I’m exhausted but in the best possible way. Once this blog post is over I’m heading straight to bed… my eyes are already fighting me! NO EYES, it’s not time to sleep yet. Geez.
So the Teterboro 5K was EVERYTHING I wanted it to be. Although running the Rider 5Ks were awesome, this was a real sponsored event that made me feel more like a true runner than I ever have before. Let’s go in order though…. from the beginning!
6AM I was up and ready to go and my dad and I had planned to leave at 6:30 in order to get to the airport for 7. While I waited for time to pass quicker, fueled myself with a piece of rye bread with almond butter and half a banana. The next race I run I’m going to eat more. About 20 minutes before start my stomach began grumbling at me. This didn’t affect my running at all but it still wasn’t the best feeling to have… lesson learned. Next time, I’m taking the bagel approach!
We ended up getting there waaaaaaay too early because I didn’t want anything to go wrong with what I’m considering the first REAL race of my running career. Starting time wasn’t until 8:30 so we had to wait around for a bit of time. At around 7:50 or so, my godfather comes waltzing in!
He’s also a runner and I actually had no idea that he had signed up as well. This guy meant business; I started out next to him at the starting line but he’s fast and beat my time by a full minute! Yaaaay for running families! ❤
I think my pace was pretty consistent throughout the race. However, the temperature was at LEAST 85 degrees, if not more, so it was a challenge to power through. I could definitely feel my body slowing down a little after mile 2 so the race became a test of mental strength. Had to just keep pushing myself and for what it’s worth, it DID work. It did also help that there were so many people around me. Everyone else was pushing themselves so it helped me to do the same. I knew that I could do it and, lo and behold, I did! When I was able to see the finish line up ahead, it was go time. The theme song from The Biggest Loser “Proud” played appropriately (because I set up my Ipod playlists to do such a thing) as I headed into a full-on sprint to finish.
Oooh man let me tell you, I felt that runner’s high and it was incredible.
- 3.1 miles
- Completed in 28:26
- Official race time 28:08
- Pace of 9:09
- Placed 449th out of 900
- Finished 6th in my age class!
I think those stats deserve a good ole’ HA BISKY! Considering the ridiculous heat, I’m very proud of how well I was able to do. Yay!
As I sweated all over the place I immediately headed over to the refreshments area. My intentions were to eat a real meal at home but for proper recovery purposes, food was a necessity. I grabbed a water bottle (my dad took two more for me), a fruit bar and a box of apple juice which I actually wasn’t going to have but ended up drinking it when I started feeling sick while I stretched. It did the trick!
See the blue band on my arm? That was my prize for being in the race 😉
After the ceremonies and acknowledging those who needed to be thanked, I was able to go home, shower and eat a bowl of fruit, yogurt and success! But not before getting my first real BAG O’ SWAG.
Along with a Teterboro t-shirt I also received a light bulb (LOL), a packet of sunflower butter, 4 bottles of water, free music downloads, corn cakes (LOL x2) and a few other fun things. Yes, I ran 3.1 miles, now give me free stuff! Hahahahaha.
Oh hello refreshing food, you’ve never looked better.
- A container of pineapple Chobani
- 1/2 cup Cheerios
- 7 cut up cherries
- 5 strawberries
- 1 tbsp almond butter
Probably the best thing to have after practically melting on an airport runway. Oh, and I had coffee as well and in true Kath fashion, I spotted a foam shape and HAD to take a picture of it.
(I saw it and shouted “It looks like a dog bone!!” Cate was sitting at the table with me and look on with distaste and decided against such a proclamation.)
And THAT is my adventure of the 13th Annual Teterboro 5K. I had an amazing time, will most definitely be running it again next year and have caught the racing bug once again!!
Spoiler alert: Next post will be the recap of Sam’s party and will feature TONS of food porn. You’ve been warned. 😉