Driving out to Hecksher State Park was uneventful 'cept for the traffic just getting onto the Long Island Expressway, Once there, we learned that the race had been shortened from the original 5 miler due to poor air quality. Poor air quality in NY? What a surprise!
As this was a circular race course (see photo above) I had been hoping the nice tailwind we had during the first mile would come back for the end. A very flat course, with over 2,000 people running it. I lined up after the 7 minute milers close to the 8 minute marker. I ran hard out the first mile, posting a 7:30 something, and had to slow down for mile two to make sure I had some gas left in the tank to post a good strong sprint.
The heat was pretty bad. There were no clouds in sight. Fortunately, the 7pm start had the sun at our backs, so that by the time we passed Mile 1, it was a little further down the horizon as we turned to face it.
For my musical playlist I decided I wanted to throw down to some throw backs, and decided to go with the often offensive, often impressive rap group from the Nineties, called 'Public Enemy'.
I dug hard the last quarter of a mile or so, finishing up the grass, with my tongue, inches out and flailing like some thirsty bulldog. What do you expect when you do a sub-8 in 88 degree weather?
I walked back to the camp area after the race, got my beers, and found a park bench to sit down on. The Garmin watch had auto-updated its software, and I was having trouble finding my lap time.
Eric Miller, my colleague also did well too. We were both spent.
I was absolutely getting eaten alive by gnats now. Damn fucking gnats!
I went back to my car, had my little post-race snacks and drove home. Too tired to do much of anything, I just relaxed on the couch and watched Banshee.....until I noticed I was about 1000 steps shy of 20k. 'That's unacceptable!', I thought. I needed to break that threshold. So into the basement I went, to finish off my steps on the dreadmill.
And now....How did I exactly do?
Well let's start with the bio's
What was the net result of all of this you ask?????
My next race is a New York Road Runners' 5-boro Grand Prix race, the Queens 10k, on Saturday, followed by yet another Long Island State Park Summer Series race on Monday. Both are 10k's and both are brutal (especially the latter one where there is a 200 foot hill made of sand. BRING IT THE FUCK ON!)
Lastly, if you take a look at my Boston (Race #314,) you will finally see the photographic evidence showing how I was robbed!!!