Scotland 10K – Today’s Rain is Tomorrow’s Whisky – April 2, 2016 – Race Recap

The elites lining up for the Scotland 10K.

The elites lining up for the Scotland 10K.

Today was the first time I signed up to run two different races in one day, and of course that day had to be a rainy one.  They were both 10Ks – NYRR’s Scotland 10K and Run & Chug’s inaugural 10K – so I thought it wouldn’t be much worse more difficult than running a half marathon, or like doing two legs in a Ragnar Relay.  Of course, I did not count on the rain, or on how wet and cold I would get during the first race.

The norms lining up for the race (you can't even see my corral it's so far away).

The norms lining up (you can’t even see my corral it’s so far away).

The NYRR Scotland 10K is basically one “backwards” loop of Central Park (running clockwise around the park).  The start is just south of the finish, and the finish is the same as the NYC Marathon finish line near Tavern on the Green.  The good part of running the loop this direction is that you get the west side hills out of the way first, you get to enjoy Cat Hill going downhill instead of uphill, and it makes for an easier shot at a negative split.  Also, since I mostly run the loop counterclockwise, it’s a nice change of pace.

Yes, another picture of the start, this one highlighting a magnolia tree - after it really started raining hard I stopped taking pictures.

Yes, another picture of the start, this one featuring a magnolia tree – after it really started raining hard I stopped taking pictures.

The run itself was actually really enjoyable, even in the rain.  The park right now is just full of blossoming trees, and with the rain and mist I felt like I was running through a fantasyland.  I would definitely do this race again and recommend it to anyone who wants to see Central Park during its prettiest season.

The *white cotton* race shirt for 2016.

The *white cotton* race shirt for 2016.

Since I pushed myself harder in the second half than in the first, I earned my negative split and got warm in the process.  But the second I crossed the finish line I got cold because I was soaking wet.  They had the standard NYRR finish-line fare:  bagels, McIntosh apples, and bags of pretzels, but no thermal blankets.  Even though the walk home was only a few blocks, I got so chilled that by the time I got inside my fingers were fumbling as they tried to open the pins on my bib.  I even took a short shower to warm up and the lukewarm water felt like it was scalding my hands.  Vasoconstriction for the win!

 

I managed to get warm enough to function properly, dressed, and eat some chocolate before my next race – which was in about an hour!  That recap will come tomorrow.  Till then, stay dry and warm, wherever you are!

 

Have you ever run the Scotland 10K?  Have you ever run more than one race in a day?  Do you enjoy running in the rain?  Share in the comments!

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