I started off the busy weekend bright and early in NYC with 6,000+ other females running the NYRR Mini 10k in Central Park. It was a humid, muggy morning and I was thankful that it stayed overcast for the race otherwise it would have been uncomfortable.
I had no expectations going into this race. Not wearing a Garmin allows me to run at a pace that feels comfortable without worry, concern, or care about how fast (or slow) I am going – so I had no idea how fast I was going until I got to each mile marker. My number (389) meant I could have started in the first corral, but I moved back to the second in order to prevent any temptation to keep up with the women in the front.
I reached the 1st mile marker at 7:40 – which meant that my first mile was about 7:30. It was a lot faster than I have been doing my daily runs, but I felt good. I wasn’t out of breath and was enjoying pushing the pace for a change. The first mile is the ONLY FLAT section of the course and I knew that my pace would naturally slow down – especially since I hadn’t run this fast in months.
We entered the park and were greeted by the rolling hills of the northwestern section and then the lengthy downhill portion of the Harlem Hills. Miles 2 and 3 were great – and I was excited to see that I was maintaining a 7:45 pace through mile 3. I felt awesome.
Mile 4 (8:15) was the toughest (and slowest) mile for me – it included the uphill portion of the Harlem Hills and the northeastern part of the park. I’ve spent most of the last 4-5 months running on the pancake flat Staten Island Boardwalk, so I was beginning to feel the effects of the hills.
Once I was finished with the Harlem Hills and had recovered a bit, I settled back into sub-8 pace for the remainder of the race. Miles 5 and 6 (and the final .2) were 7:55, 7:53, 7:55, respectively.
Mile 1: 7:30
Mile 2: 7:45
Mile 3: 7:45
Mile 4: 8:15
Mile 5: 7:55
Mile 6: 7:53
Mile 6.2: 1:35 (7:55 pace)
Finish Time: 48:43
Average Pace: 7:51
Overall Place: 552 out of 6,122
Age Group: 158 out of 1,416
It was a great “racing” day for me. I never felt pregnant – I had no pains or aches that could be associated with pregnancy. And although I was running faster than I have been, I was never completely out of breath or pushing too hard. This was my first time running a female-only race – and I have to say, I was surprised by how much fun it was! I loved looking around at the start line and just seeing female and especially enjoyed having all of the male support cheering along the course. I definitely plan to do another female-only race again soon!!
One of the best parts of the morning was getting to see and catch up with so many runners that I’ve been chatting with on Twitter. However, my brunch plans had to be cancelled at the last minute because I needed to find a few things for my son to wear to my sister’s wedding on Sunday!
Sunday morning was another early start – my sisters and I were getting our makeup / hair done for the 11am ceremony and the two women getting us “ready” arrived at my sister’s home at 6am! I was EXHAUSTED from staying up late on Saturday night – my younger sisters and I all slept over my older sister’s home (who was the bride) and helped with last-minute wedding preparations until midnight (midnight, for me, is extremely late!)
The wedding was A-MAZING. Simple. Elegant. Romantic. It was a fabulous day spent with family and friends!
Thank you to my cousin, Diane, for all of these AWESOME pictures from the day!
Have you run a female only race before?? Did you see/feel a difference? Did you enjoy it?
Do anything fun this weekend?