We were up early for the race today. This race benefits the Special Olympics New York and is one of the bigger races we do. It was also my very first 5K 2 years ago, so it is a little sentimental.
Had pre run fuel of banana oats topped with cashew butter and jam. Plus coffee.
Then we hit the road – too early!
Pre race face:
Lots of people milling around at the registration line.
There were 700 preregistrants (including me) and a huge line for race day registrants (including John). I would estimate around 1000 people or so.
The race corrals stop at a 10 minute mile, so we line up in the 8-9 minute mile because people always start further up that really should be farther back. This race was no exception. It took about 45 seconds to cross the start line, which gets added to your time unfortunately. There was a large clog at the beginning and when they called out time at 1 mile they said 11:50. I was surprised at that time because I know that I was running a much faster pace than that. I felt pretty good, although it was really, really humid out. Yesterday was cool, but today is upper 80s and humid, as in swimmingly so.
I was passing quite a few people, as expected. It wastes a lot of energy to weave around people. Maybe I should start farther up, even though I am no where near a 7 minute mile. Right before mile 2, there was a sound system going and it was playing the theme to Rocky. How awesome! I got a big smile and matched the pace. It gave me a good boost of energy.
Mile 2 and time called out was 22:15. Much faster pace, so I knew there was some fudge up with where they start the clock. Right then, a bunch of people passed me. I think when they hit the 2-mile mark, they pushed it, but then I passed them again a little later.
During mile 3, I had my pace music on the 6.5 mph pace for 5 minutes. I was drenched in sweat at this time and kind of wanting the race over at this point. 1/2 mile from the finish and I got a bit of a stitch in my side, but I just pressed on and crossed the line at a about 32:50. So, I don’t know what to think about that time, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I finished! Woo Hoo!
It’s also opening day for the Saratoga Race Track, and we were parked by the warm up track. See how foggy humid it is? This is post race and about 8:45 a.m. or so.
Horses are such beautiful creatures.
I didn’t have any post race snack, as we wanted an awesome bagel in Saratoga, but we did grab our swag bags and then went to the farmers market first.
Post race face. Little more awake here! I did mop off my face before taking this. Even my forearms and shoulders were sweating, so you know it was humid.
Such lovely produce.
We got some of these tiny plums. They look like cherries, don’t they?
They are very sweet and delicious!
I also picked up some hot peppers and patty pan squash.
Then it was time for Uncommon Grounds! I had a cinnamon raisin bagel with honey nut cream cheese.
View from Mount Bagel.
Yum. Best bagels around.
Can you believe all of this done by 10 am ??
Here was the swag bag from the race:
Plus a t-shirt. I am going to keep a few of the cookies and ship the rest off with John at his poker night, as the guys will eat those.
The drink is a cranberry/pomegranate one, but sweetened with Splenda. Booo…. John will get both bottles (we got identical bags!)
Trest of the day was spent mowing the lawn (too hot, good thing it is small), some weeding (too hot), porch sitting (too hot),
snacking because I didn’t want a sit down meal:
I ate each time I got hungry.
Watched the tour. 39 seconds Contador won by…..hmmmm…. that’s all I’m sayin’.
Afternoon hunger assuaging.
We are headed out for dinner now. I want an omelet and we don’t have any eggs in the house! Need that breakfast for dinner. Have a super evening!