Saturday, March 29, 2008
Queens 60K (37 miles)-March 29, 2008
What do you get when you combine 10 (or was it 12?) wind-blown , cold, hilly and somewhat concrete 3 mile loops of an outer-borough Park? The BUS Queens 60K --a full report tommorrow but we did survive. It wasn't easy mentally or physically to deal with the wind and the loops but one good thing for me was that womens' field was small (Ruth, barbara and barbara and me:)) so I won -and even set a PR of 5:47 (previous was 5:53 in the knickerbocker 2006) --Frank, in his first 0K ran 5:46!! He dawdled so that I could catch up but I never did.
Rob was supposed to come with Frank and I but got a flat tire! he didn't discover it until he went out to get in his car at 7:20 or I would have come pick him up. Barbara S. drove all the way from Albany , so i ran the first mile with her. We started on the track and ran a symbolic quarter together in honor of Ted Corbitt --well, it was supposed to be symbolic but Phil and Byron (and Frank) bolted ahead. After 5 loops (16 miles?) it was a struggle for me. I had a routine of walking thru the aid stations and up the hills but ran a 9 min pace when running.
I was so far ahead that I didn't really need to focus on time, and I wasn't -I just wanted to finish in one piece ad not push too hard. Plus, wore heavy trail shoes --at the end of each loop, I saw Frank running strongly, as well as the other 30 runners on the out-and -backs. When it was over, I got the biggest tackiest trophy (donated by ritchie's trophy guy) --Frank got a smaller but more stately one. Ritchie was in fine spirits and gave us the 30 year history of the 60K -he started it in 1978! Now it's rest, rest and more rest --will continue this later.