Originally this was supposed to be a story about how I volunteered and participated in the same race. Unfortunately, the weather gods dumped between a foot and two feet of snow on NYC Friday (yes, the weathermen are now giving snow reports here in feet!) so I wasn't able to make it into the NYRR office to hand out tee shirts and race numbers for this race last Friday. There are other opportunities for indoor volunteering that I'll be hopping on instead though.
This latest snow also added logistical challenges for this race since I now had to pick up my number race morning and to find a space to park. Most of Brooklyn seemed to still be digging out so the street parking places were few and far between in the area around Prospect Park. After about 15 minutes of searching I luckily found a spot not too far away from the start of the race.
My daughter was racing this race with me so we trekked over to the start corrals. We ran into a few friends and she decided to run with them for a bit once the race started. I wasn't running (again) but I figured I couldn't injure myself more than I already was hurt so I decided to try jogging for a minute of every five to see how that went. It worked out OK and the 4 miles went by fairly quickly. This race counts as number 2 done of the 9 required to get into the 2011 NYC Marathon (hey, I gotta keep hoping for a recovery).
The official stats shows me finishing at 55:05 - not bad since I was mostly walking. I was a little tight afterwards but no major increase in pain. Hopefully it will stay that way and the doctor will give me some promising news this week on the injury front.