So on Saturday I ran a race…I decided not to go public with it beforehand, mainly because I didn’t know about it until about forty minutes before race time. I spotted this tweet from Baker and my interest was piqued:
I did some tweeting with Abbe and found out that Baker was hosting his Funtastic Four Miler in Central Park. Winner gets a bottle of wine and hugs. Count me in. But first, let’s talk about the warm up.
Early last week, Liz from Little Bitty Bakes emailed me and said she would be in town if I wanted to head out for a run, so we made plans for Saturday morning. We met over on the east side of the park and did about four miles together, chatting along about NYC and some races. (I tried to recruit her for the SF Marathon!) It was a pretty morning in the park, and it’s been awhile since I’ve ran with someone so it was good to be out there with a buddy. And always fun to meet blog friends!
We parted ways and I headed back to my UES apartment, but not before adding on a few miles on the East River. On my way out, I saw the girls from Girls on the Run heading over for their 5k, so on my way back I kept my eyes peeled since I figured Jess would be out there. She actually spotted me and yelled, “It’s susanruns!!” at me. Thank you, twitter handles.
I made it back to my apartment and started brewing some coffee, so glad to be done running. I’m still a little tired in general and even though I didn’t used to bat an eye at a ten mile run, it takes a lot more out of me these days.
Saturday, December 10
10.2 miles in 1:21:43, avg pace of 8:01
As I sipped my coffee and dreamed about a shower, I checked Twitter and found out about Baker’s Funtastic Four Miler. (For those of you who don’t click over to his blog, Abbe was going to run the Jingle Bell Jog in Prospect Park, but didn’t want to head over to Brooklyn. So Baker offered to time her in the park. Watch out, NYRR, the New York Rogue Runners are coming after you. We have prizes!) After some tweeting with Abbe, I put down my coffee and headed out for my second run of the day.
The time? 9:40. Yep, runners are totally normal people.
I jogged back over to Central Park and met up with Baker, Abbe, and Stephan at 72nd and East Drive. Baker handed us our bib numbers while we waiting for Elyssa and Bojana to join. After some bag check (in Baker’s backpack) and race instructions, we toed the line for the inaugural Baker’s Funtastic Four Miler. (Pictures compliments of Baker.)
We lined up and Baker yelled for us to start as he clicked start on his iPhone stopwatch. No chip timing here! Some runners gave us sideways looks as they eyed our bibs, others wished us luck. We took off up Cat Hill.
We ran together in a pack for a short bit before I headed off ahead. This is a RACE, friends! Who cares if I had a ten mile warm up, let’s go! So I did. My legs were a wee bit tired and I kind of missed my coffee. Not to mention I’d been running this route only about two hours before. Oops? Finished Cat Hill and headed across the 102nd Transverse over the west side. I knew the west side hills were waiting for me, so I mentally tried to hold pace and get up the hills…the downhill in the 70-80’s is quite nice, so just have to get back there!
It was funny to watch the runners who were coming at me. Anyone who runs in NYC knows what the NYRR bibs look like, and ours were a little bit different…I’m sure people were wondering what race was going on! I ended up passing a guy on the west side hills, and he yelled to me, “Nice pace! You’re going to win the marathon!” I turned and yelled back, “Well, this is a race…there’s five of us!” and showed him my bib. He responded, “Now there’s six…I’m banditing.” Hahah love it.
I finished flying down the hills on the west side and back across the 72nd Transverse where Baker was waiting to click his watch with a finish of 28:56…marking my first race win EVER! Victory is so sweet.
Baker’s Funtastic Four Miler
4 miles in 28:56, avg pace of 7:14
Mile Splits: 7:21, 7:03, 7:16, 6:52 (and 22 seconds in there somewhere…course was long per Garmin…haha)
As we waited for second place to show up, Ali came running up. We then proceeded to make a finish line power arch for the finishers to run through. Awesome, obviously. Final results are as follows, with a great showing by all:
1: Susan 28:56
2: Bojana 31:57
3: Abbe 32:56
4: Elyssa 32:58
5: Stephan 39:50
Once everyone finished (there was a fifty minute time limit, I checked before the race started), it was time for the award ceremony. The race director stood me on a podium (uhh…the curb) and presented me with my prize…wine!
Running poses are cool.
Then, I got what I really came for…hugs from Abbe!
Thanks to Baker for putting on the (first of many?) races! I’m pretty sure this will be my last for 2011, and it’s great to go out on a high note! Victory is awesome. Let me know if you want to be updated on future New York Rogue Runner Races…what could be better?