Harlem One-Mile Race – that’s THREE medals in 8 days (2 podiums and 1 AG win)

In case you forgot, I had raced (and WON!) the Alive and Running 5K last Saturday (as if I could let anyone forget!!!), then on Wednesday I raced the Al Goldstein Summer Series 5K and got a medal for 1st in my AG and then… Sunday, I showed up at the Harlem United One Miler… I wasn’t sure if I’d be recovered from the last two 5ks in the last week but  I really wanted to support my friend Allison who was working really hard for this event. I invited everyone I could to could help with the turnout; plus, the more the merrier, right? A mile is always better with friends!!!

The race was a loop and a bit around Marcus Garvey Park, the little green memorial we circle on mile 22 of the NYC Marathon, still Juan and I run waaaay past it on our way there… We had to turn around and got a bit lost… I think the 92% humidity got to our heads, and I had about 3 miles in me before the race!!! That’s a GOOD warm up!!! ugh.

When we finally made it, there was already a nice crowd, got our bibs and spotted Daphne after a bit!

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Juan and I, never giving up on selfies, though they SUCK

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Check out the shirt on Lesley’s boy. TOO AWESOME!

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Daphne and I, photobombed! LOVE!

Anyway, the men were racing first, there were some pictures, then about 60 guys lined up (I have no idea, I could have been 40 or 100), I only knew Kevin in the race, and he ended up winning it. By a lot. #BEAST.

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

Around 10:30 am, as soon as the sun goes out of course, the women’s heat goes. Lesley, who is a super fast runner says her husband did 5:17 so she should be around there. I made a mental note to not even look at her back. Obviously. My fastest mile was 6:05 and that was a week before my 3:27 marathon. I am NOT in 6:05 shape so… Stuart said I’d do around 6:15 or 6:20 if I remember right, but I just wanted to see where I was, didn’t have much expectations. Plus, I had two 5Ks still in my legs weighing me down a bit. Oh, and it was 91% humidity, did I say that?

Soon enough we get moving to the line and the gun goes off.

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

I see a LOT of women take off (as usual) and I just focus on my pace (as usual too). Lesley was flying, the rest… too early to tell. A minute in, I knew who was going to come back. And there’s Juan before the corner taking pictures!

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that was the front of the race at about 200 meters in, Lesley in white, literally flying, a girl in long tights, and Deirdre chasing Lesley in the pink top

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See how far behind I was??? I am not even kidding when I tell you I don’t go out hard and focus on my pace. It’s hard to tell in those first 60 seconds who will stay ahead and who won’t, so just gotta RUN YOUR OWN RACE!

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Obv I see my husband and I smile. check behind me, pink top and black shorts, is Daphne, who is also running a smart race as she’ll finish right in the same place with me!

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No, Elizabeth no, you’re NOT stopping for a kiss here, don’t do it!!!! SOOO Tempting.

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I cant remember much of the race, so I have no idea why I am smiling, with so many people getting away from me…

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more shots just because I love this bra/shorts combination and because Juan took about 500 pictures and I felt bad putting up just 3 😉

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Actually, I love the old buildings around this block. there was a super nice building by the start with flowers… I should have taken MORE pictures!

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Then we turn, we go by the finish line and keep going. I think by then I had passed two women. As soon as I turned on 120th st, I had passed one lady who wished me luck, so sweet, I had close my mouth,  swallow and wish her luck too which was REALLY hard. On the next turn, on Madison Avenue, I saw only Deirdre and Lesley were ahead of me, by A LOT. Deirdre was about 15 seconds away, so there was no catching her. Lesley was barely a little tiny speck waaaay ahead. I had no idea what was happening behind me and couldn’t really look (stay focused) but I didn’t hear any one close at all. I get to the corner of 124 where we turn left again and there’s an ambulance parked there… no tangent: damn!!! that’s when I started to push a bit more, with about 600 to go. I turn again towards the finish, clench my teeth, look for the fifth gear… and NOTHING. NOTHING nothing. I felt so flat the whole race… My legs were pretty ok but there was nothing in my lungs to use up at the end, as I always do. Oh well.

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Juan was by the finish taking these pictures obviously: Lesley winning in 5:24

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Deirdre taking second with 6:07

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and here comes little me, in THIRD place!!!! SO exciting. Juan starts yelling, the announcer asks him my name, I hear the announcer cheering me in, wow.

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the death stare. If I look at it fiercely enough, the finish line will move towards me, I swear!!!!!

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and this is what I do when I am in PAIN: my teeth just clench and hold it all there!

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besides my crazy face -hey, its amile and theres the finish!!!- I love those buildings in the back!!!!!!

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And…. DONE!!!!!!!! PHEW

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OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO. I think this is quite probably one of the most amazing pictures I’ve seen on Juan and I (and you know there’s MILLIONS). His face is precious. You guys know I love this guy so much but I don’t think he could be a 1% more supportive. He got up with me, run there with me, waited, took pictures, run back with me, basically wasted about 5 hours to watch me race 1 mile and take pictures, and he enjoys that. I am so lucky.

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

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OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

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yep, feels like dying. Though… I felt a LOT worse at the last two 5Ks than this. Weird.

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someone gave me a medal…

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there’s Daphne at the finish too!!! We’re done!!!

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HAD to take this picture. how awesome is that building???

So, we just hung out by the finish for a while. Oh, I got a gift card to Harlem Shake for third place. First time I ever get a gift I can use for placing in a race!!! YEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We then watched the family heat, everyone running with their families, kids, dogs, soooo fun and cute. I really do love cheering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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that’s Allison, who put this race together with her team, yep, she founded an awesome team called We Run Harlem! I love this woman and I am so proud of her!!!

Then we took a LOT of pictures. A lot of people took a lot of pictures.

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OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO View More: http://dapingluo.pass.us/harlem-one-miler-2015

and then the awards ceremony by the finish line. harlem run 1 miler unitedharlem mile marcus gravey park run harlem (38)I was so tired… between the morning humid 3 mile run there, the race, the heat… I wanted to jump in a pond…

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

OFFICIAL RACE PHOTO by DA PING LUO

Juan and I run back home, ended with 9 miles total and then we just went crazy… lunch was ridiculous and then we walked all the way to the west side to get me some dulce de leche/dark chocolate beard pappa cream puffs…. I NEEDED THEM. A bit later, we could barely walk back. We were both destroyed, he had a tough week of work out of town and an intense bike ride Saturday and I… my life was catching up to me.  Now I have a week to the next race and I need to make sure I am recovered!!!!

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13 thoughts on “Harlem One-Mile Race – that’s THREE medals in 8 days (2 podiums and 1 AG win)

  1. You are such a badass!! You killed it and it was GROSS yesterday! I was out in Queens doing the 10K and I wanted to die. I had to wring out my shirt from all the sweat and water I poured over my head. I gave up on trying to run it and broke in to a run/walk to get to the finish. You are a champ and earn every accolade you’ve earned this week!

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