This was my first race with the New York Road Runners, and it was a great experience! I went to their new HQ in Columbus Circle to pick up my bib and t-shirt the Thursday before the race. It was a fast and seamless experience; the facility was also fun to explore. I particularly liked the display with each NY Marathon medal from the past forty years.
This was the first race of 2017 and it was certainly cold! About twenty degree with light flurries the duration of the race. Thankfully not too windy. I decided to play it safe and wore a thermal base layer, long sleeved shirt and heavy running jacket with a neck warmer. I’m glad I did as I didn’t fully warm up until roughly mile two. It’s good the race was early because it started to really snow around 9 AM.
The start of the race was easy to get to, just inside Central Park on 102nd and 5th Ave. 4,000 people turned out for the 10k.
The course consisted of one loop around Central Park. I love running the loop here, it has great rolling hills. It is not the fastest course in the world, but will certainly leave you feeling satisfied. Every mile was clearly marked with a clock, mile marker and water stops.
It was great finishing the course downhill, that always leaves me feeling good. Despite the cold weather and snow I actually did quite well. I ran 8:23 miles for a finishing time of 52:03. There was one point around mile three that I cramped up a bit, but other than that I felt strong. I was excited to see my 5k split was slower than my finish time.
I will probably do this one next year! My next race is going to be the Fred Lebow Half Marathon on January 22nd. Fingers crossed for slightly warmer weather!