Race: # 310
Name: Alley Pond 5-Miler
Location / Date: Oakland Gardens, NY Sun. April 30th, 2017 @ 9:30am
Weather: Cloudy, 65F, 43% Winds 10mph ENE
It wasn't until I finished my long and arduous 14+ mile run yesterday afternoon, that Karen had decided she was not going to do the More Half Marathon. Citing, not being prepared and also having to wake up so early (5am) and having us get the kids up, she felt it was just not in the cards. I couldn't agree more. I did not want her to hurt herself, and frankly I was exhausted from a mild case of sun poisoning (too much sun during my run yesterday. My shoulders and back were like a lobster).
"I think I am going to do the Alley Pond 5 mile run instead" she told me.
And then, my capitalist mind kicked into gear. I wanted to run that as well, figuring that I might see some folks there and wanted to all run as well.
But was I just going crazy?
I was beyond exhausted, and couldn't even stay up past 9pm last night. And as it was the slightest coolness of the A/C in our room had given me the shivers. My body temperature was completely deregulated. And let's not forget....no one should do a race....the day after running 14.5 miles!
But, in being committed to push myself to lose weight and get into better shape for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, I didn't want to throw away any opportunity that I could get a hold of.
Although it was just a slight chance of it, I reached out to my friend Jack. Jack used to be the Forest Park Road Runners Club President for over 10 years, and while I was joined with them, back when I lived with Ileana in Kew Gardens.
Jack immediately came back advising me that his girlfriend Lynn, was going to be there to cheer him on and would be more than happy to watch the kids for me. This is amazing!
Now all I had to do was not collapse on the race course. LOL.
I hadn't done the Alley Pond 5 Mile Challenge in 5 years. That year I finished my age group in 4th place. 2 years earlier, I had come in 3rd place.
The course this year was different. Actually it had been different for a few years now. The entire course was run within the park itself. Sources at the Alley Pond Striders told me that it was due to the rising costs that the NYPD wanted to charge for keeping the streets clear of vehicles during the race. APS is not a huge club, and as such, they didn't want to raise the cost of the entry fee to subsidize the police. It would have deterred runners from doing the race, and I totally agree with their philosophy on this. Plus, it was much nicer to have the entire race wholly within the park grounds.
And hillier too!
Wow. Those hills throughout the park really kicked my ass in. While I tried mightily to keep up with the pace I had started with, I faltered several times, and my pace, which had started at just over 8 MPM (minutes per mile) just kept rising and rising until the last half mile or so. I didn't expect to do so well, but when I looked at the website results, I was shocked to see that I had come in 3rd place. Wow. I couldn't believe it! I ran back to my car, put my cape on, came back and accepted the award in my full Machine regalia!
The race was brutal though. It took quite a bit out of me due to the sunburn/poisoning and extremely long run less than 24 hours earlier.
I should have never done the race, but I did it and survived. And Medalled too! Another story for my legacy to provide to my future family tree, I suppose :)
In other news: Karen came in 2nd place in her age group! WOW!
And she also won a raffle too.
We stayed in the park for a couple of hours after the race ended to let the kids play.
DISTANCE: 5 MILES
PACE: 8:41 PR/MILE
OVERALL: 50/153 - Top 32.7%
GENDER: 36/83 - Top 43.4%
AGE (50-54): 3/8 - Top 37.5%
POWER RANK: 189.45 (GOOD)
|Part of the sunburn that I had to run with the next day.|
|Wilson Alvarez. First race in 6 months. And he medals. I want to be like him when I grow up!|
|My old and very friendly Forest Park Road Runner team!|
|Karen collects medal for 2nd place. She only missed 1st place (and trophy) by just 10 minutes. ONLY.|
|Cape ON! Machine ON!|
|Karen and her future little runner!|
|Tom & Wilson. Two great runners!|
|More friends from FPRR. Can't say enough about Lynn. Thanks for watching our kiddies!|
|A family that runs, is a family with fun!|
|Tom and I were the 1-2 lethal punch to other Queens teams back in the day!|
|Mommy & Daddy's Little Girl!|
|Closeup of the FPRR Bunch!|
Machine collects more metal, err medal.