Race in every state: New York

Bronx 10-mile

A Grand Tour on the Grand Concourse

The Bronx-10 mile is the fourth leg of the NYRR Five-Borough Series, an annual  series of races that happen in each of the boroughs of New York City.   This one took place on September 27, 2015 and had over 9,000 runners.  I chose it as the New York checkmark for my #RaceInEveryState goal because it coincided with my “Happy Birthday To Me” trip planned for NYC.  I try to complete a race on or near my birthday as a present to myself every year and the travel fanatic in me tries to justify a little birthday trip somewhere.  It’s perfect when that race and trip can happen together.  This year the two united.  I turned 39 two days after the race, feeling ready to finish out the last year in my 30s with confidence that I will be able to stay strong and keep accomplishing.

One of the reasons I like running when I travel and want to complete a #RaceInEveryState is because it gives me a different perspective of the location I am visiting.  I get to spend a lot of time on the ground looking around at the scenery, the architecture and the environment as a whole. Running on the Grand Concourse through the Bronx wasn’t exceptionally beautiful or filled with major historic landmarks but I did gain a greater appreciation of the differences in this borough.  The Bronx is where the Yankees play, where J-Lo was born and raised and home to one of the largest zoos in the country.  It’s a huge melting pot of races, ethnicities, cultures, and lifestyles. Since the race was on a Sunday morning the regular city hustle and bustle was a little sleepier to begin with but the diversity was definitely obvious.  Most of the stores were closed and folks were indoors peering down from their windows but towards the final miles of the race more people began to appear,  pushing carts and strollers, polite and curious. One particularly fun and dorky thing… I’m a huge Beastie Boys fan and, although they are from Brooklyn, I got to run by the law firm of Jacoby and Meyers as mentioned in their  Shadrach  lyrics, “Got more suits than Jacoby and Meyers.”  That put a smile on my face as I sprinted by and hummed that line in my head.

The shirt for the Bronx 10-mile is arguably one of the best I’ve ever gotten from a race.  It looks so good I may actually wear it.  The logo is cool and the color isn’t hideous.  Most importantly it has a slight v-neck so I won’t feel like I’m being choked when I run and get all hot and sweaty.  Kudos to the designer on this one.

I also want to give a shout out to the people that sponsored me for the race.  I raised over $100 for Team for Kids.   That money is going to help kids in NYC make running an active part of their life. The people that donated money certainly made a difference in me being able to run in that race and will also make a difference in the lives of kids that work with NYRR.  Every penny they gave is appreciated.

I crossed the finish line in 1:48.  That’s a pace of about 10:50 per mile, not too bad for not being able to do weekday training much at all during the weeks leading up to the race.  This course was pretty flat and easy to run.  The temperature that day was a cool 56° and humidity was 75%, perfect for a long run.  All of the boring details of my stats are on the NYRR race page.

After any race I like imbibing a little, knowing that my hard work has earned me a little liberty to go above my normal caloric intake.  To toast this race, I had a scrumptious brunch at the Florian with bottomless mimosas for $20.00.

Cheers and happy birthday to me!

See the rest of the trip to NYC.



Race Stats:

  • Time: 1:48:20
  • Pace: 10:50
  • Distance: 10 miles

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