Oh, not a pretty picture! This is the finish of New York Road Runner’s Coogan’s 5k. It is a very hilly out and back 5k, and on this day it was barely 30 degrees. I still do not think it was 30 as reported with 10 mph winds. I think it was about 15. I had anxiety for days because this was the first team points race of the year, we had been pounding ourselves to the ground with indoor track workouts and now was the test to see if it all worked. Or at least that is how I thought after my last 12 x 400.
Statistically, I place 19th out of 196 in my age group, I placed 5th for our team, 1st in the masters, which is important because being a points race it is all the NYC teams competing against each other and they only score the first 5 runners. There were 4703 runner in the race and it was crowded, I was very discouraged in the beginning because I could not navigate though all the slower runners. The course is difficult, it is all hills, up and down the entire race, more hills than even the Van Cortland X-C course. But I missed my goal time, I PR’d by 20 seconds over my X-C time so I am still not sure that counts, but was almost 40 seconds shy of my goal. That is huge. So what does that say? My goal was too lofty, the course was too hard, I am not as fit as I could be? I was freezing my ass off. I basically ran my tempo run pace, but by the looks on my face I was not too happy and I have to chuckle because my teammate to the right looks as though she is dry heaving, perhaps she is, I will have to ask her later. That is the one true indication that I ran my all in a short race, a bit of constricting diaphragm and gagging at the end.I am glad this race is over.
My next race is less than a week away. It is March 14, the New York Road Runners 8000. I am more excited about this. I know the course well. I had never runs Coogans on the streets of Washingington Heights neighborhood. I think I will do better split wise in the 8K over the 5k. This time I am looking forward to it. I have rallied some new support structure and began a new strength workout that I am very excited about. All power and speed drills, I will tell you about that as it progresses.
In the meantime, Happy Running!