06
Feb
11

2011 NYRR Gridiron 4M

It still is taking a little bit of getting used to running again. Last year at this time I put in a 60 mile week. Right now I’m lucky to hit 20, but it’s a start, right?

Today is the first time I did an actual race since I started running again. Yes, I realize that I ran the Jingle Jog back in December, but I was more doing that for the swag and the fun of running Prospect Park. Today was a chance to run and show my Stillers pride. I couldn’t pass it up.

However, even getting to the race was treacherous. The rain yesterday combined with temperatures hovering around freezing and New York’s penchant for not clearing walking paths meant that every step on the way to the train and the starting line was potential disaster. Prior to the race I did some scouting on the first mile and a half of the course. Ice abounded. There would be no records broken in Central Park this morning.

The race started as expected. The first mile of these races is always slow because it’s nearly impossible to get going in a heavy crowd. I didn’t have a goal, but mentally I told myself I’d be fine with 8min/mile pace for the race. About 3/4 of a mile into the race I hit black ice. The Road Runners tried really hard to keep the path clean, but to take care of everything they’d need to salt the entire course. My right leg went to kick off and slipped out from under me. I didn’t fall but the shock certainly made me lose focus.

I can say that I gave this race nearly all that I had to give. By the start of the fourth mile I was severely hurting. I was out of breath and it was sheer will that took me through the end of the race. I was also absolutely parched. However the ice on the path caused me to shy as far away from the water stations as possible, that just wasn’t a risk I wanted to take.

I held a pretty constant pace for the entire race. This despite the fact that I felt like I was lagging near the end.

My final time was 31:30, for a pace of 7:52. That still is 30 seconds slower than I was running 4M races last year. But the important thing is that I didn’t hurt as a result of running. In that context, this race was a wonderful success.

Official Results from the 2011 NYRR Gridiron 4M

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