I went to bed at 10:30pm to get a full night's sleep but my mind just wandered all over the place, from work to freelance to the home contract. I tried to focus just on the course and eventually fell asleep much later than anticipated, and woke up several times throughout the night. My final wake up time was about 4:18am. I had my alarm set for 5:00am so I just got up, got dressed and left the house by 6:00am to head to the NYRR headquarters to pick up my number.
The trains were running faster than normal, so I got to 89th Street by 7:10am. The race didn't start until 8:30am at 102nd Street so I walked over and to get my free t-shirt and get situated. The baggage area was staged in a park of Central Park that is used as a dog park. I sat on a rock in the hill and just watched the dogs run for a while. There was this cute beagle that just wanted to play with all the other dogs. Makes me want to get one!
I got pretty cold just sitting there, so after a while I just got up and jogged around a bit until I heard the race director call people to the corrals. Since I woke up so early I was pretty tired, but what sort of affected my performance was that I didn't eat enough on the way over. I got hungry by the time I got to the start. However, it was only 5 miles, so it wasn't that bad. I knew I was going to get an apple and a bagel at the end.
The race started off good enough. The course started on a slow rolling hill and bypassed the infamous Harlem Hill. I was glad I didn't have to face that today. I took quick walk breaks at the water stations and kept my usual pace. What I didn't remember was that we still had Cat Hill, which wasn't as steep as Harlem Hill, but it was a steady climb back up to the 80s. With 1 mile left, I started to push the pace a bit and kept my focus on the top of the trees. I got to the finish line in a full sprint.
Official time: 58:40 (11:48 pace). A little slower than my 11:16 5k pace from last race, but a bit faster than the last 5 mile I did at 11:51. All in all, a decent showing. I think had it been a 5 miler I would've definitely PRed!