Hi again!! Yep, I know this race report is 2 weeks delinquent. Ya think life has gotten in the way or something? 🙂
Soooo…the Mini 10K. It’s a race that, for me, was a “must run” for several reasons.
- It was my first race as a New York Flyer…way back in 2004!!
- It’s the only NYRR race that I have run every single year, without fail…so this year would be #8!
- Club points race for the ladies. Even if I don’t score, I still wanted to be out there in some shape or form…
- Ladies-only race=blue race bib (yay for first corral!)
- Ladies-only race=lotsa men on the sidelines cheering 🙂
- Plus this year’s race had a coupla special aspects-the 40th anniversary of the race and was dedicated to Grete Waitz.
As for how I was gonna run…I seriously did not know. I was having a conversation with Coach T a week or so beforehand and he asked me if I had any time goal in mind…I said “you know, I’m honestly afraid to make any goals.” Between last year’s Mini, and the disaster that was the Brooklyn Half, may have been better for the psyche to not have any numbers pre-define my race day.
So what does the post title have to do with things? Glad you asked…
So the nite before the race, I had gone out with some coworkers to celebrate a a birthday of someone in our group. Original plan was to have 1 glass of wine, maybe 2 tops, and then go home early and rest. Said original plan did not happen. With the conditions for the race supposed to be crappy (either almost 100% humidity or raining), I thought “f*ck it, whatever happens tomorrow happens, I’m gonna have fun tonite.” Hence me tipping back a few pints of Blue Moon and staying out later than planned (though I did carbo-load properly at home.)
So the next morning…no rain, but the humidity was indeed close to 100%-thank god it was cooler than normal. Did feel it though during my warmup (boy did it feel different, warming up for this race by running up 8th Ave instead of down CPW!) I headed to the blue corral and lined up with Flyers JS, EG and CK…within striking distance of the elites too! cool! Though when we are all supposed to move forward, me (and CK too) made sure we stayed behind the mats…for reason that we both forgot a few days later 🙂 but also I knew there were others who deserved to be in front of me, and I didn’t want to take the chance of getting caught up in a too-fast first mile. Anyway, after a few speeches, some tributes to Grete, and one of the Harriers singing the National Anthem (and doing a great job too!) it was go time…
Mile 1 (7:28)-Similar to 2 years ago, I tried to hold back just a little…being a little cautious with both the conditions and knowing the hills were up ahead but also just knowing that a 10K is more of an endurance race than some give it credit for. Others were flying past and I’d let them go…I sorta tried to keep JS in my sights, who was a strong runner making her first comeback race after injury. I figured if I could stick with her I’d have a good day. One treat for today was some of the men (and women not racing) from the local clubs cheering at the mile markers. Looks like mile 1 was CPTC’s, as I saw a coupla familiar faces 😉 Thanks for cheering, guys! And I was pretty happy with this mile split (and I think it may have actually been a second or 2 faster-was a little distracted at the mile marker 🙂 )
Mile 2 (7:41)-just kept going up CPW…smiled to myself as I passed my old block on the UWS, and all the buildings I used to walk or run by every day. Entered the park at 90th and got to work on the hills. Not time to make my move yet…maintain, maintain, maintain. Even though this split was a little slow, I wasn’t really getting passed, and I had something left for the 2 biggest climbs of the race ahead. (And thanks to North Brooklyn Runners for their great cheering at the mile 2 marker! 🙂 )
Mile 3 (7:37)-first climb. Attack the hill, don’t look at the watch. If I get passed here, catch ’em on the downhill. And that was exactly what I did. While running downhill, I actually heard JS chatting with Mary Wittenberg…and Mary passed me on the second uphill-she was running the race with Grete’s husband 🙂 I said something about how great the race was, the cheering stations were a fun touch…or something like that because seriously, who’s mind works well while running a 10K race in conditions resembling a swimming pool? And speaking of cheering stations, Front Runners sure brought it at the mile 3 marker!! Fun!!
Climbed a little more to the 5K point…which was 23:39. Hmmm, pretty good!! I know I’d have to run a major negative split to PR (and mile 4 always makes it hard to negative split), but maybe I could get close to my course PR from 2009 of 47:27. That said, 2009’s race had much better conditions…and briefly, 2008’s race flashed into my mind. Where I kept it together through the first 5K in bad conditions, only to lose it during the second 5K.
Mile 4 (8:06)-So I just kept climbing. Up to 102nd, and up the sneaky incline to Engineer’s Gate and the mile 4 marker, where I saw Flyer SC and a coupla other clubs cheering. I sorta breathed a sigh of relief here. I’d still love to be able to get this mile under 8 minutes, but the fact that I was still keeping it together said a lot.
Mile 5 (7:32)-the same thought as every year…worst is over, all downhill from here. And maybe not killing myself on the hills was a good thing, as I was able to pick up the pace more than usual this time around. CPTC was back at mile 5 cheering, along with some others…I passed by CK at the end of this mile and was hoping she’d stick with me for the final stretch…
Mile 6 (7:28)-just keep on working hard…think of all those intervals at the track. I’m still passing people, guess my strategy of holding back on mile 1 pays off again. Hit the 800m to go sign and I think of running 800’s at the track, and Coach T telling me to “hit the pace”, and indeedy, hitting the pace. Don’t think I’m gonna be throwing down any 3:20 half-miles as I have been doing during track workouts, considering I had 5.5 hard miles already on my legs, but it could help me close strong. Finally, I see my team at a cheering station-yayyyyy!!!
Last .2 mile (1:32)-again, not looking at my watch, even though I hit the split button. No idea if I’m near a real PR or a course PR or way off. 400m to go sign-I think “just a lap of the track”…though of course the track doesn’t include an annoying uphill to Tavern on the Green 🙂 I see Flyer DM up ahead and try and finish as close to her as possible…passed by just before the finish…gave it everything I had!! (and gave it so much, I almost ran into someone who stopped short just after the finish line…)
Final time-47:24, 7:38 pace. 5K splits of 23:39/23:45-most evenly I have run this race in a very long time (with the exception of 2004, where I negative split by 1 second)…and 3 second course PR…not too shabby! Not bad for a race I had mentally written off the night before…lol.
Got our medals (really nice ones this year!) and pink carnations, and did the usual posing for pics and mingling…thankfully everything was before the rains came 🙂
And I do not endorse getting wasted the night before a race…but maybe, occasionally, some Blue Moons won’t hurt…LOL.
Some piccys from the day!
Me and JS cruising up CPW in mile 1
mile 6-i totally look i'm walking but i swear i'm running
near collision past the finish!
cute runner guy, will you accept this carnation?
running shoes, medals and flowers. guess which shoe is mine?
more flowers! with flyers in the background