Sunday, February 6, 2011

New York Road Runners Gridiron Classic 4 Mile Race

I did it.

I can't believe it.  The furthest I've ever gone is a 5K.  I was hurting at about 2.5 miles, but I just kept pushing and changed my music to something pumping to drown out the "you know, you could just walk the rest..." thoughts in my head.

I had an unofficial time of 1:02:14.  That's about a 15 min/mile pace.  While that is slow compared to most, it is probably the fastest pace I've ever kept.  I ran the entire time, no walking for me!

I do have to say that it was a little frustrating at the beginning.  My starting corral was the last one, and being a slow runner I was definitely at the tail end of the race.  I just have to remember that I've only been running for 3 months, and the majority of these people have been running for years.  I do have to say that I was a little frustrated when a woman who was easily 100 pounds heavier than me was kicking my butt and finished a good 5 minutes ahead of me.  But, then I just decided to shrug it off and say "good for her!" and realize that I was doing the absolute best I could, and running the fastest race I could.

So, all in all it was a great morning!  Now I'm going to sleep.  I'm exhausted!

Oh, and P.S. to the New York Road Runners volunteers?  I know you may think that you are being encouraging when you tell me "Don't give up!"  You can keep going!" but really in my head, it's like saying "I'm assuming because you are a bigger girl that you want to give up, so I'm going to help you not to by giving you encouragement!"  Thanks anyway, but giving up was never an option...


  1. Congratulations! Being able to run a race (however far and however fast) after 3 months of training is fantastic.

  2. I'm so impressed Maia - 3 months of training and you did an amazing job. I know as you continue forward with this you will continue to improve as well. Congrats!