The 2015 Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe 4 miler was held on Saturday, July 18th in none other than my beloved Central Park! The weather did not look promising, and for once the weather app actually accurately predicted a crazy thunderstorm.
But let’s back up – as usual, I started my morning early with toast + peanut butter with a ton of coffee. After much debate the night prior on how to complete 8 miles for the day, I decided on the following plan: 2 warmup miles, 4 mile race, 2 mile cool-down.
My 2 miler went well but I set out for Central Park a bit late afterwards and barely had enough time to hit up the port-a-potties before the race start.
This race recap won’t be like my usual organized outline of the run. Long story short, it started pouring halfway through and the race was eventually stopped. But at least it started off well! I definitely felt the humidity from the moment we started running (I hate hate hate humidity) but pushed through with a decent pace. It started drizzling around the 2 mile mark…and then came the downpour. Thank goodness I put my iPhone into a plastic baggie because it would’ve completely died! Seriously, I felt like I was taking a shower. The downpour was soon accompanied by thunder and lightning, and it was around this point that I knew the race would be shut down. I sped up and luckily crossed the finish line before the organizers called it quits and began evacuating Central Park for obvious safety reasons.
Final Time: 38:15 (9:34 min/mile pace)
Place: 2931 / 4874
Age Division (F, 25-29): 301 / 550
It was still pouring when I finished, but I was on the west side of the park and needed to get home. I could’ve taken a shortcut home but decided to take the long route to try and sneak in a final 2 miles for a grand total of 8 miles for the day. The race organizers were still evacuating Central Park and I probably should’ve obeyed, but what can I say…runners are stubborn!
Of course, it stopped raining as soon as I finished my 2 miles. And guess what, the Obamas took a walk in Central Park as soon as the rain stopped…exactly where I had just run 15 minutes prior! Grrr I’m so mad I missed them. Overall, it was an interesting and fun morning!
• Race course – I say this every single time, but I love running in Central Park, especially when the main road is closed to everyone except for the race runners.
• Water stations – There were three water stations, which is so appreciated in the summer months even for a short race!
• Cost – Many of the NYRR races are incredibly cheap…I paid only $18!
• I can’t quite think of any major cons except for the race being shut down early due to weather, but you can’t hold that against the race organizers! Nature has her own agenda…
This is not necessarily a race I will strive to run next year, but it’s a great way to sneak in a short and fast training run for a low price.