This morning, I ran the NYRR New Balance Bronx 10 Mile race.
This race, for me, was particularly nerve-racking due to the setback that I had with my foot injury a few weeks ago. Somehow, I managed to run one of my best races in years.
I finished 10 miles with a time of 1:19:49.
Again, I did not feel mentally or physically prepared leading up to it.
To backtrack, my weekend wasn’t off to greatest start. On Friday night, I had a stomach bug and was in bed by 9PM. The following day, I went for a short 2 mile warm up run in the morning, walked around the city all day, then hung out with my sister and a friend at night. When it came time to go to bed, I couldn’t get my head in a pre-race mentality. I ended up tossing and turning for hours and probably didn’t sleep until around 2AM (maybe even 3AM).
A few hours later, it was time to wake up. My first alarm went off at 5AM on the dot.
My sister and I left around 6AM and faced, what could have been, one of the worst journeys to a race that I have ever gone through.
The trains took forever, I had to pee entire time, and we thought we were going to be late.
Fortunately, we arrived with enough time for me to go to the bathroom, warm up, and even calm my nerves.
When the race finally started, my corral moseyed through the start line and we were finally off. The sun was shining and it was perfect race conditions with enough shade from the buildings surrounding to keep everyone from getting overheated.
My first mile was fairly quick and I only sped up from there. It wasn’t until mile 8 that I felt my speed impacting me.
The course was relatively flat with some slight elevation, but not overwhelming. It was my first time running this race and running in this particular part of New York, so I had no idea what to expect (even though they do provide you with the course info ahead of time).
The crowds were great and coming to mile 9 and 10 felt just like running during the New York City Marathon.
My sister was there to cheer me on right at the finish and I held my pace to get under 1:20, which was the unconscious goal that I placed in my head once I knew I was feeling good.
It was an amazing morning and a nice surprise. I honestly loved this race, not only because I was pleased with my performance, but the overall course, crowd, and distance. 10 miles is the perfect distance to know how much you can handle and know how to pace yourself properly. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested at trying their hand at a longer distance race.