My Last Race of 2018: The Ted Corbitt 15k
On a chilly Saturday morning, the alarm went off at 6:00AM. It was time for my last race of the year – the Ted Corbitt 15k in Central Park. This race completes my 9 NYRR races in 2018. I’m volunteering at the Midnight Run on December 31st which will complete my 9 + 1 challenge and allow for guaranteed entry for the 2019 NYC Marathon.
I didn’t have too many goals for this race. The main reason I ran the Ted Corbitt 15k was to complete my 9 + 1 program. My goals were very simple this time around:
- Complete the race
- Have fun
- Cross the finish line smiling
I’m happy to announce that I did all 3 and more. I unexpectedly PR’d for the 15k distance on Saturday. I completed the 15k in 1:10:44 for a 7:36 average pace per mile. I’m really excited about the new PR and attribute it to two items:
1.) The Weather
Historically, I always run better when it’s colder. The majority of my PRs have occurred during cold weather. Yesterday was no different as it was 26 degrees during the race. I started off with a jacket, beanie and gloves but ended up giving my wife the jacket and gloves on the second loop as I was getting too hot. That was the right decision as I automatically felt better and lighter.
2.) No Pressure
It’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself to always perform at a high level. For the NYC Marathon, I put a lot of pressure on myself to hit my goals and for whatever reason, I fell flat. For my races in December (this one and the Jingle Bell Jog 5k), there were literally zero expectations or pressures besides finishing the race. I told myself that as long as I crossed the finish line, I did my job. Without any added pressure or drive to hit a PR, I locked in during the Ted Corbitt 15k and focused solely on running. I felt strong, my legs felt good and I glided with other runners in my corral.
This year was filled with highs and lows, but I finished it on a high with a new PR!