I've waited a long time to finally get a race medal from a NYRR race. The previous two races I've done weren't medal races, the wait continued. Because the Mini 10K would be my first medal, I wanted to have a great race. After last week's 5 miler, I felt confident that I could PR, even in the rough hills of Central Park. My PR was 59:51 which meant literally all I had to do was run the same pace at last week, and then add a mile. This naturally did not happen.
I'm getting ahead of myself. The NYRR Mini 10K is an annual women's 10K that was first held in 1972. It was the child of Kathrine Switzer, Nina Kuscsik (who I got to meet at the NYRR history panel!), and Fred Lebow. This was back when women's racing was unheard of, and there were only 78 runners (a record at the time!). Today the race is a huge event, and this year it had just under 8,500 participants. Coincidentally, that's how many hills there are as well.
The race starts in Columbus Circle. I didn't want to be late, so I once again took the LIRR in and took a subway uptown. I had about 30 minutes before the start, so I used the bathroom and wandered around to take some pictures.
The only downfall of NYRR races is that they're pretty big, and I'm always in the middle corral. It's motivation to run faster so that I can move up, but until then it just means there's time for a selfie.
After the national anthem and seeing the elite runners head off, it was time to go!
I got my medal from a very nice volunteer and kept walking through the chute while I was cursing at myself under my breath. I skipped over the post-race food (they had bagels that were specifically dyed pink for us!) and didn't grab a flower, mostly because I had to move it back to Queens so I could be ready for my bus to Atlantic City later in the day.
Even though this race was super hilly (I even texted my friend David back in Jacksonville and showed him the course map, and he was impressed I was only 20 seconds away from a PR), I feel like that's making excuses. The truth is, I gave up on myself. My last portion of the race was an 8:29 pace - so close to what I needed, and so much faster than I thought I could do! I was dehydrated going into the race, which I think contributed to my side stitch.
Even though I didn't PR, I'm trying to look back on this as a successful race. I survived the Central Park hills. I was hitting low 9:00 miles during a comfortable part of the race. I found some awesome songs for future playlists ("Man I feel like a woman" is especially great during a women's only race!), and I got another race under my belt for the NYRR 9+1 for next year's NYC Marathon. Next time, I need to hydrate better and not look at my Garmin. Had I been running based on feeling, I probably wouldn't have broken down when I did. I just wanted to beat my old time so badly - I'm training hard for Marine Corps, and I feel stronger. I just wish the times would correlate when I'm actually on the course.
By the way, I actually ran the course (.1 miles) long. So without that weaving, this would be a different race recap altogether. But since I weaved, it's a pity party instead :)
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