April 23, 2010

Race Recap: Run for the Parks 4M

gotta love those pretty race pics ;)

On April 18th, I ran the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks. It was a 4 mile race on a beautiful crisp morning in NY's Central Park, and it reminded me once again why I love running.

The night before the race, I wasn't feeling too hot. I had spent the wee hours of the morning bowing to the porcelain throne (aka puking) and didn't get much sleep. And although I set my alarm for 6am so that I could wake up, eat & digest, and stretch a bit before leaving for the park, I couldn't drag my butt out of bed until 6:45. So I jumped up, put on my running gear, grabbed a banana and headed out the door. With very little sleep or nourishment, I walked to Central Park in the cold and was cranky as hell. I almost didn't run this race. I almost called my friend Robert, who I was meeting before so that we could start the race together, to tell him I wasn't going to make it. But I was up & out the door, and I told myself "just run and finish, no pressure."

I did a whole lot better than that... I PRd! I started the first mile slow and steady, not worrying about weaving through the other runners, but just enjoyed myself and watched the trees go by. By mile two, I realized I had a lot more energy than I expected and that I felt totally fine. So I went for it. I picked up my pace, ignored the hills, and finished the race in 38:25! Yeah, a 9:36 pace/mile might seem a bit slow to some of you, but it's my fastest pace in Central Park because the hills usually kick my butt, and I am pretty proud of it!

Speaking of the hills.... I noticed this girl running at around the same pace as me, just a few steps ahead for most of the race. Every time we conquered another hill, she fist pumped and cheered herself on. It was awesome! I love that she openly celebrated her accomplishments during the race and once again, I was reminded why running totally rocks.

How cool is it that each run, I get to further challenge myself, see how strong I can be, and then celebrate my success. I love that I get to define my success, my goals. Whether my goal is to PR, get up a hill, run a half marathon, or even just get out there at all, I own my accomplishments. That's pretty awesome, don't you think?

5 comments :

  1. You look very focused in that picture!
    Race in Central Park sounds like so much fun, minus the hills!!

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  2. lol! I think I was in a bit of a zone

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  3. I love the race pic! :) I do agree it's pretty awesome to own your own accomplishments!

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  4. What a great post! I love this: "I own my accomplishments" It is SO awesome!

    Congrats on the PR! That's really impressive that you got out the door and raced! I know for a fact if I was sick the night before there would be no racing for me. Way to be gutsy and finish strong.

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