Recently I raced the Verrazano Running Festival 10k with one of my best friends, Katie. Looking for a race we could both do together, the 10k in Brooklyn, our neighborhood, seemed a great option. The race took place at Shore Road Park Pier and was through NYCRuns. A beautiful race, close to the water and under the Verrazano Bridge, the race course was flat and ideal for optimal best times.
This was my last race before the TCS NYC Marathon, and that week leading up to the race, I had told myself, "When I get a PR.." I knew racing season for the year was coming to an end, and I was so excited to push myself to really race and not just go out easy. I wanted my time to reflect the effort, the training, and the miles I've put into this season.
I will be honest that arriving to the Pier with 40 degree temperatures and bone chilling wind, my mind started to doubt what I had told myself the entire week. Waiting for almost an hour outside, we warmed up, stretched, and tried to keep moving. But as we made our way to the start line I could hear that voice in my head telling me, "This is it."
I finished with a PR of 00:48:45 and placed 27th overall, 8th out of the females, and 3rd in my age division (20-29 years). For NY racing, this was definitely a smaller scale race with only 236 participants, but I have never been so proud of myself.
The same day, one of my favorite female runners, who I follow on Instagram posted the following below her image:
I reached out to share with Amanda that I had gotten my PR that day and couldn't believe more what she expressed in this post! If you want to check out Amanda and her amazing journey you can go to her Instagram @run2pr or check out her site here.
I love hearing other runners or athletes share their personal experiences with overcoming self-doubt and not listening to others questioning their goals.