2011 Coogan’s Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K Race

Overall Time: 18:29
Pace: 5:56
Place: 189 of 5374
AG%: 69.8%

Weather: 50 Degrees, 89% Humidity, 7 mph winds, Rain
Start time: 9:00

Splits: 5:55, 5:52, 5:56 (+ some change for the .1 mi)

Well, I’ve finally done it : I’ve finally gone sub-6 pace at an NYRR race. I knew it was long overdue for me to finally break 6-minute pace, except that my race season was cut short last year due to injury and I had done no speedwork since August. Given those conditions, it was a little surprising (and incredibly satisfying!) that I managed to both PR and go sub-6.

I ran almost the entire race alone. It was so crowded at the start that I didn’t see anyone that I knew. Also I wasn’t wearing my FRNY garb, so a lot of Front Runner friends probably didn’t notice me until after the race was over.

The details of the race itself are pretty boring. It’s just a 5K, so I just went out a sub-6 pace and tried to hold on. And by the time 3.10685596 miles had gone by, that’s exactly what I did. There was light rain, which was helpful to keep me cool. Everyone complains about the hills at Coogan’s, but to be honest they didn’t seem to bother me at all.

I’m going to try and use this little victory to motivate me for my bigger goals in the year: putting in a hell of a half marathon (1:22?), and then attempting to break 3 hours in my October marathon. It’s going to be a lot of work getting there, but anything worth having is worth fighting for.

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