I thought Staten Island was a flat place, with new housing - -sac and everybody waived flags.
- Mile 2 on this race contained a (UP) that had a "Truck use low gear" sign. We came back down, but I was not really ready.
- The race passed some beautiful old neighborhoods. With sidewalks!
- Everybody waived flags. It was Independence Day. I should stop jumping to conclusions.
5 miles is a great way to start the 4th of July. Bang out a quick race and still have time for afternoon/evening festivities!
The fact that my coach encouraged team participation made it even more fun. I am not the kinda guy that medals but it was satisfying to know that I was giving a ride to someone who did win an award.
The local City-Councilman helped give out the awards. I assumed when he was handed the microphone he was gonna make a long-winded speech. Wrong again. He gave the age group trophy to the 80-85 year old Male. The winner was his High School Track Coach. The man continued to coach the team after he was laid off in 1977. That's dedication.
Anyway, I wanted to break 45 minutes. I knew there would be hill, so I did not think I would have even spits:
Mile 1: 8:30
Mile 2: 9:32
Mile 3: 9:53
Mile 4: 8:25
Mile 5: 8:43
Guess where the hill was?
At 45:05 I had 5 more seconds of fun running this race, than I planed. Can't wait till next year!