NYRR did something interesting this year. The Queens Half Marathon morphed into the Queens 10K. The half marathon series is now the 5 borough series. The one thing that HASN’T changed from the last three years is the heat. Once again it was in the upper 80’s, and probably 90’s by the end of the race. This is particularly noticeable when running around the lake in Flushing Meadows park, where there is little shade. The biggest advantage for me with this race is that this is the only one I can walk to the start. The extra sleep time is well appreciated, even if I have to give it back for Staten Island later in the year.
I knew this one would be difficult due to the heat, so I really didn’t push it. I was actually pleasantly surprised that I had a pretty easy time all things considered. This is basically the beginning of marathon training, as the New York City Marathon will be in early November.
Almost as compensation for this no longer being a half marathon (but still costing the amount of one), we got a medal at the end (just like the one from the Brooklyn Half). I think this is a good change for the borough races. Of course, it is ironic that the first race of the series, the Manhattan Half, didn’t get a medal, despite taking place in very heavy snow.
Good race, bad temperature, but at least it was down the block. And I have to represent for Queens.
Finish Time 1:12:37, Pace 11:42