Over the weekend I ran the NYRR Run as One 4 miler, and this one was especially fun. (Insert sarcasm here).
In all of the years this race has been running, this Saturday’s was the first time it rained. And I’m not talking sprinkles! It poured. Despite the moist conditions I still headed out there and got it done with thousands of other runners.
I woke up around 6am and saw it was still kind of dark and that the rain was pretty consistent. I was dressed and ready to go by 7 but the whole time I thought about staying home. I convinced myself to head out the door at about 7:45 and the official race start time was at 8:30. I didn’t want to be hanging around too long before the start, which was perfect because I got there right on time.
I got to Central park at about 8:15 and went straight to my corral. I brought an umbrella so I wouldn’t be too soaked before we started, and I’m glad I did so. It was only 4 miles, but no one really likes to run soaked (or is it just me?). I did a little warm up and soon after we heard the anthem and the first horn blew. There were three waves, I was in the third so by the time I hit the start line it was already 8:45. I ditched the umbrella and took off.
I kept a steady pace and the rain actually subsided. I stopped to the side for a second at mile 2 to fix my sneaker and kept moving the rest of the way. I had to take my jacket off as well because I was super warm. It was still in the sixties temp wise so at least we had that working in our favor. Up and down the hills in Central park, I was able to maintain my pace and managed not to jump into any huge puddles. It’s been a while since I’ve ran a NYRR race.
Even though many of the races are in the park and I get tired of the same scenery, we are pretty spoiled by NYRR! Everything was organized and the people were still out there supporting. I felt the love out there and this is what I missed about the run community. I’m glad I got out there on Saturday for this race despite the damp conditions.
So if it’s not obvious… I’ll be doing 8 more qualifiers to qualify for the New York City Marathon next year. Although I said I didn’t want to do another full EVER, it’s the 50th anniversary and I want to take part. Stick around for next weeks recap for the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K!
feature image // stats via NYRR