“Race to Deliver,” 11.22.15 aka #runningsucks

Yesterday Justin and I awoke at an unusually early hour (for a Sunday morning) of 6:30am for the “Race to Deliver” in Central Park, benefitting God’s Love We Deliver. I think it’s a great organization and the timing worked out perfectly. We’d had several weeks to prepare (aka running a couple of times per week) and I knew it wouldn’t be warm out anymore – yessss. 

We grabbed bananas and made our way to Central Park. We’d stayed up way-too-late watching the first episodes of The Man in the High Castle so we were running on about 5 hours of sleep – not the greatest idea to be honest. And it was chilly! My long-sleeved shirt was definitely not enough warmth when standing still. 

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We took our place among the 6,000 people running the race and just went for it. We ended up running the race in 40:52, which equates to 10:13 miles. Not too bad. I absolutely detest running hills so my quads felt like they were on fire every time we went up a hill. We just ran and ran and didn’t stop and it felt like shit most of the time (for me, at least) but we did it.

My reward was seeing a couple of corgis in the park as we were exiting. I almost died.

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Afterwards we treated ourselves to brunch at Jacob’s Pickles on the UWS. We arrived a little after 9:30 and we were shocked to still see a mass of people waiting outside for a table. Luckily we grabbed seats at the bar. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on biscuits with coffee, fruit, and hash browns. 

We might consider doing a 5 mile race next time – in the spring – but who knows. Running is pretty damn boring, but it’s a good way to burn calories and it’s not too bad when you’re running with a partner when you push each other to going farther than you thought you originally could.

My dude and I went on this run yesterday morning. I was keeping track on my iPhone and we ran this route until he gave the signal that we should stop. We’re running the God’s Love We Deliver 4 mile race in late November, so this was a good warm up. Last time we ran it was only 2 miles, so we upped our game. 

It felt really good and my heart rate monitor said we burned 477 calories. Good burn. We grabbed brunch at West End Hall on Broadway and 106th, a new beer garden with a fancy wooden version of Connect Four. The food was good and we were both pretty sore.

But it was totally worth it.

WTF. I requested number 24601. Someone’s getting an earful.

I ran my first race ever today. I never thought I’d run a race. It was a 4-mile race for the Central Park Conservancy in Central Park (duh). I started my GPS app a little before the start line whenever I started running and I ended up running 4.48 miles at 8’59"/mile, for a total time of 40:17. I walked for about thirty feet somewhere along the third mile and choked on water (almost) around the same place – though some extremely nice fellow racers stopped to make sure I was okay. They obviously knew I was a newbie.

Not bad, but I was really sweaty after. I also scored a spot in The Color Run 5k in Brooklyn next month which I’ll be doing with a couple of friends, so that’ll be fun. Truth be told, I’m doing it for the free sweatband, heh. I’m really excited for that one actually, except for the commute time. I’ll have to be up and out the door by, like, 6am.