Hello World, we’re back to running in New York City with New York Road Runner. I qualified early for 9+1, the automatic entry for next year marathon, NYC 2016, so I’m not racing too much this Autumn.
I ran the Bronx 10 mile with Evelyne and Elisabeth. I picked up the bibs Friday afternoon after work, at 18:00 at NYRR house on 9 East, 89th Street, near 5th Avenue and the Guggenheim Museum. Nice walk in Upper East side from 86th street subway, which I take at Grand Central near my office.
The technical T-shirt are really nice with women and men size. I’m now down to M size men (very proud of this achievement) and the green T-Shirt is very well made, a keeper.
After a selfie in front of the Museum, I headed back Mid Town West, Hell’s Kitchen for the week end !
We prepared our bibs on Saturday night and we prepared our bags. As I’ve a pair very large blisters (see Omaha race report, to be publish soon), I took my sandals, my glasses and a T-shirt change.
Up at 6:30 a.m. this morning. Lots of tapping and gliding for me as I’m subject to shafing in many places 😉 A quick light breakfast and we left our place with long sleeves T-Shirts and vests as the temperature was a bit lower than advertised.
With a quick taxi run to Grand Central, we took the #4 to Yankees Stadium at 7:23 in GC. On that day and time, it is the runner train. Lots of runners and some tired workers returning home after a night shift.
As soon as the train exited the tunnels, we arrived near the very impressive Yankees Stadium. We walked up to the Grand Concourse which was blocked partially up to 207 street or Mosholu Parkway. We went through the usual security for the bags and then lined up with few minutes to spare. We crossed the departure line 13 minutes after the gun. A lot of people came as this is a qualifier for the NY Half Marathon (If you do 4 out 6 races in the 5 boroughs or the NYC 1/2, you automatically qualify for next year NYC 1/2). With Manhattan in January, Queens in June, Bronx in September and next month Staten Island, plus NYC 1/2, I will finish at 5/6. We missed the fun of Brooklyn Half but we qualified automatically for next year as we volunteered this year.
The race went OK. I ran with Evelyne and started a bit fast at 7:20 per kilometer. We settled at 7:45 and really enjoyed the area. The return was overall downhill, which was quite welcome.
We finished officially in 2:08:38, much faster than anticipated but proving that we reached a good level of fitness.
Overall, 9,349 runners, 4,938 men and 4,411 women. I finished 4,833rd just ahead of 105 men. Evelyne finished 4,096th, ahead of 215 women. Well done ! Just one week after a full marathon 😉
Elisabeth was waiting of us near the bags area as she finished in less than two hours, recovering well from her first official half last week in Omaha.
Overall, the organization was great as usual, with musicians, lots of water stations, good bagels and great volunteers. and a very nice medal !
Back home at 11:30, ready for a serious treat at Genuine Burger, one of the top burger place in Manhattan.