Uptown Girl (lispsugrl) wrote,
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I did it for the curls!

So today marked the return of the short race...as many of you know,not my favorite type of race of the bunch!  However, today I went in with a plan and was determined to erase last month's horrendous 5k.  Boy did I do that and then some;-)

Since I'm a runner that thrives on getting the legs going, I jogged to the park from my apartment which is about 2 miles.  It was pretty darn chilly as it was in the Left></a>upper 30s to start the day.  However, I decided to go with shorts since it was such a short race and I figured 7:20 miles would warm the muscles up!  First off, I like the start of the race being at East 68th street.  For one, it's a little downhill before heading up Cat Hill and second, you don't have to make a quick turn with a huge bottleneck of people!  So the start of the race, I just start going....trying to put a little more effort into it than usual so that I don't fall behind right away.  Many times it has been the first mile that has killed my race for a short race.  Anyway, it was so crowded for that first mile but I tried to stick to the inner lanes as to avoid wasting as much energy as possible passing people. As I approached 84th street, Sempre Libera, pink monkey and roadbunner were giving me the star treatment via pom poms!  However, this should have been my first cue that I was ON today...as I was completely zoned out from them.  Sorry guys for not acknowledging but I was busy making sure not to crash into anyone;-)

Finally, I approach mile 1 (according to NYRR) but realize something is off!  There is no way in heck I ran an 8:10-8:15 min/mile!  Not with the effort I gave.  However, instead of getting frustrated and throwing in the towel, I kept running hard.  As I approached the transverse, I realized I was in line with one of theRight></a> Harriers that generally runs faster than I do.  However, he was conversing saying that he was running 7:30s because he is doing Boston next week.  At this point, I still had absolutely no idea what I was running!  I just kind of went with the flow and how my body responded.  I still felt OK so I decided to run a little harder.  In the West 90s I passed by El Presidente and I believe he got a photo of me.  I approached West 84th and saw the pom pom brigade once more.  At this point I had passed "mile 3" and realized that it wasn't a matter of IF I was going to PR, but by HOW much!  I gave a bit of a smirk smile to the girls at this point so they knew I acknowledged but I was ready to bring home a new PR. 

As I rounded the corner at W 72nd onto the transverse I saw the finish line and still had no idea about what I was about to achieve.  You see I totally miscalculated the time thinking I was only PR'ing by a couple seconds.  I crossed the finish line and stopped my watch at 28:50 (however, according to a source though my time says 28:49, I actually ran 28:48 since they round up!).  However, in the heat of the moment, I thought I had PR'd by 3 seconds before realizing....no I had PR'd by 1:03 (last 4 mile PR set back in Feb)!!!!!!  I had run a 7:12 pace without even having a clue.  Honestly, it didn't feel that tough and I still had juice in the tank.

After the race, I ran into nyflygirl at the baggage area.  It's fun to start recognizing people at the races!  Unfortunately I didn't see Danny, Shore Turtle or Phil but it appears they were there too:)  Congrats everyone!

My splits...as screwed up as they may be: miles 1/2: 15:23 (mile 1 was like 8:15?!)/mile 3: 7:22/mile 4: 6:04.  I wish I knew my splits because this race kicked ass!  So why the curls? I went to Devachan yesterday and got my haircut for the first time since October?!  And can I say, I was smiling ear to ear when I left:-)  I joked with my friends last night that today's race is dedicated to the curls...hmm maybe it was the curls;-)

I feel like I'm finally starting to see the speed show up on race day...and all that hard work/training paying off.  It's so nice to know that I will not need to stop speeding up in order to train for a marathon this year.  Quite the contrary.  As now I have my eyes set on a new goal....sub 7 minute miles baby.  It's coming soon to a race near you....;-)

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