A note before I start my regular blog post: Iâ€™m sick reading this news about the Orlando shooting, and I just saw a man getting beat up on my way home from work. This world we live in makes me very sad and makes me count my blessings.
Saturday morning, I ran the Mini 10K. After a rough start to my spring/summer running season, I was a little nervous about this race, especially knowing how hot and humid it usually is, too.
I took a cab up to Central Park and jogged to pick up my bib. The site said bib pick-up was closing at 7:30, and I arrived around 7:20. Iâ€™ve picked up bibs after pick-up â€œclosesâ€ before and been OK, but I know one of these days I wonâ€™t be. Thankfully that wasnâ€™t Saturday morning.
As I jogged down to Columbus Circle to the start, I heard them yelling that the corrals were about to close. SWEET.
I knew I was nowhere near PR shape, so my goal was just to run as good a race as I could that day. I managed to sneak into my corral and saw MeggieÂ up ahead with AliÂ and a few other runner girls. I texted Meggie that she was just ahead of me, but there were too many security guards for me to sneak up. And weirdly, a minute after, one of the security guards asked me if I wanted to move up. Maybe I wasÂ in the wrong corral? I stood and chatted with those ladies for a few minutes until the race start. Theyâ€™re all faster than me, and I didnâ€™t even try to keep up with them. I was going to do my own thing.
That first mile up Central Park West felt INTERMINABLE. Iâ€™d look at the street signs and wonder how Iâ€™d only gone another block or twoâ€¦so I put on Spotify and tried to zone out and just run. By the time I got to the first mile marker, I saw that Iâ€™d run it in 7:50-something. OH thatâ€™s why it felt hard.
As we got into the park, it never felt easier but I tried to just stay strong and enjoy the downhills. For the uphills, I decided that trying to run hard up them would use too much energy when it was getting warmer and warmer, so I would keep an even effort.
Every time I get to the south end of the park and we start to head back west, I always channel the marathon and remind myself how close I am and even if I feel like Iâ€™m struggling at a shorter distance, I have run this stretch SO MANY TIMES.
I finished in 54:31, a 8:47 pace. Would I have liked to have finished faster? Sure. Is this pace representative of my current fitness level? Yes. Itâ€™s giving me a good baseline of where I am right now.
I used the Nike+ app, which has gotten MUCH more accurate since I last used it, oh, seven years ago. Iâ€™d forgotten a watch that morning and I know Jordan really enjoys the app, so I gave it a shot. 10/10 would app again.