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
Entry fee: $35
Swag: Finish line video, free race photos
Post-race Food: Bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, apples, bananas, and water
Performance: Overall: 34/541; Gender: 7/309; Age (40-49): 1/38
Weather: 61 degrees, 82% humidity
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.