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November 6, 2011

Dash to the Finish Line 5k

Yesterday, I went for my first run since the Marine Corps Marathon and ran the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k.

I promise this recap won't be as long as my MCM recap.

This race was my 9th and final race to secure guaranteed entry into the 2012 New York City Marathon. I had been planning to go for an easy 2 mile run on Thursday but I was having some pretty serious pain in my knee all week after MCM that I skipped it.

On Friday night, I had resigned to the fact that I would probably have to walk the 5k since 1) my knee was hurting so badly and 2) I wasn't about to DNS my last 9+1 race.

The race started at the United Nations which was awesome. I was definitely happy to be starting a race in front of Dag Hammerskjold Plaza..talk about combining my two loves: running and international affairs. We ran down 1st Avenue past the UN to 42nd Street and then from  42nd Street to 6th Avenue where we made a right turn and entered Central Park East before turning left to run the lower part of the park before finishing at Tavern on the Green at the New York City Marathon Finish Line.

That's me with the black/neon green jacket around my waist approaching the NYC Marathon Finish Line!
When the gun went off, I started running. I wanted to see how my knee would hold up before I resorted to walking. My knee was definitely hurting and I started getting a strange pain in the bone right all in the first mile. I stopped for a second at Mile 2 to massage it and then I felt fine! I ran Mile 1 in 8:54 and evened out Miles 2 and 3 at 7:49 before crossing the Finish in 25:16...offshooting my PR by 7 seconds.
I was so excited. It wasn't a PR but hey, to run a 5k just one week after running a marathon and only missing my PR by 7 seconds? I was one happy girl!

The race itself was a lot of fun. I loved running alongside so many people from  around the world who were in town for the marathon and finishing at the Marathon Finish Line was pretty cool especially since this race was my guarantee that on this day next year, I'll be crossing that same finish line after running 26.2.

10 comments:

  1. nice job! Especially since you were having knee issues beforehand.

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  2. So glad your knee held up. CONGRATS on getting an entry for NYC marathon next year, that's amazing!!

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  3. Love this recap, Christy! And I'm still so happy we got to hang out on Friday night! T-minus one year til you're kicking butt on in the NYC Marathon. Andddd now we need to pick a new race to run since Disney Princess is a fortune and a half.

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  4. Nice job - and nice time! Especially considering that you had just rocked it in last week's marathon :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  5. That is awesome! I have knee problems too and know how tough it can be to run like that. Congrats on finishing so strong :)

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  6. awesome! glad to hear the knee didn't bother you too much during the race :)

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  7. whoa, speedy! a week after a marathon, i'd still be in bed. :)

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