NYRR Video for highlights!) My only thought as I watched Lagat and Simpon take their victory laps up and down 60th and 5th, was how I hadn’t yet finished in my race when they were finishing up their victory lap! All in all, it was a tremendous day for running and racing in the heart of NYC!
As for my own performance, I have a lot of mixed emotions in my post-game analysis of this race. For one thing, I wasn’t expecting anything under a 5:10 so to have come in the time I did was very gratifying (especially for having never done the distance before and having received no prior training or instruction!). However, I’m still bummed by the fact that I came in ONE SECOND over what I would have considered THE PERFECT MILE. ONE SECOND! If I had only known…
I know, I know. I tell others not to engage in that whatif game so I won’t play it here. Suffice it to say that I can count about 10 places in this race where I could have regained my lost second….Still, I feel extremely fortunate and satisfied that I ran well with no injuries, came in first place for the Flyer men and scored my highest age-graded percentage ever in any race of any kind! Yes, I should be happy with this performance especially given the fact that so many of my running friends are injured or recovering slowly from injuries right now. I also should keep in mind this is NOT a goal race for me. The bigger battles will come when I travel to Staten Island in 2 weeks to tackle my nemesis (the half marathon) and in 5 weeks to run the NYC marathon. This is (hopefully) just an appetizer for better things to come.
My one second notwithstanding, yesterday was a truly fun and positive initiation to the spectacle that is the Fifth Avenue Mile! I never imagined myself saying this beforehand but you can bet your pants I will be back next year to reclaim my one second and run my PERFECT MILE down Fifth Avenue!