A few weeks back, our very own Captain Amir and Run-Walk legend Cynthia participated in the Brooklyn Mile race. They both crushed it - as they usually do - and reported back to us with their experiences. Way to make us proud guys!
At first, the idea of a race in the middle of August did not appeal. But when I saw that "Masters Women" (Me? A "Master" in my second race? I like that terminology!) would kick off at 9am, I decided I could brave the morning heat. Although I've gotten myself to the point where I thought "It's *only* a mile," or "*only* 10 minutes of running," we were in the middle of a heat wave and so I figured I would need to take walking breaks.
Well, I didn't need them. The sun was low in the sky at that hour, so almost the entire route was in the shade. I placed myself near the back of the pack, and as the race kicked off, lots of women passed me. But that was okay, because my game plan was just to stay upright and to breathe. I kind of felt like Tracy Morgan's SNL character, Brian Fellows, running in place in front of a green screen upon which they projected various jungle scenes-except I was running through Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Sort of the same, for a Manhattanite.)
I had no illusions of beating my Harlem 1-Miler time of 8:37-not in this heat and humidity-and I made no last-moment sprint in the last 100 yards. So I was pleasantly surprised when I approached the finish line and saw that the clock had not yet hit 9:00. "How the heck did that happen?" I yelled at the clock.
My official time was 8:56. Now, I think I want to run a mile in every borough. Is there a one-mile race in the Bronx? Somebody get on that for me, please...
It's always tough hosting the #Harlem1Miler when you really want to be out there with every else running your fastest mile. When we got wind of the Brooklyn Running Co. hosting their inaugural one mile race across town I jumped immediately at the opportunity and signed up to represent the movement!
The day of the race, it was so good to see so many familiar faces, take some pre-race photos and just chill. After warming up, the gun went off and it was off to the races! The first quarter was just us runners and the streets, and then slowly but surely more groups of cheer squads started to emerge. Seeing everyone was a great spark to push me further. As soon as I hit the 800m mark I went into over-drive!
Special thanks to all the cheer squads. All boroughs were represented and everyone crushed it!