Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted thousands of runners at the NYRR Queens 10K on Saturday, the third race in the NYRR Five-Borough Series. As you might remember the Queens 10K is not my favorite race here in New York City. This year though the Queens 10K wasn’t too bad, it was actually my fastest 10K ever. How that happened? Read my race recap:
Queens 10K: Always humid as hell
As expected the Queens 10K wouldn’t disappoint the 10,874 runners when it came to humidity. Sweet 93% humidity made the race hard as always. This year we got blessed with a cloudy morning though and temperatures in the upper 60’s. Compared to last years heat this was actually pretty amazing.
The Queens 10K’s course is flat as a pancake and normally something where runners should be able to run their personal best. My corral started at 7:55 am super smoothly. With a strong 10K from last weekend in my mind I knew I was very well prepared for this and felt confident. My strategy was to take it easy and run how I feel. Not too focused on my watch the whole time and more go with the flow.
Reasons for my personal best
Time went by pretty fast and this year it didn’t feel as hard as I expected it to feel. It might have been the temperatures, my amazing running buddy who literally almost passed out right after we finished (sorry again for leaving you behind in the end), my excellent on point training for this race or maybe I just felt great knowing I was able to let go of so much nonsense that weighed me down the past months right before the race? Mindset is everything. Who knows, maybe it was a perfect mixture?
Running the Queens 10K: There is so much to see
It was cool to run in Queens again by the way. I normally don’t come to run here, so it’s always fun to run somewhere where you’re not familiar with. Runners were able to check out the Citi Field where they play the U.S. Open and the Mets games, we also ran next to the Queens Museum and around the Unisphere at the very end of the race.
Right before mile 6 I checked my time. I realized that this race will be my fastest 10K ever. I felt super tired already, it was hard to breathe due to the humidity, but I practice sprints at the end of my runs in my training a lot which is why I was able to run under 6 min/mile at that point and just sprinted to the finish line.
Official time: 51:35 (more than 1.5 minutes faster than last Saturday’s Mini 10K’s race result).