The Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness – 10K

On Sunday I ran in the Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness with team hrt4bryan.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life

Its been about 2 years since my friend Bryan received a heart transplant after being being diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy about 10 years ago.  You can read about his story here http://hrt4bryan.blogspot.com/.   Bryan RAN in the 5k! What an amazing accomplishment!!! I was so incredibly proud of him. OH! and he designed the shirts himself… talented & adorable!

Bryan Post 5k

Bryan Post 5k

In his honor and to support organ and tissue donation awareness Hubs and I signed up to run the 10K, then we walked a 3K with the whole team afterwards.

The race took place in Philly along the Schuylkill River. Since we had to drive to Philly, Hubs and I decided to call up my Nana & Papa and invite ourselves over for dinner and a sleepover.  They live not too far from Princeton so it was a nice opportunity to spend time with them outside of planned family events.  My mom and Mr. Ted joined us as well.   I seriously have the cutest grandparents.

Nana & Papa

Nana & Papa

Back to the Race – the course was flat, it was a gorgeous day (a little breezy but nothing like the day before) and I was familiar with the route from the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon.

Having learned my lessons from the 5K debacle the day before, I went out slower than I ultimately wanted to run. (Goal was sub 55 min 10K).   There were A TON of people at the starting line all running different paces, so I spent time weaving in and around all the other runners.  My first mile was 8:50.  MUCH better than the 7s from the day before.  See! I’m applying my lessons learned to future races!! (wont last long but I am savoring the moment for a wee bit).

Friends Post Race

Friends Post Race

The first 4 miles I was flying and felt fantastic, legs were on point, breathing wasn’t too labored, pace was sub 8:30s.  … andddd at around mile 4 I got a stitch/cramp whatever you call it on my right side.  I tried several things, changing my stride, adjusting my breathing, grabbing water.  NOTHING worked. ahhhhh! so frustrated. I continued on knowing I only had 2.2 miles to go at that point and could just suck it up.  Those were the LONGEST 2.2 miles of my life.  I ended up walking through a water station (true story).  Pulling over to the side to stretch it out  Then with .5 left to go in the race but still keeping my pace up, I pulled over to stretch again and my running angel showed up.  She grabbed my arm and said “C’mon you’ve been running with me the whole time, you cant give up now. We got this, don’t think about it.”  I then asked her name, and some questions about who she was to keep my mind off the run (this tends to be a really phenomenal remedy as the mind is my worst enemy).  She and I ran it in together and then went our separate ways.

Thank you running angel… you helped me reach my sub 55 min goal and a personal record with a time of 54:36.

It was a wonderful day spent with friends & running!

AND the best part was that the Dash raised over $400k for this amazing cause.

team hrt4bryan

team hrt4bryan

NYC PurpleStride 2013 & My first 5k!

Hiya!!

This past weekend was chuck-a-buck full of running, friends, family and more running.

PanCan PurpleStride 2013

PanCan PurpleStride 2013

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.

Will & I at PurpleStride2013

Will & I at PurpleStride 2013 being silly & my bougie popped collar

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

PanCan Purple Stride 2013 Race Results

PanCan Purple Stride 2013 Race Results

Lessons Learned:

  1. Look at race map/topography before said race
  2. Stop going out too fast
  3. Don’t excessively eat or drink the night before even if its “only a 5k” (they are harder than you’d think…)
  4. Brooks running shoes possibly cause bleeding toe nails
  5. Awkward family photos happen at races that involve step & repeats
  6. Posing awkwardly when having a bloody toe is the only way to pose
  7. 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
    Will, Hubs, Me & New Running Friends at PurpleStride2013

    Will, Hubs, Me & New Running Friends at PurpleStride2013

    Will & I at PurpleStride2013

    Will & I at PurpleStride 2013 & my awkward leg