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Bronx 10 Mile – Hot Hot Heat – Sept 24, 2017

Getting to the start of the Bronx 10 Miler was a race in and of itself.

I ran the Bronx 10 Mile last Sunday.  Surprisingly, the insanely crowded, hot, and humid day only drove me to run faster.  (Sorry for the late recap, as I’ve been busy this week building Ikea furniture and racking up dental bills (from all the teeth gnashing?).)

 

The morning did not start well.  I had mapped out my subway route with the MTA Trip Planner the night before, but as any NYer can tell you, the MTA is not to be trusted.  I ended up getting stranded in Times Square about 40 minutes before the start of the race and seriously considered skipping the whole thing.  But then I remembered that this race had a medal, and it was a hot day and I didn’t want to run 10 miles on my own, so I bit the bullet and ordered an Uber to Yankee Stadium.

Runners (and birds) heading to the Bronx 10 Mile start.

$22 and twenty minutes later, I made it up to the Bronx and discovered I was there almost an hour before I needed to be.  See, even though they said the race started at 8:00, they really meant the elites started at 8:00.  The rest of the crowd, well, it was a staggered start for the remaining 15,000 runners, which sounds great if it actually controlled the crowds, but the course was insanely congested for the entire 10 miles (and I started at 8:30!).

Waiting (and waiting and waiting) at the crowded Bronx 10 Mile start.

Are you getting the sense I didn’t enjoy this race?  Good, because I didn’t really enjoy this race.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I ran it, because it was good to contend with crowds as part of my marathon training (I can only imagine how congested the NYC Marathon is going to be :() and I’m thrilled with my time, as I used the congestion to fuel my fire.  To get away from all the bodies, for the last 5 miles I ran on the edge of the course in the direct sunshine.  It wasn’t pleasant, but it was open, and I swear I passed 99% of the runners over the second half of the course (and I actually ran negative splits! very unusual for me!).

 

My 10th and final mile was the fastest mile I’ve ran since breaking my ankle, so I commemorated it on the back of my medal with NYRR’s free medal engraving service.

We can forget the race time, but that last mile was fast for me!

The finishing amenities were great – ice soaked towels that were desperately needed, the medal, and pre-made goodie bags with a bottle of water, a bottle of gatorade, two small bags of pretzels, a protein bar, and an apple (some bags varied but most had all of these things).  The finishing area, however, was packed, and security guards (?) incorrectly shouted at people that there was no exit at the track & field.  I ignored them because that was the exit the year before, and lo and behold, there was an exit (albeit a long walk from the finish line).

From top clockwise: the insane heat as recorded by my Garmin, the congested finish area, my gritted smile, post-run pizza (yes, Hawaiian, I’m a monster), Yankee stadium with an overheated runner in the foreground, finishing goodie bags, and the medal in the center.

Oh yeah, I decided to run in pearls for this race (with a flower clipped to my hat).  Only one person commented on it, calling it “classy!”

 

And to be fair, on-course support was pretty good, too.  While the cups were running low when I passed, they hadn’t run out of water or Gatorade yet (and that was available at every water stop, every mile).  I’m surprised race officials didn’t make a bigger deal of the hot weather than they did – usually they mention it and encourage the runners to take it slow – but maybe they thought all the congestion would do that for them.  ;P

Once again, please notice the temps my Garmin recorded. 😮

The shirt is fine – tech material, slightly boxy cut, with a weird line of red stitching across the back. Also, it looks almost exactly like the 5K shirt from last year. 😐

Was the race really so different this year, or did the heat just make me grumpy?  Who knows!  All I know is I survived this race and will tackle another this weekend, but this weekend I get to wear a proper costume and run with friends, so I already know it’s going to be much better!

 

Did you run the Bronx 10 Mile or 5K this year?  Are you enjoying this late heatwave or are you yearning for fall?  Do you like Hawaiian pizza or do you think it’s an abomination?  Share in the comments!

Race Recap – Bronx 10-Miler, Sept 27, 2015

Beautiful day for the Bronx 10-Miler.

Such a beautiful day for Bronx 10-Miler, I didn’t even mind the lines at the porta potties.

I ran the Bronx 10-Miler* this morning and if every run were like this, I would love running.  Seriously, this was one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve had in my life.  I think it was a combination of my training (not great, but better than it has been) and the weather (a HUGE factor, as it was cool and not humid), plus an easy course (wide, no congestion, very gentle hills) and nice atmosphere (lots of colorful runners and the DJ at the junction was great).

The Bronx 10-Miler course.

The Bronx 10-Miler course.

One of the cool buildings near the start of the race.

One of the cool buildings near the start of the race (Bronx County Clerk’s office).

The course took us up the Grand Concourse (starting just northeast of Yankee Stadium), around a little park, out and back along Mosholu Parkway, then back down the Grand Concourse to finish where we started.   I thought I’d get a nice tour of the Bronx and maybe I did, but it was indistinguishable from any other place in the city.  There were some cool buildings at the start and along the way, but nothing that stands out in memory.  That’s not to say it was a bad course – it was quite pleasant, actually, and completely closed to traffic, which was nice.  I also actually liked the looping aspect as I got to see the winners streaking to the finish while I was just past mile 2 (and they were at mile 8).  BTW, the top three finishers all averaged sub 5:00 minute miles, and the top 66 finishers all averaged sub 6:00 minute miles.  We have faaaaaast people running NYRR races.

 

I still got a medal, though!

I still got a medal, though!

I am not one of those fast people.  I was aiming for about 12 minute miles, and ended up averaging 11:30/mile (finishing in 1:55ish), which I might regret in a week (when I have to run double this distance plus 6 more miles), but for today it felt great.  I was able to keep a pretty steady pace, too, again due to the great weather and even course.

 

I also enjoyed the race because I ran into two of my friends and Ragnar teammates on the course.  They both ran the full Beat the Blerch Marathon in New Jersey yesterday (!!!) so they are insane.  I got to see them a couple times, actually, but didn’t see them finish (they said they were going to run across the finish with takeout food, and I really hope they did).

 

The shirt and medal - brighter in person!

The shirt and medal – brighter in person!

Closeup of the medal.

Closeup of the medal.

So, overall, I thought it was a very nice race.  Not many spectators, and the only entertainment was that DJ at the junction (miles 3.5, 5.5, & 6.5), but the shirt is great (nice tech shirt in bright green with minimal logos), the medal is nice and unexpected (I’m still used to the old NYRR when few races gave medals), the on-course support was excellent (water and Gatorade at every mile) and the post-race food was tolerable (typical NYRR – dry bagels, apples, mini bags of pretzels, bottles of water, and some random granola bar I didn’t like).  The one weird thing was that the 5K was finishing as the 10-Miler started.  It wasn’t a problem logistically or crowds-wise, but psychologically it was a little tough to see all those runners finished with their race when we hadn’t even started.  But as other fellow 10-Milers noted, their shirts were unisex cotton and I don’t think they got medals, so whatevs.

 

Also in full disclosure, this was the first gif I saw this morning, so that might have influenced my race experience.  And now I’m sitting here looking at this.  For hours.  While eating.  Hm.  I’m a little nervous about my marathon in a week, since this race went so well, my next might be terrible.  But I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll just get a repeat of this day.

 

*Yes, I know it’s called the “Bronx 10-Mile” and not “10-Miler” but I think 10-Miler sounds better so that’s what I’m going to call it.

 

How was your weekend?  Did you run at all?  Have you see the new show Scream Queens?  Share in the comments!