Percy Sutton Harlem 5K

Is there seriously anything better than finishing a race that you met or exceeded your time goal for and feeling the runner’s high all day?! I really don’t think so. I even had to come right to work after and I’m STILL having a great day after!

One of the best parts of this race was that it was only 10 minutes or less from my apartment, directly off my subway line. I woke up at 6:00 A.M., laid in bed for another 30 minutes then got up, drank water and an iced soy espresso, foam rolled and was out the door. I got there a little too early for once in my life but enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous/perfect/amazing Saturday morning.



I got my bib and t-shirt and sat on the grass for awhile with an hour to kill. I ended up having to use the porta potties 3 FREAKING TIMES. The nerves, which I barely felt compared to my other races in the past, I guess did me in. It was absolutely disgusting (the porta potties, as they always are) and I hate having to use them but ya do what ya gotta do. I ate a small banana about 40 minutes before the start, did some warm up drills and jogged a little bit, then got into my corral.

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I look like complete poop but I was tired. Also, I will never be someone who has amazing hair that looks good in a pony tail. It drives me crazy. Anyways! Go time.

As usual, I spent the first mile weaving in and out of people who should have started in slower corrals. No offense since I’m not exactly speedy gonzalez but know your speed and understand that people who are faster don’t want to waste time trying to get around you. The first mile was also really, really hilly. I did great on those because I train in Central Park, so I was able to get up and around a bunch of people and settle into my “groove”. Wearing my heart rate monitor, I had planned to keep it between 160-170 and figured that would bring me somewhere under a 10 minute mile for the shape I’m in right now. Um, no. The hills, hotness, direct sunlight, and nerves had my heart rate almost never below 170! It felt uncomfortable but not AWFUL so I never really slowed down. I looked at my RunKeeper app a few times and somewhere around 2.5 miles I realized I could go sub-30 minutes which was my goal. My heart rate was already 180 something or I think I could have sprinted and got it closer to 29 minutes, but I was SO happy with coming in at 9:40 average pace miles!

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The race was great. The course was beautiful and I never knew Harlem was so gorgeous and historical looking! My left leg didn’t bother me during the race at all, but I’ve been in pain all day with my hip down. I’m going to ice, foam roll and compression again tonight and aim for 7 miles tomorrow morning, super slow, before ALLIE comes to spend the day with me!! Tonight John’s taking me out for Thai food to celebrate followed by froyo, so this is basically the greatest weekend ever. 🙂

Hope you are having an amazing weekend! Have you ever ran a 5K?