- Date: Sunday, June 5
- Start Time: 9:00 am
- Location: Central Park. One loop from 72nd Street Transverse across 102nd Street Transverse and down the west side.
- Conditions: 59 degrees at the start – beautiful, sunny, wonderful.
- Just like the Brooklyn Half, I had some pizza (little homemade pita pizza) and tons of water. I talked about tummy issues during that race, and I am happy to report that I didn’t have any this time (I was worried I’d have to give up my pre-race pizza, but I guess not).
- This race was going to be a little different. A bunch of students from our school were running. For a few girls, it was going to be their first race (exciting!) and their longest distance! Rather than go on my own, I was going to run at their pace and coach them through.
- Race Morning:
- The downside to doing the race with my school team, is that I have to ride the bus with them… which means I have to be at our school at 6:45. So there was that.
- After picking up two other schools, we got the the park a little before 8. We all checked in, and sat around for a while.
- Bumped into Emily – yay!
- Race Time:
- As I said, I was running with some students, so the pace was very, very slow. The girls were awesome, though, and it was really worth it.
- I realized at a certain point, it is more difficult to run slowly. I feel like my form turns to garbage. Boo.
- Official Time:
- Beautiful day for a run in the park. It was a great event that I hope becomes annual.
- Coaching newbies through a race can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Whether it’s students (like today) or running some miles with a first-time marathoner, I highly recommend you do it at some point.
Congratulations to all who raced this weekend! Did you run?
Have you checked out my running book club? Here’s my review of Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running by Rachel Toor. I’ll be reviewing What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami the first Friday in July, if you want to join in!