My only hope for the race yesterday morning was to finish the 6.2 miles in under an hour. That would require a sustained pace of less than 10 minutes/mile. When I’ve run my 6.5-mile route in the past, I’ve usually come in around 1 hour and 10 minutes (an 11-minute mile). So, with the hope, but not the expectation, per se, that I would reach my goal, I quickly ate my breakfast (Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter, cinnamon, honey and a banana) and drank enough coffee to worry me about needing to stop during the race.
Ari and I drove into Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to meet up with Judy at the registration booth.
There was already a refreshment table out; I grabbed some water while Ari went straight for the Swiss Miss.
I wore the same outfit I had on at the Komen 5K… don’t need any surprises!
There were only about 400 runners; a particularly good size considering I wasn’t too familiar with the area.
Soon it was time for Judy and I to start warming up (and it was a little chilly out); Ari said goodbye and went home to practice.
We got up to the front of the line and decided we would run together, but if one of us wanted to race ahead, she should. I didn’t want to overexert myself too quickly, but I wanted to set a good pace. Good thing I brought some good tunes!
Mile 1: 9:34
Mile 2: 9:00
We managed to maintain about a 9-minute mile throughout the entire race. Judy likes to start off slowly, and I tend to peter out towards the end, so we were a very good match and really pushed each other. There were times, towards the end, that I wanted to walk (or throw up), but I didn’t want to let Judy down. When we rounded the final corner and I saw the finish line, I sprinted to the end, finishing with an official time of 55:47. Judy was a mere two seconds behind, at 55:49. (The top female won at 49 minutes; she is the red-headed woman in some of the photos above.)
Total distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
Total time: 55:47
Maximum heart rate: 193 (97%)
Average heart rate: 182 (92%)
Calories burned: 696
After making a quick bathroom stop, I got on the refreshment line and picked up some fruit. They were also serving bagels, but I wanted to wait until I got home and could have a real lunch.
We hung around to watch the awards ceremony, and is it lucky we did! Look who won FIRST PLACE IN HER AGE GROUP?
Congratulations, Judy!!! The second and third places were about 15 minutes behind Judy’s time. In case I haven’t bragged enough about her in the past, Judy has done dozens of triathalons all around the world, often placing in her age group. This was by far not her first trophy, but it was exciting nonetheless. On the way home, she was stopped and photographed by strangers on the street, including a group of French tourists on the subway. C’est super!
It ended up being a huge gadinx to get home from Bed-Stuy, and by the time I got off the subway I was ready to eat my leg. I knew the pickings in our fridge would be slim, so I stopped at the health food store to get a sandwich.
I thought this look like the Whole Foods chicken salad I love, but it ended up just being a wedge of iceberg lettuce, two slices of Tofurkey, and vegan mayo.
Thanks, but no thanks. I threw out the inside, saved the bread, and plopped on a Trader Joe’s Masala burger with hummus and tomato sauce. Yes, it may have been a little strange, but I was too hungry to try to figure something else out.
I also had a Blueberry Chobani.
After lunch, I’d planned on getting some work done, but I was so tired that I passed out in bed for the next two hours. It wasn’t exactly a “restful” sleep, and the only indication that I’d even shut my eyes was the different time on the clock radio. When I woke up, I was starving again, and had a bowl of Kay’s Naturals Gluten-Free Honey Almond Protein Cereal.
I ate the cereal with skim milk and 1/2 banana. It tasted a bit like eating air. Sweet air, but air nonetheless.
Unfortunately, right after I ate this, Ari got home and decided he wanted to go out for a light sushi snack. Don’t you hate when that happens? I went with him anyway, and we split some hot sake. We were celebrating Sunday!
I also had a piece of his sweet potato roll. I wasn’t hungry, but these things are so good!
Then Ilana, Ari and I decided to go to the movies to see Whip It. Before we left, I had a kiwi.
Ilana and I liked it, but Ari did not. It may not have been “brilliant”, so to speak, but I thought it was a cute movie. I saw the Roller Girls once in St. Paul, and it was so much fun! I want to do that again. At the theater, I ate the better part of a box of gummy bears.
After the movie, Ari and I took ourselves out to Locale for dinner using our Coinstar winnings. (Yes, this may have been the cause of my food poisoning, and yes, I did order seafood again on a Sunday. So be it.) We started with bread and olive oil…
We shared a bottle of Washington Merlot.
We split the warm mozzarella and olive appetizer, which was delicious. I have to do this at home… it’s so simple!
For my entrée, I ordered the grilled swordfish with broccoli rabe, purple potatoes, and artichokes in a chimichurri sauce (this was a special).
This was delicious. I ate about 2/3, and brought the rest home. You might see it later on grilled bread as a panini, or in spaghetti as a fancy pasta.
Ari ordered steak! He loves it so much. My mom is going to teach me how to make it perfectly for his birthday. He looks a little like a vampire here, no?
It was a splurge night in every sense of the word, but we were celebrating The Upwelling‘s upcoming European tour (they leave today), my successful race, and just, you know, life. So, we ordered the Peanut Butter Bomba to split for dessert. This is what we call a “tartuffo” at the restaurant I used to work in: peanut butter gelato covered in milk chocolate, with a chocolate center, and drizzled with chocolate and peanut butter. One thing I can always count on Ari for his love of chocolate+pb together. (I scraped off the whipped cream so it wouldn’t ruin his evening… too much white and creamy.)
It was a great day. The band will be touring for the next 10 days, during which I will be watching Charley and getting my life in order. Tall order? Nah. I have to start that now… this is going to be a very busy day. I’m very behind on blog reading and commenting; I hope to catch up in the next couple days, but please don’t be offended if it takes me a little longer than that. I’m a little stressed out right now, but I love you all very much.
Today is the last day to enter my Chobani giveaway… I will be closing the contest tonight at 10 PM EST so get those entries in!
Have a great day.