• NYRR Mini 10K Recap

    June 12, 2011

    Well, I can sum up Saturday’s NYRR Mini 10k in two words: hills and humidity. The combination of the two made for a really tough race, but I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. And, really, isn’t that the best part about running a race?

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    I love running in Central Park, but those hills kill me every time!

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    I didn’t arrive in New York City until late Friday night, so Theodora picked up my race number for me. We made plans to meet the next morning, so I met her and some other blog friends before the race. We chatted and caught up for a little while, and then we all headed to our respective corrals for the start of the race. Theodora and I always seem to end up in the same corral, so we took our usual pre-race photo together.

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    The race kicked off at 8:00 on the dot. We started down Central Park West, which was straight and flat. I definitely went out too fast because I finished my first mile in 7:53. Oops. As soon as I saw this time on my Garmin, I immediately slowed my pace. There was no way I could keep that up for five more miles!

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    Just after Mile 1, we headed into Central Park where we ran the rest of the race. The route went clockwise on the West Drive around the top of the park, south on the East Drive around the lower end of the park to the finish at 67th Street and West Drive.

    After my speedy first mile, I slowed my pace down to 8:11 on Mile 2 and 8:19 on Mile 3. Much better.

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    Things were going great, but, as soon as I passed Mile 4, I started to struggle. The rolling hills in Central Park got really tough and then my iPod started skipping songs, so I fiddled around with it while I tried to keep up my pace. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t keep it up, and I finished Mile 4 in 9:08.

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    When I saw the marker for Mile 5, I felt a surge of motivation to pick up my pace again, but, unfortunately, my legs had other plans. I felt like I was cruising along at a good speed, but my Garmin said otherwise. It’s so frustrating when your mind wants to do one thing, but your body does something totally different. Even still, I managed to finish Mile 5 in 8:45. Not too shabby considering I wanted to die.

    The last mile of the race was killer, especially the final 800 meters, but I pushed myself to the end. My body hated me, but I managed to complete the last mile in 8:30, and I crossed the finished line at 53:28 (8:37 pace), which was a new 10K PR for me! Wahoo! Considering the hills and humidity, I am really happy with my time.

    At the finish line, race volunteers passed out pink carnations.

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    And medals, which were super cute with a red polka dot ribbon. I usually don’t get any more excited for an all-women’s races over other races, but this one was really great. There was a fun, supportive vibe– and I have to say that enjoyed the girly touches at the finish line.

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    After the race, I met up with my running buddies: Ashley, Ali, Becky, Lizzy, Emily, Christy, and Theodora.

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    And then it was time to eat! We headed to Whym for brunch.

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    We were a bunch of hungry runners!

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    I properly rehydrated with a glass of water, iced coffee, and a celebratory beer… at 10:30 in the morning. Hey, it was 5 o’clock somewhere!

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    My Lagunitas IPA was served with the most adorable branded mason jar. Lagunitas definitely knows how to make enjoying their beer special. I want one of these glasses so badly now!

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    To eat, I ordered Homemade Granola with fresh berries and Greek yogurt. It was fantastic and exactly what I wanted.

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    All in all, a great race! Can’t wait until next year’s Mini 10K!

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    Corrie Anne June 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Wow! Congratulations on your PR!! That’s so great!! And despite humidity & hills. Looks like so much fun. Those medals ARE super cute! I’ve never done a women’s race before, but I’d love to try it!

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    Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt June 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I have those jars! I got a few when I was at the brewery last month but also from a beer event they had at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Sq for Craft Beer Week. They are perfect for the 12 oz beer or a big ol’ jar of water!

    Congrats on the PR!

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    Cara @ EAT.PRAY.RUN. June 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Cheers on your PR! Looks like such a fun race in the City!

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    Khushboo June 13, 2011 at 5:00 am

    wow that’s an awesome finishing PR! Kudos to you for slowing down after mile 1, it’s so easy to get ahead of yourself and then burn out!

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    Wifey June 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Kudos on the PR! Looks like a fun time – especially your post race hydration. *ahem*

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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    Lee @ in the pink of condition June 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The Central Park hills are really tough, I can relate! Congrats though, that was a super fast time! :-)

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    Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa June 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations on the race and your new PR!

    And beer is totally okay to drink after any race, no matter what time of day it is!

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    Christina June 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Congrats on the PR!

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    Marissa June 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Congrats! And, whoa, I don’t think there’s anyway on earth that I could actually ACCIDENTALLY run a sub-8 min mile!

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    Emily June 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    congrats again on the PR! your hills and humidity description of the race is spot on.

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    Lori June 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Congrats on your PR!!

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    Jordan @ foods sweat and beers June 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Haha, while I’ve never personally paired a beer with yogurt/granola, when celebrations are in order, you do you!!

    Love those lagunitas Jars, I have 2 at home!

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Wahoo! A new PR, nicely done. ANd yah, humidity can really do you in during a race, yikes.

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    Mari June 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    awwww I ran the race too! I wish I could have finally met you =)

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    Misha June 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    That’s great!!! I wish I could have run there with you. I need to plan a run in NYC before moving back West. For sure….

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    Lizzy June 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So much fun with you this weekend!! Congrats on your PR! The humidity was so rough!

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