Susan Komen 5k Race for the Cure Recap

Good afternoon! Thanks to all of your wonderful support and comments, Ilana and I had a great race this morning.

Although we both managed to be in bed early- before 11:30- I had a terrible time trying to sleep, I was so excited! I woke up at 1:30 and thought it was time to go… I made the same mistake twice more at 4:30 and 6:30.  When it was finally time to get up, I was pretty tired! I still bounded up, walked Charley, and sat down to a pre-race breakfast.

I had a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, cinnamon, a banana and honey with a cup of coffee.

Pre-Race Fuel

Ilana had a bowl of Mueslix, Puffins, and a banana.

Ilana's cereal

We were tired, but ready to race!

Ready to race!

We packed all of our necessities and hopped on the subway.  We found the Museum of Natural History, and made our way to the starting line outside the front of the building… along with 25,000 other racers!

25000 starting line

You can see that I decided to bring my camera after all… I ran with both my iPod and camera in my right hand, leaving my left free.  Hopefully I’ll have a new iPod for the next time!


We played around a little…

Jump before the race

Fierce Ilana


Ilana stretching

LVP stretching

Then we got in line.  They were broken down by pace, so I decided to try and push myself and got into the 9-minute mile lane.  Worst case, I’d fall behind!

LVP numbers

We listened to speeches by breast cancer survivors, Uma Thurman, Gabrielle Union, Gov. David Patterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Cyndi Lauper (among others), who sang the National Anthem.

Komen 5k speakers

I started off pretty fast.  Every article I’ve read about racing has said not to do this, but I couldn’t help myself.  I was excited! I ran past the first mile-marker and saw that I’d been running for 9 minutes and 30 seconds. Woohoo!

I started getting a stitch in the middle of my right ribcage during mile 2, but remembered what K said and inhaled through my nose, exhaling through my mouth.  It still hurt, but eventually went away.  I finished my second mile at 17:30, making that an 8-minute mile. What?!

Although I knew the end was in sight and that this was not the longest distance I’ve run, my legs started getting tired.  Adrenaline pushed me on, though, and I sailed through the finish line after 27:40, with an average pace of  8:55/ mile.  That is definitely a PR for me!

Ilana and I found each other, sweaty but victorious.

Post-race sweat!

We headed over to the swag tents…

Swag tents

Found out some more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Komen money

Sampled Fuze (too sweet for my tastes)…

Fuze sample station

… and came home with POUNDS of swag.

Swag Bag

We immediately broke into our samples of Dove milk chocolate… I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan, but this was a pretty sweet reward.

Dove chocolates

When we got back to the apartment, we were tired and hungry.  We decided to enjoy a celebratory lunch at Picnic!  We sat outside to dog people watch.

Picnic Flowers

In honor of my dad and grandparents, who are in Nice eating the real deal, I enjoyed a slice of baguette with butter.

Picnic baguette

Ilana and I both ordered the same thing: quiche & salad.  I had the Alsatian Tarte, which was filled with potatoes, leeks, onions, and gruyère cheese. It was a great post-race treat!

Alsation tart and salad

When we got home, we fell into bed and slept for a couple hours.  As Ilana said, “That’s what Sundays are for!”  I agree.


23 responses to “Susan Komen 5k Race for the Cure Recap

  1. Congratulations!! I’m glad to hear that it went well. 🙂

    (For the record, armbands aren’t all they’re cracked up to be… I think most of them are designed for men, which makes them too big, but if I wrap the band over my MP3 player, it’s too tight… which kind of renders it useless. Oh well.)

    ❤ ❤

  2. Congrats on the new PR. It seems that with the right mind frame, you can get through anything, right?

    I’ll have to put Picnic on my list for the next time I’m in the city. That tarte looks delicious.

  3. Congrats on the PR Katie, great race and it’s for a great cause too.

  4. Congrats on the PR! I loved your comment about dog watching. When I eat outside, I always enjoy the dog watching as much as the people watching.

  5. Yay! So glad it went well- HUGE congrats on the PR 😀 You ROCK!!!!!

  6. i love reading race recaps! so exciting. nice job on the

  7. ….PR! oops pressed submit too soon haha

  8. Yay, Katie, I’m so proud!
    Man, remember where you were a year ago? Nice work! (But please, still be careful on that bad leg!!)

    ps nice mug

  9. Great blog, I felt Iwas there. Great run. You nailed it. The post race meal was tres chic.

  10. I’m glad the breathing technique helped a little bit! You guys look great – CONGRATULATIONS!! Way to go with your PR!

    That quiche is drool worthy!! Hope you get lots of relaxation today 🙂

  11. awwwwww congrats girl! So exciting and hooray for the swag bags! Enjoy the res tof your Sunday

  12. yay for fun races! great job.

  13. Congrats on the race!

  14. Congrats on your PR! They always say that it’s not the night of sleep before your race that counts, it’s the one preceding that. I try to remember that when Im tossin n turnin the night before the big race. I’ve also read that sort of stomping the foot on the side of the sidestich while exhaling forcefully thru your mouth works. Yoga breathing works for me but just wanted to pass that along.

    And in regards to the comment you left on my bloggie, I’d love to have you closer to have some dessert with me…too bad we don’t live closer. Darn!


  15. OMG I am doing that same exact race on September 26th! I can’t wait!

    Great job, girl…that is an awesome time!! Glad you enjoyed it!


  16. southerngracesblog

    Congrats on the race, my love!!!!! I am so glad you had such a great time 🙂 Your quiche at Picnic looks SO yummy!!! Happy Sunday night, love.

  17. wooo! you did awesome!!

  18. AMAZING! Wow you were flyin girl! Congrats! You look absolutley breathtaking after the race 🙂 Seriously! So healthy!

  19. Congrats on the GREAT race!! That is completely awesome!

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  21. Congrats girl! That’s such a great PR! 🙂

    You look adorable in all those pre and post-race pics! And yum. Toast + bananas + honey + pb sounds like the perfect breakfast (or dessert) to me!

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