Redo on Governors Island 5K Race Report

Name of the race: Governors Island 5K

Where: Governors Island, New York, NY

Date: Sept 29, 2018

Time: 9:00 am

Distance: 3.1 miles

Terrain: flat

Entry fee: $35

Swag: Finish line video, free race photos

Post-race Food: Bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, apples, bananas, and water

Time: 22:18

Performance: Overall: 34/541; Gender: 7/309; Age (40-49): 1/38

Weather: 61 degrees, 82% humidity


Looking like Death at the Finish Line

Governors Island is a 172-acre island off Manhattan that is currently used for recreation and art installations. Although it’s a short ferry trip from Manhattan or Brooklyn, once you’re there, it feels as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

I wasn’t supposed to run a 5K last month, but I had signed up for this 5K back in August. Once I arrived on the island, the skies opened up and poured water from the skies. That along with a lovely show of lightning forced the cancellation of the race. NYC Runs allowed us to move our registration to this race a month later.

The weather was far more agreeable the second time around. After several weeks of sweltering weather, 61 degrees even with somewhat high humidity was a blessed change. I wasn’t planning on racing the 5K, but having a nice hard workout because a few days prior while I was walking home and minding my own business a wasp stung me for no reason. A huge welt appeared and it hurt like heck even a few days later. I thought my right calf hurt too much to race, but I could still run hard.

I guess the fun and excitement of a race erased the pain of a wasp sting because I ran an 18-sec PR. I was rather surprised and overjoyed. Early this year, I set a goal of running a sub-22 5K, which I don’t think will actually happen, but now I am closer to that goal. One day I will wipe those 18 secs away. For now, I’ll enjoy the 1st place AG award.


13 thoughts on “Redo on Governors Island 5K Race Report

    • I try to be fast. It’s funny, but I’m now as fast as many of the old bloggers I used to follow when I started blogging 6 years ago (most of them don’t blog anymore). Back then I thought a sub-24 5K was soooo speedy, but I don’t think of myself as being *that* fast even though I have the same race times now. It’s a bit like when one is overweight and then loses weight, but still sees oneself as the old size.

  1. Congrats!!!! I’m racing my first 5K in three years next Sunday but I have a grumpy left foot & hamstring so I don’t have a lot of hope it will be too fast. :-/

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