Greetings from Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.
We had a great weekend last week. My son flew in from Nebraska, so we were re united ! He came to recharge his battery to New York pulse !
We planned 6 months ago this race but we slightly overlooked two points: rain and heat.
It rained really hard during the night before the race and the race was delayed by 1 hour. With a start at 9:00, it gave us more time to reach the Queens Corona park. We took the 7th line from time square and we stepped out at the Mets stadium, next to the park.
We gave our bags and went on to line up at the back of the pack with Eve and Alex 13000ish numbers.
The departure is really scenic, we saw the Globe statue, the flying saucers and nice water fountains.
We cross the departure after 13 minutes, as usual as this race was very popular: it counted both for the 9+1 for NYC marathon 2016 and for the 5 boroughs 4 out of 6 for 2016 NYC Half.
We ran together for the first 1.5 miles then i ran with Alex till the end. We alternated run and walk as the temperature was quite high and the humidity very high. We went around a lake, followed various city highways while still in the park on un maintained roads. Looks like very few runners are using this park. I didn’t see many permanent water fountains. The @NYRR had large water sections every miles and we drank and used the fresh water to cool down our necks and heads.
We passed the Queens Museum then went North past the Tennis stadium where the US Open is played every summer. Looks like the main stadium will receive a cover for the next edition.
Then we went up to the Mets Baseball stadium entrance. We came back on a spur to the Queens Museum then up a hill to the fantastic Globe statue, very nice piece of work. We saw in front of us the Indian and Pacific Ocean, with our previous cities of residence, Hong Kong and Tokyo !
We finished conservatively Alex first 10K in a sub 1:28 time. We got a nice medal, pretzels and an apple.
I am a big fan of the Cinnamon Raisin Bagel for the post race recovery! Too Bad !
We got the mandatory picture taken by a nice Japanese gentleman. I then put on my dry Namban Rengo black shirt to head back home slowly on the 7 train. Direct to Times Square and 10 minutes from our Hell’s Kitchen hideout 😉
A great curry was waiting for us to recover form our efforts. Thank you Evelyne.