Last Saturday my friend Lisa and I ran a 10K in Central Park. It’s called the Mini 10K. It’s an all women’s race that started back in 1972!

Sally & Lisa

Sally & Lisa

 

comfort-zone breakout: first time i wore a racerback style top

comfort-zone breakout: first time i wore a racerback style top

With about 5,500 runners, it was a nice mid-size field and for some reason I thought I wouldn’t have to “dodge and weave”. But it actually ended up to be extremely crowded the first mile. Only 3 minutes had elapsed from the time the first runner crossed the start until the last. And while I’m no speed demon, there were much slower runners that I found myself frustrated trying to get around. Needless to say I spent a wee bit too much energy there. But once we entered into Central Park the crowds thinned. Next challenge, the hills!!! Oh and with the humidity level at about 80%, my effort was much more just to keep a slower pace. Bottom line. I felt like I should have PR’ed based on effort. But the clock said 1:03. 4 minutes slower than my current PR. So that my friends is my little wisdom tidbit I’d like to share. You must not only respect the distance, but respect the course AND the weather. Let’s call it the holy trinity….If you acknowledge that a 6.2 mile hilly course on a humid day could possibly be harder to complete than a 26.2 flat marathon on a 50 degree dry day, then you’ll never be dissappointed.

The best part about the event were some of the spectators. Since this was an all women’s race there were lots of male runners spectating and cheering. One guy had a megaphone. He said “go ladies! looking strong. Don’t forget, this is the one time that a guy can’t screw up.” I giggled. Then came a guy holding a sign that said “I got your fluid station RIGHT HERE!” and there was an arrow pointing down to his “junk”. OMG I almost lost it. Funny sh-t!

Enjoy your weekend! Question: What’s the most unique sign that you have seen while running a race? 

 

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