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Today was the Mets Run to Homeplate 5K out at Shea Stadium.  What the heck was I thinking signing up for a 5k at 10am at the end of July on hot ASPHALT?!  Apparently, not too clearly as I asked a fellow teammate on why we do this...and her response: "Because..."  Hmmph.  ;-)  Anyway, I decided pre-race that sub 7 probably would not happen because honestly feeling like I was going to pass out was not my idea of a good time, nor did it make any sense at this point.  So to me, I said, let's just run the first mile, see how I feel and re-evaluate as far as PRs are concerned.  I wanted to beat my current PR and see if I could sub 22.  Anything extra would be bonus but if not, then so be it.  As we stood by the start, about 10 minutes prior, I could feel the sweat dripping down my back...so not good considering no exertion had taken place yet. So we waited...and waited...and finally the horn.

I was right around the 7 minute mile start, but naturally there were way too many people that shouldn't be there.  I was trying to maneuver around them because a crucial aspect of the 5k is your start.  So I got through the original cluster, a hairpoint turn, and about a half mile in I could see Sempre Libera not terribly far ahead of me.  I definitely saw this as a good thing because that meant I probably was hovering somewhere around 7min mile. I didn't feel terrible and really didn't push too too much.  A little before mile 1 I caught up to SL and gave her a wave, hoping she'd keep up and help pace me the rest of the way.  I noticed she didn't and realized she wasn't racing this.  So off I went...clocking mile 1 at 7:03.  This time around I didn't feel like the 5k at the beginning of the month when the wheels came off at mile 2.  I kept up the pace and fell into a comfort zone.  Funny because a 5K you shouldn't but hey I guess that's what I get for being the pacemaster.  Only annoying thing was the woman that kept telling runners they were less than a mile from the finish. Considering there was well over 1.5 miles to go, uh no.  Mile 2 came in at 7:03 as well and I still felt pretty good.  I realized at this point that my PR was going down today.  It was time to go for the kill. 

All I remember from Mile 3 is another team's coach trying to coach one of his runners past me.  I didn't really like that and used that to try to pick up my own pace.  I still fell within my comfort zone and clocked mile 3 at 7:07. Not bad at all!  Considering my PR was a 7:08 pace....I knew all I had to do was cruise to the finish and a new 5K PR was mine.  Sure enough I cross the finish at 22:00 (21:57 by my watch) shaving a full 8 seconds off my PR. Very exciting considering the horrendous heat.  Another step closer to sub 7 and I still haven't run all out yet. It also marked my highest AG rating at 67.2% and my team finished 9th overall in the female club division!  I still am not sold on these short races but at least I'm getting better at them. 

So that's that...my last race as a 25 year old....Club Championships falls the day after my birthday.  So here's hoping for a belated birthday gift;-)

  • A wonderful early birthday present!

    Congrats on the 5K PR, in heat, no less!!!

    Excellent race!
  • (Anonymous)
    magic coooooooookies!

    • with all the doping allegations going on...for the record, i passed the caffeine drug test post race....so i won't be banned from future races;-)
  • Hurray!

    Nicely done in this heat - and to PR... That is huge. Great job and happy (soon)birthday!

  • (Anonymous)
    Woo-hooo! Way to go! (I'm waving invisible red and white pompoms for you.)

  • great job-yesterday definitely was not ideal racing conditions!! i'm sure sub-7 will be yours once the mercury drops...

    love the new header too!!
    • Thanks:) Was wondering if anyone noticed the banner...

      Anyway, yeah I know sub 7 is just a matter of time....considering I held a steady pace for a 5k....that tells me I never really pushed it all out. That's kind of scary....in a good way:)
  • I see you're friends with Christian and I thought I'd friend you since I just moved (back) to nyc and run (and bike and swim) as well. If you don't want me to add you, just let me know.
  • You guys are tops

    Between you, NYFG, and Moz, I'm in awe. All of you did amazing times in the heat and you're heros to a itty bitty runner like me. I'm inspired.

    • Re: You guys are tops

      Thanks....but you should be proud of your accomplishments as well. Coming out and running in this heat....you are not just an itty bitty runner...you ARE a RUNNER!
  • awesome

    i agree with nyflygirl- you'll totally execute a sub 7 on the next 5K- but hey you got a PR so congrats!

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  • I ran in that race also...what were they thinking with a 10:00 am start time in the middle of summer?!?! Did you run in the Hope and Possibility race today? I decided that driving to NYC 4 weekends in a row just to race was just too much. I am a grad student at PSU (I use to live in NYC and I plan to move back ASAP) and the 4.5 hour drive is exhausting!!! Congrats on your PR!!! Will you add me?
    • I didn't run the H&P race today...I was up in Westchester doing some trail running:-) I'm preparing for the Club Championships in two weeks!

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