August 30, 2014
63 days until TCS NYC Marathon
Tom Celic 4 mile race
Staten Island NY
Today I’m scheduled for 10 mimes total. It will be about a 3 mile run to the local park for a race which is the third and final leg of the Staten Island Triple Crown. I’ve raced in all so far and presently sit in 4th place in my age group. Very little shot at moving into 3rd place. The 3 guys in front of me are well ahead on points. But there are other things to race for today. Id like to get as close to or under 26 minutes if I could. Anyway the race was great. First mile easy. I knew hills were coming so I stayed conservative and still ran a 6:20ish mile. Mile 2 came with 2 significant hills. On the first one I went strong feeling good and passed a lot of people I knew I would pass eventually. They’re was a small break before the 2nd hill and again I passed several people as the herd started to thin out. The 2hills were killers. I ended up ad
Running a super slow 7 minute mile on mile 2. But then I kicked it into another gear. Passed a few more people, looked over my shoulder to keep them behind me. I had 1 more target and I zeroed in on that person for the last 800 meters. Closed the gap considerably but feel about 2 seconds short of catching them. Came in at 26:29 on my watch. No official time yet but I should be 10 seconds faster at least. A very successful run. I came 4th in my age group and finished 4th in my age group for the triple crown. I hung out for a little while talking shop with the other runners. Lots of local running clubs trying to get me to join but I politely declined.then I geared up for a 3 miler home to top of a10 mile day. No way I was going to run these at tempo. I’m beat.