I don’t even know where to start with this race…or this trip to NYC in general. It was so amazing and ridiculous at the same time that I don’t think words can do it justice.
Here we go.
I was prepared for the weather and for tackling the obstacles (equipment-wise). I felt perfect in terms of body temperature for the duration of the race. I wore compression socks to help out my sore ankles/shins/calves that have been hurting for days. I also bought football gloves to help out with the monkey bars and parallel bars (who knew football gloves were sticky?).
The race was a lot of fun. Despite the terrible weather, I love the idea of an obstacle race. It definitely gives you a “break” from running and something to look forward to. It was sometimes terrifying to see an obstacle up ahead but once you got there, it was loads of fun.
The people running the race were awesome. The crowd was way different from a lot of other races I have run. The Urbanathlon attracted a huge variety of people who weren’t JUST runners. All sorts of athletes came out and tackled this course with so much power. What I also loved was that everyone helps each other out. I couldn’t get over the 5-foot hurdles on my own but I paired up with a really nice girl who gave me a boost over all six of them.
I ate cuban food (Dean’s choice) and rice pudding (chocolate chip flavour topped with toasted coconut and coffee crumble) the day before the race. Not a good idea. I had cramps for probably the first 3-4 miles. Grease + sugar is not the best pre-race combo for fuel. I know better than to put weird food in my body the day before a run.
The weather (lots of rain) sucked big time and affected a lot of things. There were puddles EVERYWHERE and for the first three miles people were trying to avoid them and tip toe around them which slowed a lot of people down. I know I didn’t really have a time goal for this race but knowing I could have finished faster is a bit frustrating. After getting down and dirty in the first couple of obstacles people finally stopped caring and ran/splashed/trotted through puddles like crazy.
There was no festival or post-race fun. Once people crossed the finish line and realized how cold and wet it was outside, it was over (plus, snow was starting to come down). Most people pretty much bolted. I didn’t get any food, drinks, nothing. I grabbed my bag, changed into dry clothes, and hopped on the subway back to the hotel.
I have almost no pictures from the race. It is nearly impossible to carry a camera and complete obstacles at the same time. I relied on the photographers but as of right now, there are only two photos of me on the race website and I’m not even completing any of the obstacles (I’m just running). Boring and disappointing.
I finished in 1:34:56… Although I had no time goal, I still had 1:30 in my head. I know I could have gotten a sub 1:30 but I think being backed up for a small part of the race and also a little bit of hesitation at some of the obstacles cost me a bit of time. I will get it next year though! I am proud of myself for tackling this race. It is something that I never EVER thought I could do. I know exactly what I need to work on for next year (STRENGTH) so that is going to be my focus because I know I’ve got the running down!
I am really proud of Dean, who finished in 1:13:27. He is a rockstar and smoked a lot of the guys in the “elite” first wave 😀
More on NYC (the non-racing part) tomorrow!