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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 10k Race Recap

by Nellie

 

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 10k Race Recap

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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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10 comments

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 🙂

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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! ;(

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Kim October 17, 2014 - 4:37 pm

WooHoo – great job on that PR!!!

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Carla October 19, 2014 - 3:54 pm

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

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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.

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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!

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Emmett October 20, 2014 - 10:19 pm

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

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