So I’m overdue on race reports for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and the UAE 10K but will be racing a 10 Miler (Broad Street Run), Half (Brooklyn), and likely a nice flat 10K (Memorial Day) in the next few weeks AND also have no race photos.
5/1: Rest day
5/2: NYRR Open Run where Elle generously paced me for 8:30s. I warmed up for 2 miles to get there and was feeling ok in terms of breath, water, and nutrition, having finally tried a Picky Bar around 6pm. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Open Run course has changed since last year and there was a different still modified course when I ran it a few weeks ago due to pier closure and police activity. So of course I got confused at the turnaround and started heading to the left. Whoops! That slowed us down a bit, but Elle got me back on pace. The volunteers got my time as a 25:58 but I had 26:14. Either way is close to a PR. I’m trying to pick a fast, flat 5K in the next few weeks to race to get that sub-26.
I look like death warmed over in the photos (unflattering to the mind, body, and spirit) but had a great time. Elle was such a positive pacer and I will totally vouch for her abilities to stay steady while being super encouraging.
You can see my slow point of confusion in both the map and the pace chart below.
5/3: I started the day off with a hunt for kosher black and white cookies (thanks, Moishe’s in the East Village) for a coworker’s birthday. Our team had rounded up several other kosher baked goods, so I ended up eating one huge cookie to myself over many hours, since I had carefully sliced them up to get both the black and white icing sides.
4 mile recovery run to E’s for dinner. I got a little lost taking a different-than-usual route to Ocean Parkway and had to stop and ask someone at the firehouse. I figured it out for now, but will try and see if any of the other bridges or routes are more efficient.
5/4: Speedwork, week 4. We did a 1.4 mile warm up, then drills (bunny hops are my favorite), 12 short hill repeats with a jog back down the hill, then a 1.4 mile cool down. I forgot to include some of the jogs, but total mileage was a bit short of 5 miles (4.7 or so).
5/5: Rest day.
5/6: 3 miles shakeout run around Gowanus before hopping in the car to head to Philadelphia for the Broad Street Run.
5/7: Broad Street Run 10 Miler. Spoiler alert: new PR of 1:29:17. Total redemption from Cherry Blossom. There are no course photos of me just yet (except for one where you can see the back of my head) but hopefully those pop up soon. No warm up or cool down, but I did get in another few miles of walking around after, trying to find my teammates and get to brunch.
Total: 26.6 miles over 5 runs, out of an expected 23-25 miles.