I jogged to the start line as usual and got sweaty when I got to there. The temperature was 71°F, but it was a muggy morning today.
Today I participated in the Japan Day @ Central Park 4mile race.
It was one of the events in the Japan Day @ Central Park, which was the first Japanese promotional event in the Central Park. There were more Japanese runners than usual race.
The course of the race was typical 4 miler in the park. Start from east drive at 68th street head to north and turn to the left at 102nd street cut off to the west drive and head to south to 72nd street and turn to another left to the goal line at the middle of the cut off.
Today's target was to run the pace of between 6'10" and 6'15" per mile to finish between 24'40" and 25'00". I would like to break 25minutes.
Because recent races were so many of runners who started from the area much faster than his/her level, I lost a lot in the first mile to weave among those runners, I tried to line in front as possible and I did successfully.
Today I started so smoothly to ran the first mile in 6'01"; it was too smooth.
I tried to save my pace in the second mile and ran at 6'06".
I would like to keep the pace in the third mile, where I always lose some seconds. But I could not. The uphill mile was so tough, and it took me 6'30" there. I lost 15 seconds.
I tried to come back in the last mile. I did. I picked up my pace again and ran the final mile in 6'08".
The result was
0-1 6'01" / 6'01"
1-2 6'06" / 12'07"
2-3 6'30" / 18'37"
3-4 6'08" / 24'45"
I broke 25 minute for the first time. I thought that this result should be good step for my next target 10K race in July in which I planned to run at faster than 6'20" per mile.
My place was 64 of 4,594 runners, and 64 of 2,552 male runners. I ran faster than the first woman for the first time.