Happy Wednesday! Today I’m linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Nicole from FitFul Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!
On Saturday I ran the NYRR UAE Healthy Kidney 10K. Originally this race was not on my calendar, but I thought it would be a great race for some of the members of my Black Girls Run group. It was the first race in Central Park for both of them!
Luckily the race was starting at 9:00 am so I didn’t have a really early wake up time. I woke up at 6:00 am and was out the door by 7:00 am. On the drive down to NYC I drank a little water and enjoyed a lemon Honey Stinger waffle. I find that the Honey Stinger waffles give me just the right amount of energy and it’s good because I don’t feel like I’m running on an empty stomach.
We arrived in Central Park, picked up our bibs and then we were off to start the race!
To give you a little background on the race, it was been held for the past 12 years. It is sponsored by the United Arab Emirates and it benefits the National Kidney Foundation. I enjoy races that give back to the community and charities. Also there were many elites in this race due to the prize money being offered. In fact, the winner completed the course in 28:29 – yup that’s 4:35 a mile!
The race started right on time, but it was a little weird. I was in corral J but i feel like we just stood still for a solid 10 minutes. Usually in races you are very slowly moving toward the start line but for this race we literally just stood there for a good 10 minutes before there was any movement. I heard that there was supposed to be a staggered start but I’m not sure if that happened.
There were 8,033 runners in the race, which isn’t that large when compared to other NYRR races, but it felt VERY crowded at the start. I couldn’t get into a good running rhythm until around Mile 1. I haven’t done many NYRR races this year so maybe that’s why the start felt so crowded to me.
After the 1st mile the heat started to get to me. Here’s the funny thing, it really wasn’t even that hot! It was only 68 degrees with 70% humidity. I think because I haven’t really trained in warm weather is why the slightly warm temperature was getting to me. Also some parts of the course didn’t have shade so running directly in the sun was a little rough at times. Basically after the first mile I stopped at all of the water stations. Luckily there were water stations at every mile. Sure, this added a good amount of minutes to my finish time (I usually never stop for water breaks for a 10K), but I wanted to play it safe.
Central Park is known for it’s hills. One loop around the park is about 6 miles and its full of rolling hills and one very big hell (known as Harlem Hill). The good thing about this race is that we ran the large hill within the first 3 miles so after that the race really wasn’t that bad.
After the race I was greeted by smiling volunteers handing out the medals. As always, the medal was super pretty 🙂
After receiving my medal, I was able to pick up afew cups of water, a bag of pretzels, an apple and a cinnamon raisin bagel. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know about my love of post-race bagels. Needless to say I was pretty happy 🙂
All in all, it was a great race. I always recommend NYRR races because they are very organized and great at communicating with runners via email before the race. If you ever visit NYC, I would recommend running one of their races!