I'll admit, I am not a huge fan of the 10k race. I have only run two (this one being my third) I would much prefer either running a 5k, or a half marathon. The main reason why I signed up for this race was because my wonderful friend Vee was going to be in town from Philadelphia, and she was running it. This would be her first race in Central Park! I promptly signed up for the race in early May, and forgot about it until a week ago. Then I got a friendly message from my coach asking me if I was running on Saturday.
Um, this was up Harlem Hill. Not quite sure how I managed this. I think I was excited to get to take my water break after the hill. Still feeling strong. Oh, and now we're halfway done! Yay! This isn't so bad....
Getting fatigued. 'Squatch reminding me THIS (pointing to my head) is what we need to focus on at this point in the race. And he was right. Definitely wanted to take a walk break right around now.
I don't remember much about this mile. I think I got a second wind/burst of energy at some point. Overall average pace was just barely above 9 minute miles, and 'Squatch said Goal #1 was to get it sub 9. Being reminded to swing my arms and use em to my advantage.
I remember 'Squatch telling me "Catch up to that green thing up there! This is your last mile! Push it!" Breathing was starting to get very labored. Wondered if I'd puke or pass out during this race. Pretty sure I was gonna puke after I crossed the finish line. Wondered how Honey Stinger Waffles would look spewed across the finish line. Hoping I wouldn't puke on anyone's sneakers. Shortly before mile 6 I saw Allen running in the park, and I guess I was still in good shape because I let out a really loud "HEEEEYYYYY!!"
Eventually I crossed the finish line, threw my hands on top of my head and tried to get my breathing back and hold myself together. I can't wait to see the photos Brightroom caught of me! No doubt I will be a sweaty mess. I finally looked at the time on my watch, 56:36. Hm, what was my last 10k race? I thought it was about an hour, giving me a 3 1/2 minute PR! Awesome, right? Well, not quite. On my way home I checked my race results from last year. My last 10k was 1:03, meaning I had almost a seven minute PR!! I burst out laughing on the train because it was so crazy. Granted, I know my race pace is not 10:13 anymore, but I just didn't have such expectations for this race.