Last weekend I completed the Queens 10k, which was my 4th race (of 9) for guaranteed entry into the 2017 NYC Marathon!
After the Mini 10k the weekend prior, I set a loose goal of simply running faster than that race (53:35). I wanted to finish somewhere around 52:00-52:30. I thought this was possible for a few reasons: (1) The course is completely flat, (2) I finished the Mini 10k with some gas in the tank, and (3) I wanted to give it my best shot, because YOLO.
I was so happy that I ran a smart race at the Mini 10k (conservative first half, faster finish). This was the exact opposite. I ran a bit too fast the first three miles and it was getting really warm (and there is barely any shade). I knew I had to slow down so I could finish the race with at least some dignity 🙂 Miles 1-3: 8:05, 8:06, 8:12.
There was an out and back during the fourth and fifth mile so I distracted myself by looking for friends both ways. I didn’t see anyone but it helped pass the time. I never really enjoy the last mile of any race. I tell myself “ok, only XX number of track laps” but then I need to factor in that I usually overrun the course. This last mile was no different, but I made it to the finish eventually! Miles 4-6.2: 8:20, 8:35, 8:34, last .2 was 8:10 pace.
Yay for free race photos!
Overall: 6.2 miles, 52:05, 8:23 pace
I am happy with the finish time despite the poor execution and I am overly thrilled with how I am feeling just 3(ish) months postpartum.
I took that high (and confidence booster) and decided to run a local 5k last night. It was only 10 minutes from home and it promised a free beer at the finish so it was a no-brainer). Since I hit the 5k at the Queens 10k in 25:11, I set a realistic goal of 24:30.
The weather seemed fine at the start, it was 7:30 PM and even a bit breezy. When it came time to run, it felt like 90 degrees and so humid. I hit the first mile in 7:37 and physically I felt fine but I immediately got into my own head and told myself to slow down to avoid a crash and burn. My legs ignored my head (phew) and I was able to maintain a similar pace till the end of the race. It was a relatively flat course (only one small hill with a nice downhill as well) and there were a lot of turns that kept me distracted. Miles 2-3: 7:44, 7:33.
Overall: 3.1 miles, 23:43, 7:38 pace
I’ve definitely been running more races than I intended to run so soon after the baby but the results are making me happy so I will probably keep signing up for more 🙂
Have a nice weekend!