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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 10k Race Recap

by Nellie


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!IMG_0348

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?

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Allie October 17, 2014 - 6:02 am

And you’re just going to keep getting faster!!! I love a nice, small, hometown race. I race the triathlon every year (almost!) that is literally right down the street from my house. It’s definitely one of my most favorite!…and not just when I win 🙂

Janine Huldie October 17, 2014 - 6:16 am

Sounded pretty much like the perfect race day experience and quite a lot of fun. Cand huge congrats on the time decrease-awesome! ;(

Kim October 17, 2014 - 4:37 pm

WooHoo – great job on that PR!!!

Leslie October 17, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Shaving 4 minutes off your time in just a few weeks is HUGE! Congrats on a new PR. It sounds like you’re PR’ing with almost every race, too; which is awesome. From what you wrote here, it sounds like this was an awesome race to be in. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a formal warm-up session. The Husband and I usually just do a light jog around the block and some stretches.

Michelle October 19, 2014 - 6:28 am

Congrats on your PR! That is awesome!!!
I run an 8 miler in my town every year…it’s not a tiny race but they have it at the same time as our Village Fair Days and there is a 5k at the same time. Lots of people come in from out of town, but it’s a big community thing too and there are always people I know along the course and at the end tons of people cheering for you that know your name. I really enjoy it. I did run at 10k the other day with my friend yesterday too. 🙂

Carla October 19, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Way to PR! Sound like a very friendly atmosphere which is nice.

Kristina Walters October 20, 2014 - 5:24 am

Congrats on you PR! You are on fire! I have not done a race since September just work, work, and more work.

Tamara October 20, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Looks like a most perfect race! And I love that you danced. And no rain too!
Congrats on your PR!

Emmett October 20, 2014 - 10:19 pm

congrats on achieving a PR and having fun while doing it!!

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