Cold Feat 10k race review

The awesome swag. The cool cozy hat you get for registering in the race, reclaimed wood 3rd place medal medal and my prize the book

This past Saturday, February 18, 2017, I participated in one of the Staten Island running communities favorite races.  Why is it so popular?  Maybe because it is a 10k, maybe because it’s in the middle of February, or maybe because it’s in Staten Islands largest Greenbelt.  I think it’s all 3!  But whatever your reason is, our running community is getting bigger and more adventurous.  More and more people are getting into running and enjoying being in nature.  

Here’s the map of this years course

The Cold Feat 10k race is in its 7th year. The first race was held in 2010 in nearly 2 feet of snow but that didn’t deter participants and continues to attract more and more runners.   The race fee helps support the not-for-profit Greenbelt Conseravancy mission to offer environmental education initiatives for children of all ages and abilities. The Conservancy, which works in partnership with NYC Parks, also leads trail maintenace and beautification projects that help keep the Greenbelt trail system in great hiking and running condition. You can find more info about their programs which are held throughout the year on their website www.sigreenbelt.org (and there you can also download the trail map).

LaTaurette house, a stately Federal style brick structure built in 1836 which serves as a clubhouse, became a landmark in 1968

The race starts and finishes at the federal style David LaTourette House located in the LaTaurette Golf Course on Richmond Hill Road.  The course itself changes every year. This was my second time running this race and it was definitely different from last years course.  We started running down the big hill on the golf course which took us to the multiuse path by Forest Hill Road and then onto the single track trails.  The course did not disappoint.  It had it all: steep uphills, winding downhills,  loose rock, mud, snow, sharp turns and loopy loops and who can forget those dreaded blue trail stairs.  Agh, just thinking about those now makes my legs scream.  The course was meticulously laid out to make sure we get the whole trail experience which made the finish that much sweeter.  I wasn’t feeling my total self that day.  I have been battling a sinus cold all week and not getting much sleep. Waking up that morning I did not feel victorious so I decided to do my best and kind of go by feel.  After the gun went off and running down a steep hill with the sun warming us up and the temperatures rising above average gave me a boost I needed.  I don’t usually take off running my fastest because I don’t want to burn out but during a single track trail race you kind of want to find the group with similar pace.  I run with a GPS fitness watch with heart rate monitor which is nice because you have so much feedback like speed, distance and HR.  Well, my HR was so high I had to take some walk breaks up those hills but as soon as it was bearable I gunned it again.  The race had 1 water stop by the nature center about half way through the race, which I decided to take advantage of and walk while drinking.  Now it was the home stretch so up the slope toward the finish line I went.  I caught up with a nice pace group whom I stayed with till the finish.  Running up to the finish line I see my husband yelling to me to speed up because I’m the 3rd female coming through.  What?  No way! Impossible! But I sped up crossing the finish line at 58:16 with 9:22 pace.  So he was correct to my complete shock I was 3rd female overall-pretty sweet!   At the awards ceremony I was gifted with a beautiful medal made from wood, no doubt from our own downed Greenbelt trees, and a wonderful book High Rock And The Greenbelt-The Making of New Tork City’s  Largest Park by John Mitchell, which I started reading today.  I’m still savoring my winnings today and flying high from the endorphins but running with my friends in my favorite place makes this victory that much sweeter.  And of course a special shout out to all the Greenbelt staff, volunteers, and first responders, Dorothy Reilly and Nancy Cofrancesco who made this race possible.                              
Awards ceremony
                     

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Yasia Sorbo

Growing up in Kiev, Ukraine I was a super energetic kid so I always was involved in some kind of sports. But I had trouble focusing so ended up always switching sports. But the luv of moving stuck with me. I started out ice skating, moving onto swimming-which actually warranted me being on the Junior Olympic Swim Team, and short distance track running. While being involved in sports helped tire me out a bit the training was boring and didn’t have that spark. One day when I was 7 I got a pair of roller skates and man oh man did I fall in luv with those. I loved them so much I would roller-skate everywhere.
After immigrating to U.S. I became preoccupied with becoming American and soaking up all the things that I couldn’t experience before so my luv for sports fell by the wayside. I tried to exercise but it wasn’t consistent. After I was able to get some money I bought myself a pair of rollerblades. We lived in Bensonhurst so I used to go by the promenade and rollerblade there.
After getting married and gaining newlywed 15lbs I decided to join a gym and lose some weight. Well, that was it! I fell in love with weightlifting and how it was transforming my body so much that I became a Personal Trainer. One day after scrolling thru Muscle Fitness magazine and Oxygen magazine and seeing these beautiful strong women I became intrigued with the way they look and decided to sign up for a Figure/Bodybuilding competition. I hired a trainer (who later became a very close friend) and embarked on this new journey. The training was tough and the diet was brutal but the rewards were great. I met another trainer with the same passion for bodybuilding who worked at the Reebok Sports Club (now Equinox) and invited me to check out his gym. That was an experience in itself and I was fortunate to be hired.
After a couple of competitions I decided to retire from Figure competitions and concentrate on having a family. I had to overcome some health issues first. While rehabbing my body back to health so to peak, I learned about this wonderful school-Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I was so intrigued by their philosophies that I decided to sign up for the course. In the middle of my semester I became pregnant with my fist child. After graduating I decided to dedicate my life to being a mom. Working out all thru my pregnancies definitely helped me stay healthy and strong to deal with demands of motherhood. After My daughter was born I wanted to get back in shape and so I started running. I fell in love with being outdoors and exploring. I ran my 1st race in March 2013, and my fist Half Marathon, Staten Island own, in October 2013. I have been running ever since.