So originally I was thinking the NJ/Long Branch half…having heard good things about the race and knowing others who are doing that race and/or the full marathon. But then I started wondering if I’d be ready in time and wouldn’t you know it…Brooklyn is a coupla weeks later…and that is a race course I do need some revenge on.
Basically my goal would be not to “just finish”, but to run well. I have a feeling a PR/NYCM qualifying time would be out, but I’d love under 1:50, or even better, under 1:45.
So let’s weigh the pros and cons of both:
flat, fast course-I’ve heard very good things about it
other Flyers/friends running either this race or the full
experience a new race
possibility of guest appearances by “Snooki,” “J-Woww” or “The Situation” (yeah couldn’t resist a Jersey Shore joke)
kinda pricey (currently $85, up to $90 on March 1)
no race-day packet pickup
May 2nd-may not be ready in time?
dealing with NJ Transit to get there…we all know how undependable they are!
(relatively) close to home-much easier to get to
may be fun to experience the new course ending at Coney Island, enjoy the post-party on the beach
May 22nd-3 more weeks to prep
can pace the whole 13.1 for the More Half Marathon on 4/25 instead of cutting it short to taper
much cheaper ($25 before May 7)
another race towards the 9 + 1 for NYCM 2011 guaranteed entry (not saying im going to run it, but nice to have the option if needed)
would like revenge on this course
Prospect Park hills at the beginning
heard not-so-good things about the water situation on the course, and a bottleneck when the faster runners lapped the slower runners in the park last year
the boardwalk tore up my calves in 2005 and 2006-would the same thing happen again?
Only 3 weeks of downtime before I’d start training for Chicago…
So help me decide!! Poll is below…and feel free to comment your reasoning(s) for your votes too!