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So last night I participated in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. I think the best way to describe the racing conditions was I may as well have run in an oven. It was gross. However, I felt a bit obligated to run since my company knows I run a little bit (ha!) and enticing me with free drinks/food for 3 hours after. Amazing how free food/drinks still can woo the best of us! Another factor was that I could start in the special elite section...whether or not it was a good move with the conditions, is debatable;)

I originally didn't plan on racing this but eh what the hell. I need to get used to running in this soup-like weather. One other guy from my company started with the elites and turns out he is really freakin' fast! He finished in the top 5 OVERALL! In any event, ran into Sempre Libera at the starting line. Me, in my lime/flurescent green company shirt...she in the bright orange...so together it was a pumpkin and a vine:-p I also did some alterations to my cotton shirt as you can see:)

So the race...HAZY, HOT AND HUMID took its toll on me in the second half. I started out well enough with what I think was just a notch below 7 mins for the first mile (didn't get my splits but I think I saw the clock). However, I should have known there would be trouble with a capital "T" when I felt pretty crappy by the 102nd transverse. My shirt was drenched in sweat and I could already feel my body screaming at me for running hard. But I'll be damned, I was not letting the orange shirt of SL get away! I knew if I could keep up that I'd put up a good time. Crossing the transverse things started to really go downhill. You know how you get those thoughts of "why am I doing this?" Yeah, that started up coming to the east side. Not good when you know there is still half a race left!

I kept hauling a$$ up the east side and keeping the orange within my sights. Another sign of the heat: Pouring a cup of water on my head and I could feel heated water dripping off my face>_< Reaching 90th street, I was hoping things would get a little better knowing the hills were over and a lot of downhills left. However, I don't think this time it had anything to do with the terrain. As SL mentioned to me later, it could have been flat and still hurt. This race quickly became a mind battle to see if I could finish the darn thing. Passing 84th street, I heard two girls from the NYH call my name but I was too concerned about stopping to acknowledge. At mile 3, I had serious thoughts of stopping and walking....with thoughts of well no one would ever have to know. However, that's when Sponge popped into my head yelling "WUSS! WUSS! WUSS!". At that point, I couldn't stop...I also knew I needed to battle this out and show that I can fight tough conditions. I timed my last 1/2 mile to be ~3:40....which all things considered is pretty decent. I finished the race in a respectable 25:20...good for a 7:14 pace. It's not that impressive but with the given miserable conditions...I'm quite satisfied. I proved my toughness and that will go a lot further as we dive deeper into the summer.

I didn't hit that elusive sub 7 club but hey it gives me something more to go after in July. My plan is to race a 5K 4th of July weekend...and see if I can knock down that wall and join the sub 7 club. I'm sick of knocking on this door!

Oh and happy 3 year work anniversary to me!
  • sub 7 club

    I have no doubt you will go sub 7 soon. If not next, keep trying.
    However keep this in mind once you do, you will be wanting to bust the 6:45 club and so on. So come on girl you can do it. When you see the 2 mile mark put it in another gear, like a women possessed.
    Then keep in mind when you do break it, many people including myself will be proud of you.
    • Re: sub 7 club

      Thanks! I think my entry came off a bit harsh as I should note that I am extremely satisfied with my performance. However, I always am hungry for more:) I feel like each race I learn a little something more....
  • wusses

    On hot and humid days like we've been having, the real wusses are the ones that just don't show up. You did fine. And compared to most runners, you did outstanding.

    Apparently there's a five-mile race tomorrow that I'm apparently signed up for, much to my surprise. guess I'll go. Will you be out there?

    • Re: wusses

      I will be out for my normal Sat morning run....no pom poms this time. If we run the roads, I'll keep an eye out for you. Good luck tomorrow and hydrate well....

  • (Anonymous)
    I'm not really as mean as she says.

    -- Sponge

    (Okay, maybe on Wednesdays I am. LOL)
  • well i think your time was impressive (heck, that was my pre-injury 5K PR pace-and you ran it in hillier and hotter/humider conditions!)

    but i sorta know what you mean. when the colleagues asked if my CC time "was a good time for me"...compared to what i used to be able to do for short distance, it was slower!! all relative, i guess...

    oh, and based on my experience, you did do the right thing with the start (out of curiosity, how much were they policing the "elite" area?) i'd rather go out a little hard at the start rather than weave my way around walkers. looking forward to the club champs...that's one race that *won't* be crowded!
    • Be elite!

      Thanks, as I said to the first poster, I'm sorry that this came out a little more brash than need be. I'm quite satisifed with my result but I know there is more improvement to come...if that makes sense. I feel the improvements happening...especially on the shorter races.

      As for the elite start...you just had to go to the hospitality tent and say you've run a 5k at a certain pace:) It was in the little corporate challenge packet they handed out...did you guys get it? I wish more people did because there were maybe 10-12 females total in the elite start which is ridiculous!

      • Re: Be elite!

        yep, we did get that info in our packets. i just didnt know how much of a stickler they were-since i obviously don't qualify, time-wise...however, i probably looked like i belonged there.
  • shirt

    haha- at least you cut off the sleeves on your t-shirt.! trust me, there were a bunch of other shirts that belong to the Most Ugly category. Btw, with the way you are running, a sub-7 will be a cinch! Keep it up! :)

  • woohoo! Go you for toughing it out in muggy conditions!
  • Less then 7

    If you ran a 7:14 in that heat, in a race that crowded, you can absolutely break a 7-minute mile...! Kick that door down!

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