No Sleep + Allergies = The McCarren Park 5k Recap

The Mccarren Park 5k

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.

The mccarren park 5k

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.

mccaren park 5k

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.  :)

mccarren park 5k

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!

How much sleep do you get before raceday? Have you had a tough allergy season?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Congrats Nellie on a job well done! No sleep and no food would have made me totally run out of gas before the half way point! You may not think it but you are a runner deep down. Keep at it and as you get better you will like it a lot more for sure!
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  2. WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! Great job Nellie!!! I’m so proud of you for showing up, even after that awful night. “They” say it’s the night before, the night before a race that really matters for sleep so…I guess you figured that out. I also love how you didn’t over exaggerate the “bumps!” I have friends who will tell me there’s a HILL and I’m like “um, where is the hill??” HA HA!!
    Can’t wait to run with you in Savannah….although I’m a little worried about how HOT and HUMID it’s going to be!
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    • That makes total sense. I will stop putting so much pressure on the night before!! I am worried too but did you see the park for the 5k route and the bridge for the 10k? it’s beautiful. I can guarantee you there won’t be any water stations so this should be VERY interesting.

  3. Yay for a great race and definitely looks like a huge success to me! Have a great weekend doing up now, Nellie :)
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  4. Nellie! I am in McCarren park often. My sister lives in Greenpoint. I love that park. And yes, I am done with allergy season. The bags under my eyes are ridiculous.
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  5. Awesome job to run the entire way!!!
    I thought I was having a lot of allergies that settled in my eye because it ran non-stop for a couple of weeks. Last Saturday during the race with Hunter I could barely see out of my right eye because of all the watering and it was causing a glare (I couldn’t touch my eye since my hands were covered in mud!!). Turns out I had a clogged duct in my eye – oops!
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    • ahhh! so interesting!! My eldest had that when he was 3 months old! It freaked me out!! I squeezed his inner eye and just like that! all clear!!

  6. You did great with considering no sleep and no breakfast and you jogged the entire race! Way to go! I hope I make it to this point one day.
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  7. these pictures make me want to sign up for a race!
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  8. Yay! Fantastic job! I still haven’t done 5k without stopping, so I’m very impressed. The Husband keep telling me it’s more of a mind over matter thing and this mind keeps saying “walk”. That, and I’m really upset so many bloggers I know have been to Maryland and I still haven’t met them! Only three more months to BBC! Have a great weekend!
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    • Thanks, I can only hope I can consistently do it! I try to run the race in little parts…usually I tell myself, just make it to the first mile and see how it goes from there…after that its 3 block phases until the end!

  9. Oh, awesome! And I hope you ate that post-race food like a champ.
    My allergies are so controlled because I start Flonase even before the season officially starts so my body fights the allergies. A few times this year, they were so bad, I had to do Zyrtec as well.
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    • Oh I did! I never eat bagels anymore (which is surprising since I am live in the bagel capital of the world!) however, I now only save it for treats after a race :) I need to run more races :)

  10. First off to do a race on no sleep…yeah you need an S on your chest stat Great job. My son has bad allergies we had a scare the other night I hope he grows out of it.
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  11. Congrats on a successful 5k! You are such a trooper! If I do t get sleep, I’m a cranky zombie! This season was terrible for allergies! I was suffering so bad!
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  12. I get my full eight hours most nights so that would be what I’d do before a race. I haven’t raced much this year but I think I need to change that.

    Great time considering all you went through the night before. Congrats!
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