The WABC Father’s Day race organized by New York Road Runners in Central Park is already a traditional race for our family. You can see the years of my participation in the table below. I wasn’t looking forward to the race, as I wasn’t in a competitive mode due to my right knee problem. I forced myself to run. I had the knee swollen since May 24th and was avoiding running since then, with few exceptions on the past 2 Tuesdays when I led groups of runners from Lynbrook, Valley Stream, and Rockville Centre who gather each Tuesday at Lynbrook Runner’s Stop for the store run.
Despite the knee being still visibly bigger, it didn’t hurt and was flexible. I thought I should try to race in faster pace than jogging, but not full racing yet. I set a pace of 7 min. a mile as optimal, given the temperature of 82° and 87% humidity. I started cautiously at slower pace, observing the knee. It hurt, but not because of the injury. I was rusty and stiff. I was about 10 sec. slower at the beginning. The 2nd mile was more downhill, so I made sure I would catch up the lost time and I past the mile 2 marker about 3 sec. slower than my goal. From that point, I just maintained the pace and sped up a little the last 400 m.
The 3rd mile seemed to be infinite, though. I started to labor and felt a bit dizzy and short of breath. It reminded me how I always felt after a race before I started running more often and longer runs. I used to come to 5K, 4M, and 5M (I haven’t run longer distances back then) races without any training, ran like crazy, and was not able to breathe—exactly like this race.
Shortly before mile 4 marker, I thought I would let go, using the hot and humid weather as an excuse. Yet, knowing I had only 1 mile of suffering to the finish, I persevered in maintaining the pace. Also, the whole family clan was awaiting at the finish. They were hungry, as they haven’t eaten their breakfast yet. Except Janette, who is experienced and brought a muffin. We went to a diner on Amsterdam Ave. for a brunch. I finished in34:51, pace 6:58, age place 47 out of 380.
Here below is a table of my participation in Father’s day races.
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|June 20, 2010||47||5.0||34:51||6:58||455||441||47||68.3|
|June 21, 2009||46||5.0||31:31||6:18||184||180||9||74.9|
|June 15, 2008||45||5.0||35:30||7:06||536||511||50||66.0|
|June 17, 2007||44||5.0||36:43||7:20||791||749||123||63.3|
|June 18, 2006||43||5.0||54:42||50:57||10:11||3484||2452||390||45.3|
|June 19, 2005||42||5.0||37:07||37:02||7:24||623||584||99||61.8|
|June 20, 2004||41||5.0||35:13||35:01||7:00||420||392||67||63.4|
|June 15, 2003||40||5.0||34:06||34:00||6:48||274||267||53||64.8|
|June 16, 2002||39||5.0||34:30||6:54||229||217||100||63.5|
|June 17, 2001||38||3.1||23:05||22:27||7:14||435||399||174||59.2|