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.
Ilana had a bowl of Mueslix, Puffins, and a banana.
We were tired, but 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!
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…
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!
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.
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.
We headed over to the swag tents…
Found out some more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation…
Sampled Fuze (too sweet for my tastes)…
… and came home with POUNDS of swag.
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.
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.
In honor of my dad and grandparents, who are in Nice eating the real deal, I enjoyed a slice of baguette with butter.
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!
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.