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<p>A rare attention seeking post from me but I feel the shameless need to brag.</p>
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<p>The Fitness Body, Mind and Fitness Games is an annual event sponsored by Fitness magazine. I set my PR of 29:36 here in 2006. </p>
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<p>4 miles in the most common race distance used by the New York Road Runners. Its one inner loop of Central Park. I'd run the course 19 times in 5 years, 5 times in 2010 alone. I've only broken 30 minutes twice. Its not my distance.</p>
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<p>The problem with this course is that there is a tough little hill 1 the first mile. If you are not careful, the adrenaline can get to you and you take it too fast. But you also be too cautious and leave yourself with too much to do.</p>
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<p>There are also 3 hills in mile 3. Although they are not steep, they just drag on and on, and this is psychologically such an important part of the course. I've often thought of dropping out of a race here as its close to where I live.</p>
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<p>If you do pace yourself correctly though, and its rare, the last downhill mile is a delight.</p>
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<p>I had fairly high expectations for this race. I ran 7:31 pace in a 5 miler in early August, achieving an huge AG PR of 64.4%.</p>
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<p>My targets were:</p>
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<p>- Break 30 minutes</p>
<p>- Run an AG% PR</p>
<p>- As a stretch target, PR.</p>
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<p>Target splits</p>
<p>1 - 7:30-735</p>
<p>2 - 7:20</p>
<p>3 - 7:30</p>
<p>4 - 7:10</p>
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<p>The men's race started at 9am, which gave me time to get to the start, relax, warm up and  stretch. But as usual I got distracted and ended up jumping in a cab, arriving at the start area to  pick up my number at around 8:30.</p>
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<p>I did a pitiful amount of jogging and some dynamic stretching to warm up. As it was men only, I had the humiliation of being put in the fourth AG corral as opposed to the 2nd, where I'm normally placed.</p>
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<p>The race started on the East Drive of the Park at East 68th St. We would then head north to 102nd St, turning left, left again, and finishing somewhere near West 68th St on the West Drive.</p>
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<p>Rocco DiSpirito was presented and managed mess up a potentially inspiring speech about transforming himself from fat chef to triathlete. Then we had the national anthem (which is rare for a NYRR race). Finally NYRR VP Peter Chacha gave the course directions in his blunt, New York style</p>
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<p>"Run straight, to the 102nd St Transverse, turn left, turn left and stay in the left lane, inside the cones".</p>
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<p>The first third of a mile consists of dodging and weaving around slower runners. The corral system has helped but I wish people incorporating the race in to their long runs, or running at marathon pace, would start further back. Oh well.</p>
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<p>After a third of mile I face Cat Hill, which I've mentally cut in to 3 sections, the easiest one taking less than a minute to complete. Then there's a small reprieve before another small hill. Things are going swimmingly as I hit one mile in 7:18, eek!! "Be careful Paul".</p>
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<p>Mile 2 is flat but my Garmin goes a bit haywire and tells me I'm running 8:18 pace, so I ignore it. I'm expecting lactic acid to declare its presence at some point but it was noticeably absent. I hit "lap" manually at the 2 mile mark. 7:08.</p>
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<p>Then mile 3 and those darn rolling hills. I'm atop the first one without noticing. I hit the short downhill trying to psych myself up for the second longer one. Then I got distracted. Suddenly I was at the traffic light about 20 yards from the top. How did that happen?</p>
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<p>One more very short hill, then its downhill all the way. I pass the 3 mile marker and my Garmin beeps - Lap 3 - 7:11. For some reason I'm disappointed.</p>
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<p>I didn't have the total elapsed time displayed on my watch, so I'm trying to calculate how I'm doing. "I have to run less than 8 minutes to PR, and its downhill all the way. That can't be right".</p>
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<p>But I'm feeling good. I can feel the dirty looks I'm getting as I fly past people with my grey hair and my wobbly stomach. Normally I'm picking a target like a tree or a lamp post to get to at this point, just to keep going, but there's no need. I start picking other runners to try and chase down.</p>
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<p>There's a small fly in the ointment. Instead of turning left at West 72nd St, to finish on the flat, we have to run straight, up a hill, finishing near Tavern on the Green. I put the negative thoughts out of my head, lock my eyes on the the logo on the back of a Front Runner's shirt and start pumping my arms.</p>
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<p>My head is rolling from side to side as my Garmin beeps "lap 4 - 6:50". A few seconds later I'm done. The race clock says 29:52. That can't be right. It must have taken at least a minute to cross the start line.</p>
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<p>No feeling sick or light headed, just a bit out of breath, I anxiously press menu on the Garmin. I tap the bezel, history - activities. Its says Today - 4 miles 28:37. "That can't be. It must be 29:37. That's a shame, I just missed my PR. No, Hang on. It is 28:37. Bloody Nora!"</p>
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<p>I look around for a familiar face to share my joy with and my ex-Girlfriend pops up. Being an old fart, I asked her how <em>she</em> did, forgetting that the women's race doesn't start for another 20 minutes. She congratulates me. She then tells me she is running the race as part of a long run at an easy pace.</p>
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<p>I waited for her just before mile 3. She looks relaxed, calls my name and waves. She beats her 7 year-old PR by 12 seconds.</p>
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<p><strong>Fitness Body, Mind and Spirit Games.</strong></p>
<p>Time 28:38 - 59 second PR.</p>
<p>Pace 7:09 (previous best for any race over a mile was 7:16)</p>
<p>AG% 66.7% (previous best 64.4%, before August it was 63.2%).</p>
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<p>Thank you for listening.</p>
 

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<p>Wow!!   What an exciting race report!   Congrats and don't be ashamed of bragging on that race.  We likes braggers here.</p>
 

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<p>Wow, BAP, great job! I guess the winds in NYC last night weren't the only things moving fast through there recently.  Amazing that you made such an hugh improvement in your time when you run that route so frequently.  I'm happy for you that you didn't put the brakes on after the first half of the race, thinking that you were going too fast. </p>
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<p>Brian</p>
 
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