Saturday, October 10, 2015

That Time I Had To Skip Rock n Roll Brooklyn

Thursday night my friend Dave tagged me on Facebook to let me know that his parking reservation had been cancelled and to beware that mine might as well. I didn't get an email so i thought that maybe they overbooked and I squeaked by. Friday afternoon I panicked a little and called them. Sure enough, the day before the race, I had no parking. I found the closest available and found that I would have a 35 minute walk to the race, at least. In the dark. In Brooklyn. Alone. Oh joy. In order to get there, park, walk.tonthe bib pickup, and start by 7, I would have to get up by 3:30 in the morning. Omg.
When the hubs found out, he freaked and basically begged me not to go. Since my foot is just healing and I've done 4 miles at the most since recovering, I decided to stay home.
Luckily, there was a 5k race just 3 miles from my front door. I got up at 6:30 and rode my bike there.

Because they had to postpone due to Joaquin, I got to pay the regular fee instead of the race day fee. Score.
I watched the Littles do the one mile fun run, and the it was time to line up. It was basically a hilly out and back, so I went into it with a realistic goal of 36 minutes, and hoping it would be under 38 at the most. I left my watch at home so that I wouldn't push myself harder than necessary, but I did turn on my Nike app and left my phone in my Running Buddy so that I wouldn't be tempted to peek at it.
It felt hard from the start, it was damp and cold and it seemed like everyone was in front of me. It was disheartening, but I decided to focus on my music, and try and pick off one runner at a time.
First was a run/walker who kept zipping in front of me with such speed! I soon noticed, though, that she was stopping closer and closer to me and soon I passed her for good. Next was a pair of runners that started out running, but started to take walking breaks around mile 2. After some leap frogging, I passed them as well. I passed a few more before we hit the final turn back into the park where we started. 
I was so excited to see that my time was 35:36 and I met my goal. Then I checked the app and found that the course was long and my actual 5k time was 34:03. Ecstatic! I filled out my card and dropped it into my age group basket, seeing that there seemed to be 3 cards ahead of me. Figures.
I always try and stay for the awards though, so that I can cheer everyone on. I was shocked when they called my name for 3rd place in my age group!

I think I might sleep with that medal! It's my first ever Age Group medal! I'm still bummed that I missed Brooklyn but it wasn't such a bad change to the day. 

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, that sucks. :( I can't believe that parking reservations would be cancelled like that -- ridiculous! But congrats on the AG award! :)