The Saturday after I got to go on a date with Denzel Washington I woke up and ran the McCarren Park 5k. The night before however was exceptionally eventful.
Unfortunately I have a foreclosed house across the street from me that has been transformed to a party house. The noise from the unbelievably loud party was so insanely loud that I could hear every song clearly. Couple that with the 5 year old having several nightmares–there was very little sleep. I contemplated called my girlfriends and canceling but then I remembered… I picked up the running packet for one of them. So I decided to run, walk, whatever to make it across the finish line regardless of my very lack of sleep.
The McCarren Park 5k was my first ever road (timed) race. I’ve run in many different places like parks, and even on airport runways but never around an actual neighborhood. In Baltimore for Fitbloggin 12 (you know, the one where I got lost?) the route was on the road but it wasn’t timed.
I met my forever running buddy Yonique and we took a short train ride to the other side of Brooklyn to meet the bestie. When we arrived there was a live DJ and plenty of folks ready to run. As you guys know, I am not an elite runner. I run for the fun of it. However, looking around the crowd folks were really ready to run. This was a serious race that I happened not to be taking seriously.
I didn’t know how my body would react to no sleep and no breakfast. I figured I’d end up walking lots, but even if I was the last one to cross I would cross the finish line no matter what. It was also an incredibly unbearable day for allergies (which I normally never have) yet there I was sneezing and itching my eyes minutes before racetime. Yuck.
When I started running I felt really good. I had a light jog going as usual and by the time I reached mile 1 I still felt reasonably good. I remember how hard mile 2 was for me in the Cinco De Mayo run so I was expecting to run out of gas around then. Fortunately I kept going! There were some miniscule hills (I guess you can call them bumps?) but it was super fun to keep running and making turns exploring the neighborhood. Plus it was along the route of the ING marathon so in my head I was totally running 26.2…it sure felt like it anyway!
I am happy to say that I did not stop ONCE! I jogged the entire race which was the first time I did that since JFK last year. I’d almost say I was improving. Can you imagine if I actually trained for these races? The sky would be the limit! I totally don’t love running that much though. I just 5ks. Oh well.
As usual, after every NYC RUNS race there are bagels, bananas and water provided and a program afterwards. The race raised funds for the St. Nicks Alliance and had a great turnout. I got my race results and hour after the race via email (quick!) and I came in at 37:10 barely faster than the last race a few weeks ago but I was happy to run without stopping.
On to the Fitbloggin 5k in 2 weeks! I am so looking forward to running all over Savannah!