Where: Central Park, New York City
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013
What: 9 loops + some, around the Central Park inner loop (about 4 miles)
Logistics: First off, I decided to do this race the Monday of race-week. I was searching around runningintheusa.com for an ultra that coming weekend or the one after that. I found the NYRR 60K and decided that would be the race. It worked out well since Helena still has an apartment in NYC and it’s a road ultramarathon, much like the Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic, which is what I was getting ready for. So, I booked a flight for Friday after work. Well, our plane to NYC was delayed and I don’t think I laid down for bed until about 1 AM. Luckily, Helena had already ordered my pre-race breakfast and some groceries, which were waiting for us at her building when we arrived. Needless to say though, I slept very little and woke up around 5 AM to have breakfast and get ready for the race.
Race: The race went very well and was not all that eventful. The weather turned out AMAZING. It was raining before the race started but cleared up almost immediately as we began running. It was in the mid-50’s for the entire race. I felt really good through about 30 miles and started to get a little tired on the last few loops. I credit my pacing and fueling for a great race. I held back a little to make sure I finish and wanted to save some in the tank for my 50 miler next month at the Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic. This one was a great success in my book for a first ultra.
OFFICIAL FINISHING TIME: 5:55:38