Back with another overdue race report!! (Oh yeah, hope everyone enjoyed their holidays.)
So the Join the Voices 5-miler was the 2nd race in my hopeful year-ending trifecta. In addition, this was the last team points race of the year. But not the same as in previous years, you see usually the Joe Kleinerman 10K would be the last points race of the year. But that was switched with the Fred Lebow 5-miler which was usually held in January. Little sad about the break from tradition…and additionally, I would have preferred to race a 10K than a 5-miler (my 10K PR is in definite need of updating.) But it was what it was and maybe for all I know, this would have been better (no Harlem Hill throwing a wrench in things.)
So was a nicely cool morning, shorts, singlet, arm warmers and CEPs were the order of the day. Warmed up by running to the park (gotta love race starts in the south end of the park) and quickly dropped off my bag and headed to the start, running into (well not literally) Lam and other teammates on the way. Listened to the usuall announcements…blah blah blah. Though did anyone notice that they goofed and said this was a double points race? 🙂
Anyway, in a nutshell, this was my race-sorta uneventful as far as races go.
|1||7:21||Around the bottom of the park…good first mile, but did I go out too fast?|
|2||7:41||Up Cat Hill…ugh definitely need to work on hills-this was weak compared
to my summer races.
|3||7:24||Engineer’s Gate to 102nd…and was hoping this would have been faster.|
|4||7:44||West Side Hills…slow but definitely could have been worse.|
|5||7:07||Downhills, flats, then the turn onto 72nd to the finish. Tried to give it all I got!|
Final time was 37:17, 7:27 pace. Definitely way off where I was in the summer, but for less than a month after the marathon and minimal speedwork/mileage, I’ll take it. Especially since again, still ahead of where I was at this time last year (when I couldn’t even break 50 for 10K.)
And can never complain about getting my pic in the NYRR local gallery once again…
Though gotta love that they made my race time 5 minutes faster…hehe.
So, that was this one. The report like the race…short and sweet.