NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football - Run4 Mile

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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
14F / -10C
Total Time = 39m 22s
Overall Rank = 3222/4473
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 465/465
Pre-race routine:

1194/1977 Overall Female

First alarm went off at 6:00, it continued to go off because someone continued to hit the snooze button. ;)

If I wansn't running with Mary, I so would have stayed in bed. Leave it to making those running commitments to get me out of bed. Finally got of bed at 7 and out the door by 7:15. Got into the city at 8:15, picked up my race number and shirt. No smalls again, so got an XL for John. Then made the mile walk down to the start.

I could have ran to the start. But I was cold! Walked over the portapotties looking for a mummy looking guy in acid green running sneakers. No go. :( Hopefully we can meet up next time Jonah! Called up Mary and met her at the 11 mile sign and lined up in the infinitely long coral. I was so happy when I called her that she was at the race. It was so cold out even I was somewhat deterred from showing up.
Event warmup:

Warmup? What warmup? The whole new corral system made any warmup nonexistent. We waited thirteen or so minutes from the gun time to get to the start. We were in the 6th coral. Before, you would line up by the pace you think you would run. Today, first come first serve, So even though congestion was someone alleviated, you were mix moshed with 6 milers and walkers within each coral. I could have imagined the headache if I was running my normal pace. Like, by the time I got through the bottlenecks in my corral, I'd be hitting the walkers in the next coral.
  • 39m 22s
  • 4 miles
  • 09m 50s  min/mile

Mile 1 - 9:51
Mile 2 - 9:37
Mile 3 - 10:07
Mile 4 - 9:45


Mile 1 & 2 were great. We kept our pace up even with the weaving in and out of the crowd. We could have gone out a bit slower, but I wanted to make sure we had some cushion time towards the end to make Mary's 40 minute goal. It was awesome though, we could still make the 40 minute time running a 10:15 pace the next two. Mile 3, we took a water break, and did a walk break for about 20 seconds. At that point I was starting to get worried. I really really wanted to get Mary to run her PR time.

So, at some point during the race, I decided to test out Bridget claim that checking out guys during the run would pass the time. Me and Mary both agree, there wasn't much to check out. ;) Maybe in Minnesota there are better pickins'. :)

Mile 4, we did a walk break for ten seconds. We were a quarter of the mile away with 2 minutes left to get Mary in under 40. Thankfully we heard the announcers and saw the finish. Karma also kicked in and played Eminem's Lose Yourself, that gave Mary the motivation to kick it in. Yeah! I had to catch up to her and she ran it in in 39:20.
She beat me by two seconds. :) I'll let it slide. ;)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I am ecstatic that we ran under 40. I dunno who would of been more upset, me or Mary.
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked through, dropped off Mary's chipped, passed on frozen bagels and apples and made it over to baggage. Gave Mary the cookies I made so had a celebratory cookie. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. This was a great run because I got to help someone achieve their goal.

Event comments:

Bless the volunteers who stood out in this cold. They were awesome! Getting out there and running is hard, but to just stand out there in the cold! They're much appreciated.

Last updated: 2006-12-16 12:00 AM
00:39:22 | 04 miles | 09m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 465/465
Overall: 3222/4473
Performance: Good
Course: Lower loop of Central park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3