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My First NY Race!

I got just about four hours of sleep last night. The Hotel on Rivington that we had been complaining about decided it was ok to play “Umbre-lla, ella, ella, eh, eh” and other annoying dance hits VERY loud until 3am, when both Diesel and I called the front desk to complain. Reciprocating the hotel’s friendly neighbor gesture, I called 311 to file a noise complaint with the city of NY. Anyhow, at around 3:30am they finally turned the music down (but not off), and I was able to get a few hours of sleep.

My first NY race, the 4 mile Gridiron Classic, started at 9am. However, the event really started at 7am for me, as I had to take the train to David’s house (which takes me about 40 min), from where we would walk together to the start line.

Let me tell ya, running in NY, in the middle of Central Park is an AMAZING experience. It’s one of these things I’ll definitely look back on very fondly when I’m old and crusty and back in Seattle.

David’s paranoia about being last has rubbed off on me, so I had him check my race time. Not as bad as I thought. I could have run a bit faster (I did the last mile in 8 min), but I’m happy with my 35:17 time.

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