Sunday, February 3, 2013
in some ways it was tougher to get up and into the city for the gridiron 4 miler this morning than it was for the manhattan half last weekend. it was 17 degrees when i left home and worked its way up to a toasty (if not humid) 25 degrees at the start (versus a windy 20 degrees at the half). but, it was only 4 miles and race number three for my 2013 nine plus one.
my only goal, besides crossing the finish line, was to run under 30 minutes. i didn't think that was too much of a stretch. but with a crowded first mile of just under 7:40, it suddenly didn't seem as reachable as i expected. then. with pair of 7:18s for miles two and three, i managed to finish in 29:52, just under an overall 7:30 pace :D
under the circumstances i was more than happy with that result. i'm also happy to have 3 points versus the 1 had last year at this time. i signed up for the gridiron last year, but had to skip the race to drive my daughter to brewster for field hockey that morning. even had i run it in 2012, it would only have been my second point. i probably won't get in another nyrr race until april - but another 4 miler is on deck for next weekend.
here are the race results from nyrr.