Today I walked my second NYRR race since spraining my ankle in May, and while it was a really nice race overall, my ankle started hurting more than I expected and now I’m a little worried I overdid it. Good thing I have chocolate.
The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run (honoring the former Manhattan borough president who was a supporter of the 5-borough NYC Marathon and NYRR in general) is a typical NYRR race but the course actually is in Harlem instead of following the typical Central Park loop. It’s a pretty delightful loop starting at 135th and St Nicholas Ave, heading north to 155th, cutting west a few blocks, then south along St Nicolas Park before rounding back north at 127th to finish basically where it started. The neighborhood looks beautiful, you can see Yankee Stadium in the distance for part of the race, and you get to
walk run past some beautiful architecture that’s part of City College. At the beginning of the race the announcer said that in the first year of this race there were only a few hundred runners, but in this, its 7th year, there are over 5,000! (Actual total finishers was 4,803.)
The course does feature some hills, most notably a 1/4 mile hill about .4 miles from the start, but there are a few other shorter uphills and downhills scattered along the 3-mile course. Despite the hills, I foolishly walked about as fast as I could for the first mile (slightly under a 15 minute per mile pace, too fast for my still-healing ankle), until about mile 1.3 when my ankle screamed in protest and I stopped to roll it around a bit, as if that would do anything. As much as it killed me, I slowed down my already slow pace and tried to baby my ankle a bit, but by mile 2 I was pretty obviously limping. I limped my way through the last mile, and despite the pain and the frustration, I was actually having a good time and even got a bit emotional from all the lovely people cheering all of us slowpokes.
At the finish line we were greeted by the standard apples and non-standard deli rolls (I guess they ran out of bagels?). I got ice from the med tent and actually sat on a park bench to ice my ankle while chatting with a friend. My doctor friend told me to take Advil and my physical therapist friend told me to ice it, so I did both because I’m very obedient.
While I didn’t take a roll, I did have pizza after the race because my ankle hurt and thus I deserved it. I also had some ice cream and the chocolate featured below, because I am a glutton.
Bonus Candy Review!
I got this delightful chocolate as a gift, but you can actually buy it on Amazon. It’s somehingsomethinggreek Ion brand milk chocolate with almonds. (It’s not the first Greek chocolate I’ve tried, and it won’t be the last.) The milk chocolate is better than standard American candy bar chocolate (ok, I know that’s not a high bar, pun intended), and the almonds are crunchy, but the best part is just how thick and large each square is. Why is that the best part? Because you’re basically forced to eat at least one large square every time you encounter this candy. I mean, it’s not that you want to eat a ton of chocolate, you’re a delicate flower and only take the tiniest nibbles of things, but if that’s how the bar is divided, I guess you have to.
Now I’m sitting on my couch, icing and elevating and wondering if I could eat more chocolate. They didn’t mention that it heals ankles in this recent Runner’s World article on ankle sprains, but I’m pretty sure it helps, right?
Have you ever run the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K race? Have you ever had Ion chocolate? Are you able to justify your food choices based on lingering pains in your body? Share in the comments!