Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2011 Rock 'n' Roll New York 10k

Pushing myself at the end!
          To say that Saturday was an adventure is an understatement, but let's start at the beginning. Friday night I headed into the city to pick up my race packet. Unfortunately, the expo this time was not well organized, nor well prepared. I got my bib, but couldn't get a swag bag or t-shirt until after the race. I turned right around and got back on the train to hopefully meet M at home and carb load.
         We went to bed around 11pm and had a 4:45am wake up to make the train, however we missed the train. (That was my fault for not remembering the correct train time.) So, in order to make sure I got there for the start time, I would have to drive. In all my 23 years, I have never driven into Manhattan, nor do I plan on doing so. But, with the help of GPS, we made our way through Queens into Brooklyn, where the parking garages were full. We thought we were in an okay zone to park and were off to find a bathroom and the race start. (We came back to find a parking ticket on my pretty little car.)
        7am came and went. We should have been filed into our corrals by then, but nope. The disorganization continued. Finally, we were allowed in, and about 15 minutes after we were supposed to start, the gun went off.
         Luckily, based on my previous race time, I was in corral 2! So off I went. And I was doing pretty darn well. My first mile was 7:54, so I slowed down a bit. My second mile I hit 8:18, a little slower than I wanted, but I knew I could pick it up later. The third mile involved a very steep hill, so I ran at 8:28. Then, I pressed stop...on my watch. I didn't realize until about 3 minutes later, so I was off the rest of the race.
         The course was approximately two loops around the park. I kept trying to push through, but couldn't gauge when to pick up my pace. I wanted to walk at a couple points because my knee and hip started to hurt, but I didn't. I pushed myself, and I smiled a lot.
Almost to the finish and looking rough
         When I finally hit the 6 mile mark, I started to sprint, but it was too soon. And I almost puked. I slowed down to look for M. And I saw him!! This was the first time I passed by and made eye contact. I blew him a kiss and ran as fast as I could to the end. I watched the clock tick up to 53 minutes and pushed even harder. As soon as I crossed, I almost puked, but didn't. I stood up, grabbed water, and found M. 
           He gave me a kiss and helped me find the medical tent to get a little ice and Tylenol. I could tell he was tired and wasn't happy without his coffee.
Waiting in line for my t-shirt!
          Despite the ridiculous line for t-shirts and swag bags, he waited with me. (I paid enough money for this race, so I wanted my t-shirt.) I was also really excited because I knew I beat my last time already, I just wasn't sure if I had hit my goal. Per usual, M and I laughed our way through the line, and somehow managed to laugh on the 2 mile walk back to the car.

Under the sign on our long walk to the car
          After we got home, we napped and looked up my race time. Ready for it? 50:57! I PRed! My goal was to break 50 minutes, but I was super happy that I beat my previous time, by a significant amount.
          Would I run this race again? Maybe. Will I keep running 10ks? Yes! I'm already looking into one that's in November in my hometown. I mean, why not? As Christy said, it's too soon for my race season to be over this year.
         And thank you all to my fantastic blog friends for all the well wishes, good luck, and congratulations via Twitter, email, etc. I appreciate you all more than you know!

29 comments:

sherri lynn said...

What an adventure of a day! You had such a great time - and how rewarding to beat your last time by so much! I love the pictures of you pushing it at the end. And I'm so glad you stood in line for your shirt - you need to wear it proudly :)

Dayna Leigh said...

This is so awesome! I'm happy for you! It's great encouragement seeing you complete a 10K for me to complete another 5K. One day, I'll get up to a 10K. You'll have to give me some tips when that day finally comes!

amy b.s. said...

again congratulations! so cool!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

I love the pictures! Look at you do..you are a freakin' rock star!

You inspire me to keep running...maybe one day I'll move on to a 10k too! :)

Jess said...

Ahh this makes me miss running and want to do another race! (too bad I am not near as fast as you!)
Congrats on your PR!!

Marjorie said...

Congrats! I've always wanted to do a race, but I'm the worst runner. I have no stamina. I'm in awe of people that do!

J and A said...

Whoo hoo! Nice work! You look awesome! :)

Christina said...

Wow speedy lady! Nice work!!!

Ruthie Hart said...

I am so proud of my friend!!!! Run a few miles for me k??

Alisha said...

Congrets girly!! That is awesome. So proud of you. :) :)

Christy said...

Great job! That's such an awesome PR! Good for you! Hope to race with you soon!!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

yay!! you did it girl congrats!! so proud and get ready for the next race :-)

Amy said...

Congratulations!!! You inspire me.

Taryn said...

Awesome time :) congrats! Hopefully your next race is a bit more organised!

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Alexis @bloomedinjune said...

CONGRATS! i've never ran a marathon, but i definitely think it's very cool that you do :) and i think your time is GREAT! good job!

Claire said...

GO GIRL! you look so hardcore it's ridic

Megan said...

Woah, girl, you look so hardcore! I'm super impressed!!! Hooray for beating your last time!!!

Courtney B said...

Wow!! You are SO fast! I want to get up to your speed and strength someday :) You are amazing Amanda! So proud of you :)

Neon Blonde Runner said...

You are so fast, so proud of you. You look so strong there at the finish, nice work :)

Alida said...

wow...good for you!

BigAppleNosh said...

Congratulations!! :)

Natalie said...

I'm so glad you did your best time at this race and that you had fun doing it!

Krista said...

So proud of you for keeping strong, not only in the race but in all the obstacles you had that day!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the race!

little miss southern love. said...

good for you! You are so amazing. I don't know how you do it. You would be giving me CPR after mile one. hah.

xoxo.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! That's great that you broke the 50 minutes! I just signed up for the Rock and Roll DC - it's going to be rough, but I'm glad to see your happy finish!

ashley said...

Congratulations! Fabulous time!

♡ Beverly {Preppy Wife Preppy Life} said...

Awesome job Amanda!! You did so good!! Congrats on beating your previous time! Loved reading all about your race day! XOXO!