Brooklyn Half Pre Party

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I can't believe it's already mid-May and that the Brooklyn Half is this weekend! Spring has flown by! The city is so beautiful and happy this time of year. It's almost like you can sense a darkness (winter) that has been removed from everyone's hearts. Maybe I'm being overly cheesy or maybe I'm just head over heels with this weather. 

I decided to pick up my race bib on the first day that it opened. I know it's going to be completely crazy on Friday night, and my community group meets on Thursday nights. I headed over to Pier 2 right after work and the crowds really weren't bad. I hardly had to wait in line at all. 

I'm in Wave 1, which starts at 7:00am on Saturday. I'm not sure if it's the fact that it might rain on Saturday or the fact that I'm insecure about my training because I got sick so many times this spring -- but I'm honestly kind of nervous about this race. I really want to nail a sub-8 pace, but I don't know if I can, especially if it's raining. 

I'll do my best and let you guys know how it turns out!

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Pier 2 was such a scenic location to pick for the pre-party. Nice breeze, gorgeous sunset, views of the Manhattan skyline. Simply lovely.

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They have a pretty good system set up. You walk in under the welcome sign, pick up your bib from the table with your race #, and then follow the path to get your picture taken, pick up your shirt, and then to check out merch and running supplies.

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New York Road Runners leaders were giving race tips for runners -- both BK Half specific and general running. I listened to them talk about specific parts of the course for this weekend. 

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In the tent, I received my bib, some safety pins, a map of the race with a race day prep list, a list of Brooklyn places to try out (coffee, restaurants, night life, art, etc.), 2 chap sticks, and my shirt. I decided to purchase an expandable belt for race day storage. I really don't want to check a bag, so I plan to pack light and bring it with me. After much internal debate, I decided to purchase a small thing of body glide. It might rain this weekend, and I've heard horror stories about chafing in the rain. The body glide was cheaper at the pre party than I saw it on amazon -- $7. 

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Outside of the bib pick-up area, they have a little lawn set up with mini golf and live music, encircled by local food vendors. 

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I was kind of surprised that, for a fitness-oriented/healthy event, the food they chose to sell was pretty unhealthy -- grilled cheese, ice cream, alcohol. 

I will admit that I had 2 sample servings of the amazing pie that they were giving away. Yum. #noregrets But I did go home to eat actual dinner.

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Are you running this weekend? Have you picked up your bib yet? Do you feel prepared for the race?

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