4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Grand Prix finisher

with 2 comments

With a successful Staten Island Half Marathon today, I completed the NYRR Grand Prix circuit for the first time ever!  Last year I only missed Manhattan, so I’ve completed 9 GP events in a row.

Summary:

  • Manhattan – 1:59:05
  • Bronx – 1:56:54 (PR)
  • Brooklyn – 1:56:41 (PR)
  • Queens – 2:17:01
  • Staten Island – 2:00:20

My first half marathon in 1996 was Staten Island, so it feels fitting to reach this milestone on the same race.  Now that I’ve completed them all in one year, I won’t feel the same desire to do it again.   Seems like this is the right time to celebrate my history of the distance.  See below for the number of halves per year – this includes things like the Grete’s Great Gallop and New York City Half Marathon.  27 in the last 13 years:

  • 1996 – 1
  • 1997 – 3
  • 1998 – 3
  • 1999 – 2
  • 2000 – 4
  • 2001 – 1
  • 2002 – 0
  • 2003 – 0
  • 2004 – 1
  • 2005 – 1
  • 2006 – 0
  • 2007 – 5
  • 2008 – 6

What I love about the half marathon distance is that it is the gateway to the marathon.  My goal is to always be in half marathon shape.  From there, it is not a big reach to prepare for a marathon, or an olympic distance triathlon, which is in my goals for 2009.

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Written by SCL

October 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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  1. All 5 boroughs. How cool is that!!

    Well done! Congratulations!! You should be proud!! Not an easy task.

    I hope to do this one day:)

    LIrunner9

    October 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm

  2. […] my completion of the Half Marathon Grand Prix for 2008.  Last year was the first time I completed the full Grand Prix, finishing all five of the NYRR half marathons.  Do I get bonus points for also running the New […]


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