I signed up for a last minute race last week and never really got around to telling anybody about it. I made a goal to run 12 races this year and I’m a little behind, so I’m trying to catch up! This was race # 5 and next week’s Bronx Half Marathon will be # 6. I will be halfway there. I’m also signed up for the Warrior Dash on September 18th and of course, my marathon on November 7th. So that leaves me with 4 more races to sign up for and complete.
I especially liked my number for this race. So simple and such a low number! I woke up around 6:40 on Sunday morning and was out of the door by 7:10. I almost forgot my sunglasses and my Garmin, I had to run back upstairs for them! I wasn’t taking this race super seriously, it was more of a fun run, especially because I ran 11 miles the day before. I was sore on Saturday, but felt pretty good Sunday morning. I more tired than anything else.
Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for the subway and I got there with enough time to spare. It wasn’t a huge race, but it still had about 750 runners. The race starts on the manhattan side of the bridge and we ran on the path that goes right through the middle of it.
This is basically the amount of room we had, but only half of it because there was a turnaround point at the end. The second half wasn’t so bad and I had a little more room, but I felt like I was basically fighting for my space the whole time. There were 2 good hills, but if I had the space, I could’ve done better, but it really didn’t matter. I was running this race for fun and not for time 🙂
I would just like to point out my matching race gear! hahaha, I feel like I never match my clothes at all when I run and I purposely saved this clothing to wear at my race.
The one thing I was really impressed with at the race was that the distance was spot on! My Garmin never matches up to the actual race distance, most of the time it’s usually longer than the actual race. But, this time I finished right at 3.1, it was pretty awesome. I guess there wasn’t much room for error though. We basically ran over the bridge and back over and then through a small park until the finish line.
The course wasn’t chip timed or anything, well we got chips, but basically whatever time was on the clock when you finished is your official time. They didn’t start it at any specific start line, when they said go, the time started, no matter how far back you were in the crowd.
I was very happy with my negative splits! Here are my stats:
- Distance: 3.1
- Duration: 28:43 – Garmin / 29:11 – Clock Time
- Pace: 9:16
Mile 1: 9:45
Mile 2: 9:23
Mile 3: 8:45
.1: 50 sec. (8:34 pace)
It was a fun race overall. I ate a bagel and an orange slice after with some water. Then I hopped on the train, got home in about 40 minutes, then went back to bed for 2 1/2 hours! I was exhausted from the long weekend of running! I haven’t run that much in a long time, it felt great, but it was definitely tiring.
I ran 17.1 miles in 3 days, that’s a lot for me! But, it’s nice that my body held up with out any kind of injury or real soreness. I feel so good about my marathon training and I am really looking forward to the Half Marathon next weekend. Stay Tuned!