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Japan Day 4 Miler

Hello hello! I hope you’re enjoying your week! I’ve kept busy with two double shifts, which have been blessings in disguise. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I remarked just before Sunday’s Japan Day 4 Mile race in Central Park that I hoped my ankle would hold up. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but it seems like one or two of the tendons between my ankle and heel may be strained. I’ve been icing and massaging, which helped a great deal, but I think I really just need some good old-fashioned rest. Rest which, now that the race is over, I’m perfectly happy to take.

The race, itself, was actually really nice. We got good shwag, no rain, and a clear course. I also liked starting up at the 102nd St traverse, instead of down at 68th St, like the last several races have done. I woke up with just enough time to throw my clothes and shoes on and jog over so I was nice and warm when the horn sounded. Of course, the 80* heat and 70% humidity helped too. Since I got there just before the race started, though, the corrals had already been collapsed so I spent the first mile doing more ducking and weaving than I’m used to. Around mile 2, though, it was smooth sailing. I stopped at every water stop, kept my stride short, and felt great when I crossed the finish line in 36:04, a 9:01/mile pace. Definitely not a PR, but a solid race given the heat and my hinky ankle!

Now to relax for a few weeks until the 5-miler at the end of this month. I think I might try to really race it, since I’ve never really pushed my pace for a 5 miler before!

What’s your favorite race distance? Do you like running in the heat?


10 Responses

  1. My favorite race distance is the half marathon. I feel like it is short enough to not kill you but long enough sot hat if you get into trouble early on you still have plenty of time to make it up.

  2. Do I like the heat? No, but I have no choice. We hit 80 by 6:30 A.M this time of year.
    Favorite distance. When I am in marathon shape it’s 10 miles. When I’m not running those distances its the 10K.

  3. I generally don’t mind running in the heat, although I avoid midday. Sorry to hear about your ankle! Amazing finish despite it all!

  4. Good work on the race – hope your ankle starts to feel better soon!

  5. The heat doesn’t bother me as much as the humidity. Houston is a swamp!

  6. What was the shwag? You ran a great race! I signed up for the July 17 4 miler, I love hot weather running. My favorite distance in 10K — long enough to be a long race, but short enough to really push yourself!

    • I love 10ks too! Need to find more of them 🙂

      The shwag was some chow mein noodle thing, electrolyte drink stuff and a nice tshirt. They also had green tea at the post-race festival!

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