Brooklyn Half “Pre-Party” Packet Pickup

Brooklyn Half Pre-Party lawn - surprisingly spongy!

Brooklyn Half Pre-Party lawn – surprisingly spongy!

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is this Saturday and I went to get my bib this afternoon at the “Pre-Party” in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Just a note for those coming from some of the major subway stops nearby (e.g. 2/3 at Clark, A/C at High, N/R at Court) – you can’t just walk directly to the water like I tried – you have to find an access point like at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.  So I ended up walking a lot more than I anticipated, but luckily it was a beautiful day and I got ice cream.

You can't get there from here...

You can’t get there from here…

You *can* get there from here.

You *can* get there from here.

I also got my race shirt “graffitied” by artists from Klughaus, a contemporary art gallery in New York.  I might have to break my only strong race superstition and wear the shirt to the race itself!  If I end up with a DNF or an injury, I will blame the shirt.

My shirt getting graffitied!

My shirt getting graffitied!

A very nice Airbnb employee rushed over to help me hold the shirt down in the wind (so that's his hand).

A very nice Airbnb employee rushed over to help me hold the shirt down in the wind (so that’s his hand).

 

Speaking of injury, my knee pain has been flaring up again since getting back into more regular running.  It makes me so angry that when I try to be responsible and actually train, I get sidelined by injury, which makes me unable to train, so then I churn out less-than-mediocre marathon after approaching-pathetic marathon.  I feel trapped at the back-of-the-pack at this point.  I just want to be a midpacker!!  I’m going to try to keep training as well as I can, and do foam rolling and strengthening and be better about massage, but I also feel like I can only do so much and then it comes down to luck.  Or genetics.  Same thing?

I missed the bands (which only play at night) but had amazing views of the city.

I missed the bands (which only play at night) but had amazing views of the city.

It's on beautiful days like this that I can't believe I live here.

It’s on beautiful days like this that I can’t believe I live here.

 

I’m excited about the Brooklyn Half, though, assuming my knee holds up.  What a joy to only run 13 miles!  An Airbnb employee also said there would be hot dogs and beer for free at the finish.  Could that possibly be true?!  Perhaps Mary Wittenberg’s swan song?

 

Will I see you at the Brooklyn Half this weekend?  Want to meet me at the finish for corn dogs, cotton candy, skee ball, and the Cyclone?  Will you be watching the Mad Men series finale this Sunday?  Share in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Brooklyn Half “Pre-Party” Packet Pickup

  1. Danilo Torres

    Those are great pictures of the city. Nice weather for the expo. Too bad it rained during the race.

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    1. WTFinish Post author

      Thanks! Yeah it was a fantastic day for pickup, and at least it wasn’t cold rain during the race. Although I might have enjoyed the Coney Island fun more if I hadn’t been soaking wet post-run…

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