Yesterday I ran my second 10K, my first only being 3 week ago. And am proud to say that through the coldness I beat my time by about 45 seconds (not much but still faster!) with a time of 1:01:52. And I kept my pace just under 10 minutes at 9:58 (according to the results). I chose last minute to do the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series since I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through RUN10FEED10, but I did and I’m pretty glad I made the decision to go. Although there were things I liked and disliked, overall it was a great EARLY morning in Brooklyn.
|[Race day outfit. Pretty snazzy for 4:45 AM]|
The two major things I was not happy with were the parking and lack of how far you could hear music on the course. All the parking garages were full and I had to pull some pretty illegal moves to find a place to park and make it to my corral on time. I also assumed there would be speakers so I could hear music a little further than the 2 seconds it took to run past the music.
|[The starting line. It was early and dark and I own a Blackberry. Need I say more?]|
I loved the course. Prospect Park is a beautiful place and am sad I only discovered it today. The first mile had to be the quickest. For some reason I thought it was a great idea to sprint it. Let the record show, it was not a good idea. The 2nd and 3rd miles were fast and flat on the outside of the park which had many spectators cheering on the runners.
|[A pretty pond in the park]|
Then came the 4th mile, where I started to slow down. We went through the park where the sun was beating down, making being in long spandex and long sleeved shirt practically unbearable. But of course I sucked it up.
|[Thank god I took this picture and looked at it because I almost for got to put the tag on my shoe]|
The start of the 5th mile repeated the beginning part of the course. Which I must have forgotten included a HUGE hill. Second time around? Not as ambitious as that first mile. I swear I was going so slow I could have been walking, but I didn’t and pushed through and eventually it turned into a downhill.
|[Race village before the start]|
The last 1.2 miles were a piece of cake. It was quick and mainly flat/downhill. And when I saw that finish line you can bet I sprinted to it!
|[6.2 done and still lookin' pretty cute!]|
The race village was filled with goodies and sponsors. Although, with it being practically 40 degrees a cold beer and ice cream would not have been my first choice of things to serve. Coffee or hot chocolate anyone? All finishers also received a beautiful medal specifically designed for the New York race. Overall I would recommend this race. It was the perfect location and provided great entertainment.
|[Post race in the beer garden listening to the band]|
|[Another sponsor. Can't wait to use the samples.]|
|[A little brunch treat]|