Wow, what an odd race. First, its the same 6 mile loop as the Scotland Run last month - start on the west side at 62d, run the loop, and finish on about 68th street. The weather was misty, foggy and mild (in 60's I am guessing). The tops of the buildings around Central Park were shrouded in fog. I picked up my number, and it was in the 3000's. What the heck ? I have finished recent races in top 1500 or so and yet my number keeps getting bigger -- thus I keep moving back in the corrals. That means a slower race group, more people to dodge, and harder to get a fast pace. Not a good sign for a PR. I was shooting for 7:30 miles. Right as we started, I felt a couple of rain drops. By the end of the first mile, a full fledged downpour. Not as constant as Scotland run, but this was much harder rain. Mile 1 was good 7:27. Mile 2 is uphill and in middle of driving rain, 7:01. Wow - that's the fastest mile I've ever run in a race, and my heart rate shows it - average 172 Better slow down. Mile 2-3 is down Harlem Hill to East side. Easiest mile in the race. 7:04, but average HR 174. Just as in the Scotland Run, my Garmin had the course mile marker for the third mile as significantly too long -- by about 30 yards or so. (My split time is on Garmin, not the course, so it is the true mile per Garmin. As per the course, I bet my third mile was 7:25 or so.) Also ran through the 5K split in about 24 minutes (gun time, and my net time was about 1:30 behind gun), so I am on pace for sub 47:00 or so. But Mile 3 to 4 is the hard one. Up two big hills, and I did it in 7:55. But I feel bad. Really bad, and my HR is up to 178, which is 94% of max. Uh oh.
Now, though, all I gotta do is cruise home with 7:30 miles and I have my 47 minute goal time. It had stopped raining, but my glasses are completely fogged up - despite my rigorous application of Speedo no fogger last night. (I am going to write another review of anti fogger potions. In sum, none have worked for me.) Mile 5 was hard. 7:31, with average HR 178. In Mile 6, I really slowed down 8:18, average HR 174. Goodbye 47 minute time. The stub mile of 0.32 miles was 2:32 (7:56 pace), average HR 178. Final time: 47:45. Garmin had run at 6.32 miles for average pace of 7:33 per mile. I wanted to average 7:30, so not bad, and definitely a fast time for me. Nearly 2 minutes faster than my time in the Scotland Run, which was a month earlier.
Well, I just looked up my Final Age Graded Time as per NYRR: 59.9. I barely missed my goal of 60! I am sure though if you add in the extra distance I ran (the 6.32 vs. 6.2 miles NYRR has the race), I had a 60. But that doesn't count. And I will have to look up what 6.32 miles at 47:45 produces for a VDOT and predicted marathon time.
Definite progress, and first time I have pushed myself that hard.