My last race as a 24-year old
This 10km was probably my most spontaneous action of the year, thus far. (sort of anti-climactic…) Knowing that I would be out of town for business for the majority of the week, my opportunity to effectively run a hard tempo/threshold type workout was slim. I decided to run the NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10km race in Central Park, NY. This is New York Road Runner’s annual “first-race-of-the-year”, and that applied to myself as well.
Race conditions on race morning were perfect. Here’s what NYRR recorded:
“Weather: 41degrees, 76% humidity, E 10 mph wind”
The race started at 8am near the East 102nd street transverse going in an anti-clockwise direction. We did a full loop of Central Park, passed the start line and finished on the 102nd street transverse.
I had mile splits turned off my watch so the only data I could come up with was from the actual 10km split. According to WKO4, the run pace was consistent throughout. Cadence fell slightly during the climbs up Harlem and Cat Hills (mile 1 & 5), and heart rate gradually rose (and dipped a few bpm on the down sections of the rolling hills). Attached is a colorful graph exported from WKO4 with some data smoothing.
Although I don’t have mile splits, I recall seeing my 5km split at 17:48, which means that I negative splitted the second half of the race. Thank you to CPTC-NB for the cheering out on course! I really enjoyed the race, and it felt amazing to start 2016 with a personal best 10km time of 35:27.
Full results can be found here
Next up is the Los Angeles Marathon on February 14th!
Thanks for reading! – Anthony
P.S. – I didn’t get a chance to take photos, but if I stumble upon some race pics, I’ll be updating this blog with some more visual content. Until then, enjoy the graph!
Update: Found a couple of snapshots, courtesy of NYRR.