Brooklyn Half Prep

18 May

Tomorrow is my second half marathon. I cannot say that my prep/training this time around was great. I did not run as much as I should have. I did not strength train as much as I should have.


You know how two nights before a race is the day you should refrain from alcohol & get a good nights rest? Well, I went to happy hour, drank way too much & went to bed way too late. (totally worth it, btw)

But – that’s okay. I’m just excited to be running through Brooklyn. What a fabulous way to get to know my new hood. I plan on enjoying myself. Doesn’t hurt that we end at the Coney Island Boardwalk :)

& because I like to procrastinate, I decided that the day before the race is the perfect day to start being serious & doing smart things. (Plus, I’m a little hungover & weirdly enough the things you should do the day before a race – hydrate, rest, eat carbs – is exactly what you should do when hungover!).

So onto bigger & better things – NYRR totally went crazy with our swag bags for the Brooklyn Half. I mean, they totally out did themselves.


Yes, you are seeing that correctly (don’t mind the puppy paws, she was really excited about my swag!) A tech tee (which I actually really like, truth be told) & TWO WHOLE PowerBar Gels in Double Latte flavor (arguably the worst flavor of them all…it really is pretty disgusting.)

I’m not complaining really because the price was very reasonable for a half & I’d rather get nothing than pay $100 for a race.

**also, of note to those of you running tomorrow – there is no “fuel” (gels, fruit, chomps, etc) being offered on the course so if you need anything make sure to bring those awesome Double Latte gels to choke down at mile 7. & there is officially a heat advisory on the NYRR website. I think we start early enough that it should be fine, though.

I will be bringing sports beans (watermelon, mmm) & my hydration belt filled with lemon-lime nuun. I did not bring water with me for the NYC Half but it was overcast & about 40 degrees so definitely a different world. We’ll see how it works out for me.

As for the rest of my outfit…


Pretty excited about it. Also, add 3 sports bras because that’s what I gotta deal with. Gotta lock those suckers down. I decided to wear my compression socks to see if it helps with how tired my legs got by mile 10 last time. Again, we shall see.

Oh yea, & this will be happening –


I hope you would have expected that at this point :)

Oh & the only true preparing that I did (& I’m very very very excited about!!!) is my playlist!!!

HLHW’s Brooklyn Half Playlist!

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Dancing On My Own (Original Radio Mix) – Robyn
Dancing on my own (Skrillex Remix) – Robyn
Cinema (Skrillex Remix) – Benny Benassi
Cinema (Radio Edit) – Benny Benassi Feat. Gary Go
Levels – Avicii
Beautiful people – Chris Brown (feat. Benny Benassi)
Sun & Moon (Radio Edit) – Above & Beyond Feat Richard Bedford
You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Walking Alone (Original Mix) – Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects ft Erik Hecht
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Calling (Lose My Mind) – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso (Feat. Ryan Tedder)
Save The World Tonight – SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
We Found Love – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Bangarang – Skrillex
Broken Hearted – Karmin
Live My Life – Far East Movement
Wild Ones – Flo-Rida Ft. Sia
You Da One – Rihanna
I’m A Machine – David Guetta feat. Crystal Nicole
Take Over Control – Afrojack ft Eva Simons
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Lick it – Skrillex
Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia
Turbulence Remix – Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke ft.Lil’ Jon
Scream (Full) – Usher
No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys
Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
Me & U Remix – Cassie feat. P. Diddy & Yung Joc
One More Time – Daft Punk
Call It What You Want – Foster The People
4th Period: Clothes Off! – Gym Class Heroes
Can I Get A… – Jay-Z
Brooklyns’ Finest (Feat. Notorious B.I.G.) – Jay-Z
Can’t Knock The Hustle (Feat. Mary J. Blige) – Jay-Z
Pain – Jimmy Eat World
Camisado – Panic! At the Disco

Some old, some new. Super random (although mainly house music) but I am stoked! I have about 2.5 hours of music which should give me a nice little cushion just in case I’m not feeling a song & I wanna skip it. (I may just listen to Dancing on my own by Robyn on repeat…don’t judge)

Yay for a great playlist!!

& before I leave ya to paint my nails pink, here are my race goals:

Brooklyn Half Goals:

A. PR (anything under 2:09:19)
B. 2:15:00 or below – which I would totally be okay with considering I will not have my speedy little bro pushing me this time around.
C. 2:30:00 or below, don’t walk & don’t die of over hydration. (heat exhaustion? No way, I’m the crazy person that will drink too much water, not too little)

So there you have it, folks. Only time can tell how this will all turn out. Wish me luck!

7 Responses to “Brooklyn Half Prep”

  1. Jamie @ couchtoironwoman May 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Good luck at the race!! Maybe you will run into Megan, our teammate, there!

    Love the race day outfit, I’ve worn my compression socks during a half marathon and I think it helped. Although, I do run in compression socks a lot anyway!

    • alexjcant May 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks!! & We are actually trying to meet up!

      I figure running with my compression socks can’t hurt, right?!

  2. fortheloveofkale May 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Good luck, girl! :-)

    • alexjcant May 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      thanks! Wasn’t perfection but I finished strong – so gotta be proud of that :)

  3. Megan@ Run Like a Grl May 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I’m so sad I didn’t see you there, I was looking out for you though! Next time we should actually pick a meeting spot if we run in CP and know how the course is going to be set up. Hope you had a great race!!

    • alexjcant May 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      I was looking out for you, too – it was sooo packed though!! Hopefully we can run together soon :)

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