Valentine 5K

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn
12 February 2012
28:31 Finish, 5k PR

Two PRs in two weeks in a park that I could never imagine running fast…it’s a 2012 miracle.  I registered for the Valentine 5k on a whim, because I found out it was part of a race series and I was already registered for the other two races.  (If you run all three you get a bag.  I’m a sucker for schwag that isn’t a t-shirt.)

Race morning was COLD.  C-O-L-D.  The high (for NYC) winds meant windchills in the low teens and I didn’t even come close to getting warm until halfway through mile three.  At that point, what did it matter if I warmed up?  I just ran as fast as I could and beat my former 5k PR by four seconds.  Yeah, it’s not much, but when you’re me and you don’t train for speed, it’s a big deal.  lol Read More

Brrrooklyn Hot Chocolate 10K

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn
28 January 2012
58:50.02 Finish, 10k PR

This was an awesome race, and not just because I ran it faster than expected.

I’ve been looking for opportunity to run races that are NOT organized and hosted by New York Road Runners, so I’ve been paying attention to races posted on NYCRuns.com.  Steve Lastoe, who runs the site, also directed this race, which is part of a three-race series called the Freeze & Fuhgeddaboudit Series.  There were some problems with timing, mainly that the NYCRuns brand new timing system didn’t work, so the race was turned into a “fun run” at the start line.  No matter, because I was still going to race it!  Most everyone was running with GPS anyway and the small number of runners meant the finish line clock was nearly dead on. Read More