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NYRR New Balance Bronx 10 Mile 2019

The NYC Half Marathon requires running four out of six borough races in order to get an automatic entry. With three races down and a fourth needed to get into the 2020 NYC Half Marathon, I woke up early last Sunday to run the NYRR Bronx 10 Mile race.

It had been a few months since I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and my running over the summer was less than the previous year, but I woke up early and headed out to the Bronx to do my best.

As the race started, I was feeling good. The first three miles up the Grand Concourse were gradually uphill, and posed a minor challenge, but I was able to push through and run at a comfortable pace for the first 5k.

Around the four mile marker we turned left onto the Mosholu Parkway, giving our out and back a T shape. A short run up the Mosholu Parkway S before hitting a U turn and heading down the Mosholu Parkway N to the 5 mile marker.

It was around the time of the hill back onto the Grand Concourse at about five and a half miles that my stomach began to be upset, throwing off my race. With about four miles to go, I was forced to slow down or walk parts of the race, but I was determined to finish the race, no matter how long it took me.

It felt like a struggle to continue at times, but ultimately I made my way back down the Grand Concourse and turned right for a quick downhill to the finish line to complete the race.

While my finishing time of 2:01:05 was a far cry from the previous year’s PR, I was happy to have been able to finish my last race of the year. With its completion, I am now able to run the NYC Half Marathon next year and look forward to racing again in 2020.

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