Hooray – I have a race to talk about!! Hehe.
But I have to be honest – the only reason I signed up for the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog was because:
a). I needed one more race to fulfill my 9+1 before the end of the year (for you non-NYers, if you run 9 NYRR races and volunteer at one race in the calendar year, you get guaranteed entry into the next year’s NYC Marathon)
and b). it was short (4 miles) and therefore IT band-friendly.
The race was in Brooklyn, and traveling all the way to Prospect Park in the cold, early morning did not excite me (I like races in Central Park – quick running distance away!), but in order to run next year’s marathon, a runner’s gotta do what a runner’s gotta do.
So I woke up early and had my go-to pre-race breakfast – natural peanut butter and jam on sprouted cinnamon raisin bread
Got myself ready.
Packed a bag with a banana to eat when I got to the race, water and emergency Clif bar and was out the door.
It was freeeeezing when I got to Prospect Park an hour later, but I checked my bag, warmed up for 2 miles and got into my corral. It was actually a really fun, quick race – one loop of the park and we were done!
And, I PR’d by 29 seconds – hooray! Here are the splits:
So with 2 miles warm-up, about 1.5 miles cooldown, I ran about 7.5 miles for the day without even a peep from the IT band 🙂 NYRR says my official race time was 30:42.
I felt pretty great throughout the whole race, and as soon as I finished I got my bag and ran to the subway (a day of studying was awaiting anxiously…)
This race reminded me how much I love racing! Even though the marathon was just a month ago (!), it seems like much longer and it felt good to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know, there’s something about races – all the runners, people cheering, achieving goals and the sense of accomplishment – that I just love.
I probably won’t race again until 2011 (Jan. 8, to be exact!), but I’m excited already for a fun winter/spring 2011 racing schedule and spring marathon.
Hopefully this great race will carry me through the next two weeks of finals and studying until my eyeballs feel like they’re going to fall out. Almost. There.
Hope everyone is having good weekends!
Question: What are you competitive at in life/sports/etc.? I love racing, even if I’m just competing against myself 🙂