Times Square is shutdown twice a year…for New Years Eve and the NYC Half Marathon!

This winter I have been gearing up for my first race of the season, the NYC Half Marathon on March 17th, 2019 (St. Patrick’s Day!).  I did my best to recover after Ironman Kona and take some time off to avoid burnout and injuries but I always dread trying to get back into the swing of training! I feel like the rust is finally coming off. This week I worked up to 12 miles and am feeling injury free and healthy which is always a good thing as 2019 racing gets underway.

Saturday morning is the St. Patrick’s Day parade so I plan on checking that out! The expo (where I have to pick up my race bib) is nearby the parade route (how convenient). My friend from Mississippi is going to meet me there and be my tour guide as she lived in NYC for about a decade.

The race begins on Sunday in Prospect Park before taking on the Brooklyn streets. We will make our way over the Manhattan Bridge, up FDR Drive, eventually up through Times Square and ending in Central Park. Usually you have to qualify for the race as it is very competitive but I was able to snag a lottery slot so I’m pumped to run the streets with a bunch of fast people! I ran the NYC full marathon many years ago and I’m excited to return! There is nothing like running through such a vibrant city.