Mama | 23rd Mar 14

      Fingers crossed! 🙂

  4. Gabrielle @ Marathons and Macarons | 24th Mar 14

    Congrats on the race!! It was my first time running the NYC Half too and I loved it. How cool that you got to fly in just for 24 hours – what a whirlwind. I’m running the NYC Marathon in November (my first!) Good luck with the lottery! A race on my bucket list is definitely the Rome Marathon.

    • Half Crazy Mama | 24th Mar 14

      Good luck in NYC!!! Hopefully I will “see” you there. Rome would be amazing. Hopefully one day we can both cross that one off our bucket lists. 🙂

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