After looking at the training plan Abby created for me and seeing my long run of 6 miles this weekend, I decided to sign up for the NYRR Queens 10K. Six hot, lonely miles vs. six miles with a few thousand motivators, ample water supply and an awesome neon green tee shirt? Simple decision. I just had to remember that this was a long run for me...not a race.
|Super bright tech tee. Thanks, NYRR.|
I love running races in my borough. I live about 10 minutes away from Flushing Meadows park, so there was no need for a crazy early alarm. Which was especially nice as I was running on 5 hours of sleep and sore feet from waitressing the night before. All the more reason to follow my training plan and not "race" this race.
Beth (who is currently rocking her own marathon training) texted me bright and early to wish me luck and reinforce the importance of just running this as my long run. My goal pace for long runs is somewhere around 10:30 min/miles and having Beth's voice in my head during the run definitely helped me slow it down to that. Thanks, Beth! :)
I've run several races in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which mostly all follow the same route, but this one was different! It almost went in the opposite direction as I was used to running the park, which was a welcome change! Mile 5-6ish included an out-and-back section by Citi Field, which usually I hate, but as there were so many runners, I found myself easily distracted with "people watching". NYRR made sure there were plenty of fluid stations and sprinklers along the course to help manage the heat. There was also a good amount of music, DJs and spectators.
Mile splits (based on Garmin):
I have to admit that I sort of hated having to constantly look at my new Garmin to see what pace I was running. I don't know how some people are so dependant on it! It did end up being helpful to keep my pace in check, but I definitely don't love it. Hopefully as I get more used to running with it, I'll get better at feeling out my pace and not have to look at it so much.
My official time was 1:04:43 (10:26 pace). This is my slowest 10K time ever, but I'm okay with it because I know it's all part of "the plan". All in all, a nice easy 6 mile run! Oh, and I'm one race closer to guaranteed entry to the 2014 NYC Marathon!
Did you run the Queens 10K? Are you doing the 5-Borough Challenge? Training for a race? Let's talk about it!