Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 10k Race Recap
After running my first official 10k at Run 10 Feed 10 last month the pressure was off for this race because all I really wanted to do was have a good time in the streets of Brooklyn–which is actually a general statement that can be made about me at all times.
The day was beautiful, cool, crisp and what was that ball of fire in the sky? Dare I say it was sunny? I recruited my running buddy Yonnie because it’s so nice to have company and I haven’t seen her since the McCarren Park 5k.
The race was thrown by the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center and the vibe when we got there was electric yet had an immediate family/community feel. Unlike my half marathon that was cold (literally and figuratively) everyone was hugging and chatting and I felt so…welcomed.
We had THE BEST warm up by doing some dancing very similar to Zumba. The music was perfect and first the first time before a race I felt legitimately warmed up. (I need to figure out a really good warm up routing before running the Trenton Half in a few weeks!)
At the start of the race it was cold but not enough to be uncomfortable. We finally started and I felt good in the streets of Bed Stuy. I ran the first 1.5 miles without stopping and felt good throughout. The people of the neighborhood came out to support us too which was nice.
I was also moving a bit faster because the cops were letting in cars at different intersections so as I got closer to the cars, I sped up so that the cops would have no choice but to stop the cars for me. I so wish this would happen on a daily basis!
By Mile 5 I realized I was going to PR and I was so insanely excited! Overall throughout the run I felt good. I walked a lot less than I normally do and I didn’t feel like my body was angry with me :). I crossed the finish line at 1:12:03 which was a little over 4 minutes faster than just 5 weeks ago. YES!
Afterwards we grabbed some bagels and stayed for the awards ceremony. It was so inspiring watching the women and men in the 55 and over age groups win awards.
There was also a bit of a dance party when I may have showed my Caribbean roots by dancing to all the soca possible.
I pretty much never repeat races but I plan on doing the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 10k again next year if I can!
Have you ever run in a smaller community race? What was the last really fun thing you did in your community?