Happy Wednesday! On Sunday I ran the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in Central Park. Let’s discuss!
Race: UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
Race Organization: New York Road Runners (NYRR)
Date: Sunday, April 9
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Central Park – New York, NY
Weather: 44 degrees
Total Number of Runners: 8,602
Swag: Shirt and Medal
I’m running the AirBnb Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. This weekend my training plan called for 7 miles. This was perfect as I was signed up for the 10K race, so I decided to use the race as a long run. I’m a fan of using races as part of a long run because it helps make the long run more fun and less lonely! I decided to do a warm up mile before the race so that I would hit my 7 miles for the day (I don’t like adding on miles after the race).
Overall the race was just okay for me. I was hoping to keep my miles in the 10-10:30 range for the race, which I did for the first 2 miles, but then my legs were like “Nah”. I was SUPER smart and decided to do a strength training workout the day before the race.
Let me tell you that doing a bunch of squats and lunges with weights is NOT the best thing to do before a hilly race. I think after I hit the massive hill between miles 2-3, my legs were just done. I felt like I was dragging lead for the last 3.2 miles of the race. I just started running the mile I was in and stopping to grab water at every mile. The only positive was that it wasn’t a half marathon – that would have been tough! At the end of the day, I finished the race injury free so that’s all that counts. I also didn’t have any issues with my IT band during the race, so I was super thankful for that!
One loop around Central Park. The course is known for rolling hills, including a huge hill between miles 2-3.
The one thing I didn’t like about this course was that we ran a big downhill before the big uphill. I definitely prefer when it’s the other way around 🙂
– Affordable: You get a lot of bang for your buck since this race is only $18.
– Swag: Great race shirt and a nice medal as well!
– Course: Although it’s hilly, the course it great because it starts and ends in the same general area.
– Food: Apples, pretzels and bagels were available after the race.
– Hydration: I don’t drink Gatorade, but I don’t remember seeing it at the hydration stops (I just saw water). But Gatorade and water were available after the race, right past the finish line.
I don’t believe there were photographers on the course, which is fine since my race photos are usually horrible! Thankfully my dad was able to take a few good pictures:
Did you race this weekend? What’s your favorite race distance?