This past weekend was chuck-a-buck full of running, friends, family and more running.
The first race I had this weekend was the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Purple Stride. The event which is an annual run/walk raised over $580k for Pancreatic Cancer research, awareness, etc. It was also my first 5k. YES. Girlfrennnn can train for a marathon but has never raced 3.1… Well all that changed on Saturday.
I don’t think I was prepared or knowledgeable on how to approach this “sprint distance.” The night before the race, Hubs and I went to dinner with his friend from the womb and his wife at this place in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ called St. Eves. Its BYOB sooooo we had a fair amount of vino (of course) and ate more then I am now used to eating. (Remind me, I still have to do a post on the Blue Print Cleanse for you…). But it was soooo good & compared to NYC prices, moderate. I loved the decor, very cozy, perfect for a baby/bridal shower too! It also did not hurt that we had a hilarious waiter to keep us entertained as if the wine wasn’t enough to do so. I love a good double date night and they are excellent company.
Saturday morning was cold and windy. I ended up running in shorts (dummy) and three shirts. THREE. Check out my “cool” running outfit below and note how it looks like I’m wearing a polo shirt with the collar popped. Its a mock-turtle-neck-zip-up jacket from Champion for Target circa 3 yrs ago. Get over it.
I approached this race as I do 99% of my races and went out too fast. Like, 7 minute mile fast… which is tiny bit too fast since I normally run high 8s. I’m still patting myself on the back for being a smart runner. This race took place in Riverside Park (NYC). To my surprise there were a fair share of hills, also not prepared for, which included an pretty steep incline in the first uhmm let’s say 500 yards. So I went out too fast and had to tackle a hill I was unprepared for. At this point the race can really only go down hill from here.
See what I did there?
I finished the race in 27 minutos, making my avg pace 8:45. Not bad considering I had no clue how to run this! Oh and I finished with a bloody toe… may be losing mah toe nail. #runnerproblems
- Look at race map/topography before said race
- Stop going out too fast
- Don’t excessively eat or drink the night before even if its “only a 5k” (they are harder than you’d think…)
- Brooks running shoes possibly cause bleeding toe nails
- Awkward family photos happen at races that involve step & repeats
- Posing awkwardly when having a bloody toe is the only way to pose
- I am short
Positive notes from this run:
- I met 3 new people who run and live in Hoboken (one of whom runs my pace, woo hoo! new running partner!)
- Spent time with one of my favorite running friends who lost his mom to Pancreatic Cancer
- Ran into my little sissy’s friend Pam!
- Wore fun items in a step & repeat
- Helped Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – NYC raise over $580k