So after a week of being sick and not running I went into this race with the goal of finishing. (Do not collapse on the course Caitlin.) It was pouring when I ran it last year (which probably helped to thin out the crowds a bit), and though it’s a hilly course, it’s a fun race. I also love that it’s up in my work ‘hood. It’s always nice to see so many people get out of Central Park and experience a little piece of a Manhattan they don’t see everyday.
So let’s cut to the chase… I didn’t just finish the race. I PR’ed the NYRR Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5k. I knew this after looking at my watch at the finish line, but then I plugged my little Garmin into my computer and I took a peek at my splits and um… what?
(7:53 split!?!??!?! Whaaaaaaaat?)
I didn’t just PR that race, I PR’ed it like a boss.
*Official Time: 26:17
After some issues with my Garmin, I finally have yesterday’s PR 10k race uploaded…
The morning was chilly. I usually make sure to have my bib and everything pre-race to avoid the hassle of getting it taken care of on race day. (One less thing to worry about a few more minutes of sleep.) This race though, I wasn’t able to make it to the 3 hour pick-up window on Friday so I arrived at the race start early. It was a chilly wait with Alice, but well worth it.
The course was in Riverside Park and it was my first time running there. I noticed how hilly it was as I walked to the start and was admittedly a little intimidated. Within the first .5 mile there was a giant hill (and the course was a double loop) so on my way up the first time I reminded myself that I would have to do it again. Leave something for later - there’s a lot of race left! I reminded myself to keep my feet underneath me and to not go crazy on the downhill, but to use it to recover instead. I think this race was the first race I have run where I really paid attention to running a smart race. I actually put thought into it instead of just running fast - and it paid off!
Official times aren’t posted yet, but my Garmin said I finished at 54:57. My previous 10k PR time was 1:01:01. (I’m really excited to see what I can do with the Coogan’s 5k and my standing 5k PR in a month.) I will update with the official time once it’s available.
**OFFICIAL TIME: 54:40 (69 of 191)
The morning started bright and early when my alarm went off at 4:45. I had actually been in and out of sleep since 4:00 and my nerves were already starting. I ran through my checklist of things multiple times. Have you decided what to wear? Did you pin your bib on? Is your iPod charged? Don’t forget your metrocard. You have to catch the 4 train at the Wall St. station by 5:36. Once I was up and at ‘em things went pretty smoothly. Chino seemed angry that we were up so early on a Sunday and he made it clear that if either of us thought he was getting out of bed, we were crazy.
We hurried out of the apartment to the subway station and we made it with 5 minutes to spare. (If we had missed the 5:36 train we would have had to wait another 23 minutes until the next one pulled in - eek!) Once we got to Central Park, I made a beeline to the porta-potties and then stood with Drew to look for Theodora. We met up briefly, wished each other well and headed to our respective corrals.
Drew stood with me and helped to ease my mounting nerves. I was suddenly panicked that I hadn’t done nearly enough to prepare for this race - though I knew that it wasn’t true, it helped to hear someone else sound so confident about how I would perform. Drew snapped a few pictures. Here I am in the corral. It was freezing and I kept my layers on for as long as I could before handing them over to Drew at race start.
My own little tribute to Drew and Jim. It was unbelievably inspiring to know that I was running with a purpose. Seeing all of the tributes, “in honor of’s” and “in memory of’s” was enough to cause a few tears.
Official time: 2:11:55. Not quite the 2:10 I was hoping for, but a PR and great race nonetheless.
Thank you Drew for the amazing pictures and to everyone who cheered today’s runners on. Also, I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am to those whose generosity made this endeavor possible. Your selfless gifts to lymphoma and leukemia patients everywhere have left me incredibly humbled and grateful to know so many caring people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
AND I DID PR!
Not too shabby for a rainy Sunday morning… :)
Now, back to this:
I signed up for this race a while ago when I noticed that it bore the name of an after-work watering hole that my co-workers and I frequent.*
When I left my apartment this morning, it was mild and still dry. The forecast promised there would be rain though. After foiling the MTA’s plans to make me late with the 1 train, I arrived at the familiar 168th Street A platform. While exiting the train station I noticed dripping umbrellas and disgusted looks - a clear indication of a rainy day in NYC. (Drew had the morning off from his paparrazzi duties, and I’m glad. He’s such a supportive boyfriend, but I would have felt awful if he had been standing in the rain while I happily splashed through puddles. Running is my hobby, it doesn’t have to be the focus of his.)
Ha! Rain. Bring it. Armed with my trusty jacket and extra socks and clothes for post-race, I walked joyously through the raindrops to the starting line, where I joined an excited group of runners. The run went up Fort Washington and around the Cloisters and looped back. Along the way, the spirited drums and beats of Latin music urged me and all of the other runners on. Washington Heights is a predominantly Dominican neighborhood and it was great to see them showing everyone what a proud, passionate, and involved community they are! Such a great turn out. There really is something to be said for the impact the spectators make on a race.
I wasn’t actually in the mood to run when I left this morning. The gray sky combined with Drew and Chino’s continued soft snoring, and the ideal sleeping temperature of the apartment made it really tough to get up and at ‘em. Once I got moving and I pumped some tunes from a running playlist, I began to get excited and in the racing frame of mind.
I haven’t actually run an official 5k before. My first race ever was an unofficially timed 3 miler and that was last July, so I was a little nervous about this one. I worried about pacing properly and though I don’t have an official 5k PR, I wanted to beat the time of all of my training 5k’s. Pending the release of the official chip times, I think I managed to get my PR.
Now it’s back to the apartment to shower and drink coffee and eat a bagel. I’m considering a second longer run later tonight. This is really my last weekend to go all out on a long run before tapering for the NYC Half, so if I can manage to get some more miles in, I would like that. (Oh my God, that’s so crazy to write! Taper time already?!?!) Happy Sunday everyone! Stay dry New Yorkers!
*Does this make us all sound like a bunch of lushes? Sometimes you just need a Coogan’s ale after a day in the lab where everything seems to go haywire. Don’t judge me.