When we lat left off, I missed out on a PR at the Mini 10K by 20 seconds. I knew that my next race would be on a much flatter course, so I thought a PR was definitely in reach as long as I didn't do anything stupid.
And then I fell. I was out on a 4 mile run, tripped over the sidewalk, and went crashing into the concrete. My screen protector saved my phone (thank you OtterBox), but I slammed my knee and shoulder and got some new wounds for my efforts. I was able to keep running, but my knee was a little sore. Of course, right? But, I wasn't going to let that stop me from running, since I have a thing about spending money on race entries and...not running.
The Queens 10K is held each year at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Flushing Meadows was the site of the World's Fair in 1939 and 1964. My mom still tells me how she went to the Fair and got to see the Unisphere when she was younger. I only ran here once before, so I knew it was super duper flat, and I was looking forward to seeing some of the different sights - the race passes the Unisphere and Queens Museum.
Since the race was in Queens, I was super happy to not have to take the LIRR into the city. I considered it kind of a "home field advantage," since the park is just a few miles from where I live. My choices to get there were to run (I was running home, so no), take the subway (local trains + transfer = no), or just take a cab. I went with a Lyft, and $15 later I was at the starting area. I grabbed some water (thanks to NYRR for having coolers already ready to be used so that we could have something to drink before the race), and made my way to the start.
To cut down on crowding, the Queens 10K has two different start times. I was in the later group, so we lined up to start at 8:15. It was a cloudy day, and the only issue seemed to be that it was really humid. After 5 years of running in Florida, I was pretty set to deal with the humidity. I chatted with a few other runners while we waited for the start.
Going into the race, my 10K PR was a 59:51. I knew I had to keep about a 9:35 pace to have a prayer of beating my old time, but wiggle room was needed just in case I ran the course long again.
The horn sounded, and we were off!
After I crossed the finish line, I got my medal from a very happy volunteer, and got a bag of snacks/water from another. I was so freaking happy to crush my goal. I took some pictures with my medal and the Unisphere (obligatory), and then went to the Mile 6 marker to cheer on some of the other runners and give out some high fives. It was really humid (93%) out there, so I wanted to do what I could to cheer some people on. I ran the 3 miles home, and proceeded to pass out for a few hours.
I tend to sweat out a lot of salt when I run, so I was craving tacos for hours. After it stopped raining, I walked up to Chipotle and had the most disappointing tacos of all time. But, that's a story for another time I guess.
I'm super happy with how the Queens 10K ended up for me. I think my big takeaway from this race is to not mentally panic for no reason. I was way under my splits, and I was still stressing over how much further I had to go. I think that's way easier said than done, but we'll see for my next race!
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