Short and sweet race recap….
On Sunday I ran the NYRR Run As One 4M race in Central Park with 8,000 of my buddies. This race raised awareness, and money, for lung cancer. This is the 12th year that the race has been held.
It was 33 degrees when I woke up but 54 degrees by the time the race started so I was a little over dressed. It’s so hard to figure out how to dress for “spring” races.
|That moment when you realized that you’re overdressed..|
|Why do I torture myself every weekend? Hmm… LOL|
|Just chillin’ before the start|
The day before the race I turned my shake-out 2 mile run into a nice 6 mile run since my legs felt strong. Based off of that, I didn’t have any time expectations for this race. To my surprise, I got a pretty big PR – 39:17. That’s almost 4 minutes faster than my previous 4 mile PR! I know for most people that’s not a fast time at all, but for me to average less than 10 minutes a mile is a big deal for me. I’ve been doing so many long distances that I have not focused too much on speed work. I didn’t know if I had any kind of speed left in my legs, but now I know!
|Yeah…still haven’t mastered that whole negative split thing…|
|Race elevation chart – typical for Central Park|
This race also had a walk option so I spent mile 1 trying to navigate through people. Mile 2 I had some more room to move and all my energy songs came on my iPod so I was moving pretty fast. At one point I checked my watch and it showed 8:30/mile pace (!). Around mile 3 I started to get hot but kept trucking along at a good pace. Then around 3.5 miles I heard the crowd and booked it to the finish line.
I’ve now completed 5 races toward the NYRR 9+1 program. Only four more races left and those will be the Brooklyn Half (May), Oakley New York Mini 10K and Queens 10K (June) and Bronx 10-Mile (September)!I’m pretty sure I’ll throw myself a party after I complete the Bronx 10-Mile.
I don’t have any races for the next two weekends – I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself! I’ll definitely get some long runs in and do some additional cross training as well.