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NYRR 4 Mile Race Recap
What a whirlwind couple of days it’s been.
Yesterday was amazing. I got to announce to the world that I am a finalist in the Run For The Rabbit competition!
The press conference was a blast and I already love Coach Cane and the other five finalists.
I’ll be writing about my Hamptons Marathon training on the blog here, of course, as well as on the Run For The Rabbit blog. Ready for social media overload? Here’s all the good stuff that’s online promoting the campaign:
- My announcement!
- The RFTR home page.
- My page, where you can read all about my running history and my decision to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
- Lots o’ videos. Check out the intro video that describes the campaign, plus my personal video. I was really sick when we were filming so my voice is a bit…manly?
- My Facebook fan page. Like it. Love it. I’d be honored.
OK, I promised this post would include a recap of this morning’s race in Central Park.
Let me preface this recap by saying that yesterday was a beautiful New York City day. It wasn’t warm, but there was some sunshine and some flowers.
Today, however… Not so nice!
I woke up and it was pouring rain. I never questioned not running the race. I signed up, I paid the fee and I picked up the T-shirt.
If you want to wear the T-shirt, you have to run the race!
I did my ab workout, ate my granola bar and thought about Coach Cane’s race advice as I got ready to run.
I told him yesterday that I tend to go out fast at races and burn out by the end. I rarely make a strong “final push” because I’m so beat by the time the Finish Line is in sight.
His advice for today’s race was to start slow then attempt to get negative splits for the duration of the race.
Confession: Until about a month ago I had no idea what a negative split was. So if you don’t either, you’re not stupid. You just haven’t been told. From what I’ve gathered, a negative split is when you run one mile faster than the mile before.
I also think that wearing leg warmers also warrants a better performance, so I did that today, too.
The race started on the east side of Central Park, which meant the easiest way for me to get there was to simply run there. I ran 1.8 miles and although I was soaked by the time I reached the start, I was also sufficiently warmed up. My body felt good.
I’m not sure what my exact mile splits were, but I am pretty sure my last mile was the fastest, which means I got at least one negative split! Unless I’m misunderstanding the term, which is entirely possible…
Mile three is always the toughest for me during 4-mile races in Central Park. The rolling hills on the west side are usually pretty killer on my quads. I tried to maintain my pace on them today but definitely felt myself fall back a bit, though I attempted to pick it back up as the finish grew closer.
I wasn’t planning to PR today, but I’m happy to report that I did! I beat my Gridiron Classic time by four seconds!
A 7:47 pace in the pouring rain? Uh, yeah, I’ll definitely take it.
There’s not much to be said about this race except that it was a wet one. I was paranoid the entire time because I brought my iPhone and was terrified it was going to get wet. I carried it in a Ziplock bag and never took it out during the race.
That also meant I set the iPod to Shuffle mode. So naturally the random playlist went from Rihanna’s “S&M” into the “Glee” cast’s version of “Oh Holy Night.” That really got me pumped…
I’m glad I kept my spirits up today. A lot of people weren’t happy about the rain, but I figured I may as well embrace it and be glad the run was only a 4-miler, not a half marathon! Yeah, it was cold. Yeah, my feet were soaked. Yeah, the puddles were ankle deep.
But it was fun! And the rain made me want to run faster to get the race over with.
She needs to work on her jazz hands.
We were definitely “those girls” walking around the show soaking wet. I liked wandering around and checking out the exhibitors, but eventually I was shaking because I was so cold and hopped in a cab to get home and into a hot shower.
The shower was amazing.
The post-shower delivery was pretty great, too.
Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Included in the Easter Basket/shoe box: a light strip to hang next to my bed (so I can read at night — and I already installed it myself!), some Starburst, a peanut butter egg and a $50 spa gift certificate. Massage? Heck yes.
Also, more flowers to add to my collection!
Congratulations to all the other runners today, at the NYRR race and all over. (Hopefully if you ran somewhere else you had better weather!)