A 15k race, for me, is a blast. Right when things start to really hurt, the race is over.
It was a tad chilly, but then again the Ted Corbitt is always chilly due to it being held in mid December. I met my friend Rachel at the start and we did a quick warm up before heading to our respective corrals.
I had no Garmin. I had no expectations. I was just going to run at what I thought was a ‘hard’ but comfortable race pace by feeling.
I was drifting off thinking to myself, “That woman did a lovely job with the National Anthem…” just as the gun went off.
It was super crowded and congested the first mile or two. There seemed to be a lot of speedsters out today. I later found out it was the last points race, so yes, quickest of the quick.
Somewhere around mile three, my pal Antonio popped up next to me! We run similar paces so we hung together for like 3-4 miles. It was great catching up with him. I asked him what his goal was and he simply said, “I don’t know… break an hour?” I thought to myself, ‘Yea, that would be cool for sure.’
We saw Abbe, Jeff and Maura running in the opposite direction and gave a wave.
I was slowing up a little and told Antonio to go ahead. I then passed and tried to encourage my friend and fellow teammate Daniel yelling, “Swing those arms!”
Approaching the finish I saw Josh, Randi, Chloe and a handful of other Gotham City Runners so I decided to ham it up for the camera.
I managed to break an hour after all!
Guess what is so crazy wild about my pace? It is the EXACT pace I am training at for the Paris Marathon!