This has been sitting in my drafts for about two weeks now….oops. Better late than never, right? So here we go….back to May 17th….
I woke up, bright and early around 5:30am. Took a quick shower, braided my hair, drank a espresso and a cherry limeade nuun. I also made a waffle with PB but I wasn't hungry so I packed it and brought it with me to eat on the subway ride.
I left my apartment and walked to the subway a few minutes before 6, thinking this would leave me plenty of time. I know it's only 20-25 minutes to prospect park, but I wanted to take into account morning/weekend delays so I gave myself about an hour. I got on the subway and we sat there, not moving for nearly 30 minutes. Thanks, MTA. So I ended up getting to the park, going through securtiy(the line was absurd – and I realize I shouldn't complain because safety is important, but I was late!) and getting to the baggage truck JUST as they stopped accepting baggage. Awesome. It ended up not being a big deal because there was an extra “late baggage” truck there, AND the truck my bag was supposed to be on ending up getting in a minor accident and didn't make it to the end of the race until very late. So I guess I should be thanking the MTA for making me late and having bag on a different truck? Who knows. I just felt sorry for all the people who were in corral 34 and were on time and couldn't get their bag after the race.
Anyway, I got my corral and stood around for 45 minutes and then we were off!
Seeing as how I was completely unprepared for this race, my plan was to run the first 5k, walk in the park, and the run/walk the rest on ocean parkway. I ran nice and slow, and by the time I got to 5k I still felt good so I kept running! I took my time, walked through all the water stations and stopped to stretch my hamstrings and hips almost every mile. I wasn't concerned about time at all. I almost didn't wear my watch because my only goal was to finish within the 3 hour cut off and have fun…..but then I wore it anyway and just I ignored it. When I got onto ocean parkway I started to alternate walking and running. Mostly running, but walking for a few minutes here and there and also stopping to stretch. I ate 3 shot blocks around mile 6 and ate whatever fuel NYRR was handing out at mile 9. I think it was a powerade brand gel? All I know is I chose strawberry banana and it tasted decent.
Since I wasn't concerned about time at all, I wasn't really paying attention to my watch or the time….but I saw when I passed the clock at mile 11 I realized I wasn't too far off from my time from last year. I decided to pick up the pace a tiny bit and see if I could beat my time from last year.
I didn't quite beat my time but I got really close. Only 8 seconds behind last years time, which makes me really happy because I honestly thought I would be walking most of the race and come in somewhere around 3 hours. Also, looking at my splits, I think I PR-ed the first 10k!
Official time: 2:27:38
In the end, I had a lot of fun. It was a beautiful day, there were plenty of nice, chatty people to talk to along the way and I had a great time just being out