|This weekend was my first individual race of the year. I did the 4 mile Race for Colon Cancer in Central Park. The weather has been warm for the last few days, but there was a prediction of rain for today, with the possibility of thundershowers. Ooh, fun, I just *so* love running wet.
I had to get up at 5am in order to take care of the dog and eat a little breakfast and still have enough time to ride the subway into the city. Fortunately, there was no rain and I was hoping it would hold off until after the race. I had made plans to meet Chelly at the transverse into the park at 7:15. Start time for the race was 8am and the instructions were a little confusing as to exactly where the start and end of the race was going to be. We had bags and stuff to leave at the finish line and it looked like we would have to walk across the park from there to the start. It didn't turn out to be that far, so we had plenty of time to shed jackets and check our bags.
As usual, the start was jam packed and I didn't cross the start line until almost 2 minutes after the gun went off. Once we were moving, I waved bye to Chelly and took off. By now we were getting some rain, but it wasn't too bad. I thought it felt like a wonderful day for a run. I managed to catch some splits: first 1:01 mile - 9:44, next 1:00 mile - 9:06 (wow!), next 1:06 - 9:49 and then, of course, I forgot to stop the watch and caught the last 1:07 mile in 9:47. My official time was 39:17 with a chip time of 37:04. That was the second fastest race pace I've ever run and is my new personal best for the 4 mile distance. I think I impressed myself :-)
I grabbed my camera after I finished and caught Chelly when she was finishing, so here's a few photos -