If you follow my blog, you know that I often get sent to NYC for work.
Usually, I just try to squeeze in a run on the East River, Hudson River or in Central Park.
Well last year, I found a race!!!!
Apparently during the summer months on alternating Wednesdays at 7:10 pm, there is a cheap ($7.50 – if young up for the whole series,each race costs only $5) 5k in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. These races are organized by the Prospect Park Track Club. I ran one last July and had a great time.
I was excited that they were scheduled again this summer and the first two races coincided with my the dates that I would be working in NYC. I ran the 5k two weeks ago and signed up again for one tonight.
Here are some of the perks of these races:
- Bag check
- Bathrooms (real ones!)
- Water before, during and after the race
- Chip Timing
- Marker at each mile
- 5 year Age group awards ceremony after the race
- Results immediately emailed to you
- Free photos
So it seemed like a no brainer to run some of these races if I could. Unfortunately I won’t be in NYC for the next 5 races.
And coincidentally, it was Global Running Day. I had to run, right?
Again I had to work all day in Queens (getting up at 5:30 am and being on my feet until 4 pm). I would have to rush to take the subway, then the LIRR, walk to my hotel and change my clothes and then take a LONG subway ride to Brooklyn.
At least this time, I was familiar with the route and knew that I would make the race on time (unless there were snafus with the transportation.)
On the subway, there was young girl in running clothes. When I got off at the Prospect Park stop, she did not. Hmmmm
So I entered the park and followed the signs as I did last time.
I was pretty early and it wasn’t crowded at all.
I saw the runner from the train. Apparently the next subway stop would have been closer to the race start. I hope to remember that for next year.
As I mentioned in my last recap, it was strange to be at a race and not know a single person.
I just had a banana and some water, checked my bag and waited til it was time to head to the start line.
Eventually runners started arriving. There were probably close to 650. It was around 60 degrees, breezy and even a little chilly. But actually perfect running weather.
I had a headache all day and was feeling exhausted. Sleeping in a hotel is not ideal and I had stayed out late the night before.
Still here I was running a 5k at 7:10 in the evening.
Soon it was time for everyone to walk down to the start.
Then we all lined up. No corrals or pace signs. Just everyone all together. It didn’t matter because believe it or not, this small local race was chip-timed.
Below is the course map. Since I had just run the course two weeks ago, I knew about the big LONG hill during mile 1.
As I mentioned previously, there are usually runners of all ages who all look like “runners” and the finish times are incredibly fast. A little intimidating.
Happily it was not as warm as last time. And I was not worried about an injured foot. But I just ran a 5k this past weekend and this is a tough course and I didn’t want an injury. Still I would try to do my best and maybe even get a course PR.
I started running the first mile and I just felt like crap. I had to walk at .4 mile in and then again at .6. It didn’t help that it was an uphill that seemed to never end.
Mile 2 was better and I even skipped the water stop.
But I was crashing during mile 3.
I willed myself not to walk until the mile 3 marker. Then I did and gave up on the idea of a course PR.
I did not have enough energy to sprint and finish under 28 minutes.
I was a little dizzy and was thrilled when they handed out ice pops.
I walked back to bag check to get my jacket as it was dark and I was chilled.
They didn’t post the results this week. I did get an email with my time but I wasn’t sure if I won an award.
As I was waiting, I bumped into the guy that walked me to the subway last time. Again we both won and were in awe of how fast the finish times were.
Though it was very late by the time I got back to my hotel, I did enjoy my third Brooklyn 5k!! And I felt better after the race than before.
I plan to run these races again next year if my work dates match the race dates.
mile 1- 9:31
mile 2 – 8:43
mile 3 – 8:49
.14 – 8:31
So slower than my last 5k and not a course PR but faster than the last one on this course. That’s something.
I signed up for another 5k on June 12 (Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5k). It is not run by the Prospect Park Track Club (PPTC) as this one was but it may be exactly the same course. So I will have another shot at a course PR.
Since it’s Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Happy Running! Did you on Global Running Day? Do you try to improve your times on the same course?