|Ali, Emily, Becky, Tina & Theodora!|
We were greeted with wine, cupcakes, Theodora, Ashley and Bailey before heading to Serafina at the Time Hotel for dinner with Ali, Emily and the Rocketship.
I got my pre-race staple: Lobster Ravioli and it was almost as good as my local Italian restaurant. Yum!!! Becky and I also shared a salad. We had a blast together with gallons of water and pounds of parm cheese : ) Then we headed back to Theodora's for a restful night of sleep.
|Here we are, pretending we are ready to run so early in the AM.|
This is how I feel about this race. It was H-O-T. I probably needed some fuel before the race (I could barely eat) and gatorade during. I had some horrible thoughts during the race. I thought about quitting, but I tried to dig deep and in the end I was able to sneak out a 3 second PR. 51:44 (8:20 pace)
I know I didn't train for this race, but I know I should be able to run faster and I hope I do at the BAA 10K in two weeks! And here are my paces...
Kelly... I thought about saying hi but since we've never met in person I didn't want to seem like a creeper. So hi Kelly!!! I also kept Ali in my sights for the first 3 miles, but then I lost her...I came through the 5K at 25:04 and felt pretty good until I turned the corner and ran up a hill. I looked down at my watch at one point and I was close to a 9:30 so I knew I was just trying to hold on. Once I got down to the last mile, I knew it was almost over. So I did whatever I could to will myself to the finish. The race counts down... 800 meters to go (the distance I ran in college), then 400 meters to go (my favorite distance) and 200 meters to go. I was a sprinter but I barely had a sprint left in me.
I definitely learned some stuff in this race.
- I learned that I should run more than 4.5 miles before running a 6.2 mile race.
- I learned that 96% humidity and I don't get along.
- I learned that I need Gatorade when it's that hot out.
- But most of all, I learned that running races with friends is the best way to run them : )
And I learned that I will always, always run for CHEESE.
|Shout out to Stephanie, who made me this awesome shirt : )|
I had so much fun at the race with my blog friends : ) And I'm so happy I went to NYC : ) Can't wait to go back!
Have you run an NYRR race? THEY are so well run! Do you like the 10K distance?