Name: Scotland Run
Date/Time: Saturday, April 7 at 8am
Location: Central Park
Length: 6.2 miles
Bib Number: 9955
Official Time: 1:19:14
Average Time per Mile: 12:47
The Scotland Run was challenging, but an overall success. It also happened to be the day before Easter and my parents were in town for it. Very exciting stuff!!
|Me and my chocolate runner Easter bunny :)|
|Classic pre-race picture|
Due to various issues, I got to the race a little later than usual. I had very little time to use the restroom and get to my corral before the race started. I didn't end up making it into my corral so I started near the very back of the pack. Mom and Dad were near the start and got a couple of great pictures there.
|And they're off.....|
|Just as I began the race...|
The race was a full loop in Central Park. I think I had only ever run that one other time so I wasn't really prepared for what I was about to endure, but I pushed through it anyway. The race began on the west side of the park so we had several hills at the front of the course. I'll just say I was pretty exhausted by the time I hit mile 3. Not good. I did manage to keep all my miles (except mile 3) under the 13 minute mark which was a success. Mile 3 was just barely over...maybe 10 seconds. I was a little disappointed by that, but it made me push harder to make sure my final 3 miles were at a better pace. The best part of the race was a bagpipe player at every mile marker. It was such a relief when I could begin to hear the sounds of that bagpipe. I pretty much employed the same strategy I used in Race #2, but this one was a couple miles longer and that ended up making a HUGE difference in how I felt on the course. Mom was able to snap a few pictures as I neared the finish. I was looking for Mom and Dad, but never did see them. They saw me though...
|My face pretty much sums up how I was feeling after 6.2 miles in the park...|
|Crossing the finish line....so exhausted!!|
Overall, the race was a good one. I am glad to have another one down, but still have a ways to go to get my pace closer to my goal of 11:30 by the end of the summer. With some hard work, determination, and will power, I know that I will get there eventually.
|Post-race picture...after I finally found Mom and Dad...|
|Yay for Scotland! :)|