This weekend was rough, but the 4 mile Race To Deliver on Sunday morning was one of the few high points.
I woke up at 6am Sunday morning, showered and then relaxed a bit in my living room before leaving at 7 to head to Central Park. Usually I am in a rush, so it was nice to have some time to relax.
I met up with Adriana at the park and while we discussed our goals, our plans for the day, and Shake Shack, we dropped off our baggage and met up with our friend’s team whose family does a benefit every year at this race to honor a family member who passed away while doing one of his favorite things ever; running. The Run For Harold. I snagged a really cool shirt and listened to a beautiful and motivating speech before we were both off to the start line.
I was hoping to average a 9 minute pace, even though I knew that would be pushing it and would be somewhat unrealistic. After realizing that, I decided to aim for negative splits. I also wanted to finish the race strong and not be dying at the end.
The first mile was congested as usual and it was frustrating to not be able to get my pace where I wanted it because of the amount of people. The first 2 miles were rather easy and I was keeping track of my pace to make sure I stayed on track. The hill at the beginning of the 3rd mile is what always kills me in these 4 mile CP races!
I trudged on. I never stopped mentally pushing myself, I gathered all of the stress from the weekend and crushed it in the last mile. I sprinted the last 1/2 mile and I finished strong!
I was so glad to have energy in the last mile, that usually never happens! I ran a smart race and it felt awesome to sprint to the finish.
Here are my splits;
Mile 1: 9:29
Mile 2: 9:09
Mile 3: 9:36
Mile 4: 8:55
Official Time: 37:29
It was no PR, but it was nice to have a strong race. My running groove is definitely coming back, slowly but surely.