This morning’s 5K was another great run put on by the terrific ParkRun USA group on Roosevelt Island. The trails and boardwalk over the marsh (pronounced: maaaahhsh) weren’t too muddy and the course is almost entirely flat. Racing conditions were pretty great as about 95% of the course is shaded by trees and the humidity was not too bad for a 9am start.
I had three major goals going into the race:
1) Don’t get injured. (✓)
2) Keep a slow pace with even splits (+/- 5secs per mile). (X)
3) Don’t lose to anyone running in basketball shorts. (✓)
I was 2/3 – I was certainly slow, averaging about 8:15/mile, but my splits were very uneven. My racing instincts kicked in when some dude in basketball shorts decided to use me as a pacer at the halfway mark and I sped up. Poor discipline.
Jessie joined me once again and took pity on me by jogging the first half mile alongside me before speeding ahead and cruising to become the race’s top female finisher.
We then posed near the statue of Teddy-Impersonating-Stalin and paid homage to a picture taken years ago – our first picture ever taken together.
Our first picture together years ago:
We will definitely be doing this race again. Next race: less than 24 hours!