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 two years ago, I found a race!!!!
Apparently during the summer months on alternating Wednesdays at 7:10 pm, there is a cheap ($7.50 – if you sign 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 that July and had a great time.
I was excited that they were scheduled again last summer and the first two races coincided with the dates that I would be working in NYC. I ran both of them.
Unfortunately, this summer a few of my trainings got cancelled and I was only in NYC to run the last one of this 5K racing series.
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 any of these races if I could.
Here is a cool video of the course:
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 year, I was pretty familiar with the route and knew that I would make the race on time (unless there were snafus with the transportation.)
The problem was the weather. Very humid and it looked like rain. I brought an umbrella just in case.
I actually for the first time exited the train station at the right exit. Right near the entrance to the park nearest the race start
But it was pouring!!!
So I entered the park and followed the signs and wondered why I was crazy enough to do this race.
I was pretty early and it wasn’t crowded at all yet. They moved moved bib pick up and bag check indoors.
As I mentioned in my previous recaps for this race, it was strange to be at a race and not know a single person.
I sat outside at a picnic table under an umbrella.
I just had a banana and some water and waited til it was time to head to the start line hoping that the rain would stop.
Eventually runners started arriving. There were probably close to 500. And rain did stop. But it was warm still in the high 70s and incredibly humid. Felt like a sauna.
I was feeling exhausted. Sleeping in a hotel is not ideal and I had gone to bed too late the night before.
Still here I was running a 5k at 7:10 in the evening. Crazy lady, I know!
Night races are tough for me. My only goal was to run well and finish uninjured. There are not usually many older runners so I had a good chance as in previous years in winning my age group.
I noticed an older runner in a local race shirt. It was from a race that I had run several times. Yes, he was from my area and works in the city several days each week. We chatted for awhile and then headed toward the start line.
You pass the finish line on the way to the start.
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.
Since I had just run a similar course in June, 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.
I started running the first mile. My legs felt like lead. And then I got to the hill, I tried to run up it and it was tempting to walk but I managed to drag myself through it slowly.
Mile 2 was better but I was so hot. So I stopped at the water stop and walked a bit.
Every who passed me by looked they had gone swimming. Even I was dripping wet from the humidity.
By the end of mile 3, I was crashing. I tried to finish strong but I just had to walk. And walk again.
I did not have enough energy to sprint and barely finished under 29 minutes. My slowest 5k in a few years.
But under the those miserable conditions, I was not disappointed in the least.
I was a little dizzy and went directly to get water and sit down.
Then that local runner that I met before the race finished and we walked back to bag check.
They posted the results. I did win my age group (as I was the only one in my age group.)
I really didn’t want to hang around to get a medal but I did since I think it’s rude when runners don’t.
mile 1- 9:31
mile 2 – 9:08
mile 3 – 9:11
.14 – 7:52
I never look at my previous race times until after the current race.
2017 – 27:52
2018 – 28:24, 28:02
2019 – 28:48
As you can see, no course PR this year.
Though it was very late by the time I got back to my hotel, I did enjoy my 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.
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.
Happy Running! Ever fun a race while you are traveling for work? Do you try to improve your times on the same course?