This particular run started very late - 1pm - which meant I had a chance to go to pilates that morning! I love pilates! But I hadn't been there in weeks due to the two other 5Ks and the gym being closed for cleaning the 2 weeks before that. Here I am before pilates:
After pilates, I changed into my 5K outfit which consisted of spanx, covered by bike shorts & covered by workout pants. (That's right, I finally figured out the right combination of supportive lower body garments that eliminated the shaking/jiggling of my ample ass & thighs bouncing up and down with every step!) And I wanted to represent my neighborhood so I went with a cool Greenpoint shirt I bought a while ago, but never wore (because it's too big and the cotton is thicker/stiffer than I prefer).
I biked over to the starting point and while waiting to check in and get my bib, I was approached by a woman who identified herself as Jill. I knew immediately who she was based on a number of emails we exchanged this summer. It was nice to put a face with the name and be able to talk to her while I waited in line. Of course I also asked to get a photo, which she agreed to -
I checked in and took a few pics before the race began...
The starting line, with runners waiting -
Me at the start:
Shortly after that, the race began. I started off just running comfortably. I never try to go 'fast'. I strive for endurance, not speed. If I can pick up speed comfortably, that's fine. But it's not my objective. I'd rather be able to breathe and feel ok than to have to stop because I exhausted myself.
A few blocks into the run, we passed my favorite bike store, B's Bikes, and I was fortunate enough to see Ted outside. He called out my name and I high-fived him as I ran past. It was magical. (I don't have a photo of Ted from that day, but here is Alex, Me, Ted & Andre - my 3 favorite bike guys - who came out to celebrate my birthday with me this past August-)
Here I am running on Berry:
At the end of that block, I saw my friend Elaine and her husband Jeff cheering on the corner. I was so excited to see them! I stopped for a moment and asked him to photograph us together-
After that very brief stop, I continued on, reaching the 1 mile marker soon thereafter. The person with the stop watch called out my time as 11 minutes and 13 seconds. That was a pretty good pace for me.
We ran past my gym, the Greenpoint YMCA-
At some point, I got this great shadow shot of me running -
And eventually hit mile marker 2. The guy called out 23 minutes and change -
Shortly after that, who should I see again but my friend Elaine and her husband Jeff. I didn't stop to get a photo with them this time, but I did get a photo *of* them, cheering for me! How awesome!
And before I knew it, I was at mile marker 3. This woman called 31 minutes, 31 seconds (easy enough to remember since a 5K is 3.1 miles).
I knew something had to be wrong. There was no way I had increased my pace that much. Either the mile markers were inaccurate or they didn't all start their stopwatches at the same time. But it didn't matter. I was going by my end time anyway.
Soon after that I crossed the finish line and hit stop on my heart rate monitor. The total time read 33 minutes 29 seconds, which is a really great time for me; way better than I expected! And then I went and posed with the finish line and clock -
Jill was at the finish line (she had a super impressive time of about 25 minutes. Great job!!), and she was good enough to offer to exchange my super giant event shirt for her slightly less giant event shirt (they were out of the kids' sizes by the time I got there). Thank you, Jill!
I left the 5K and went home to model my t-shirt. You know, in keeping with tradition. But first I took an "after" photo. Not that this was the most strenuous of events, and to tell you the truth, I'm not even sure I broke a sweat, but here I am (sans workout pants):
And here are my traditional event t-shirt photos:
My heart rate monitor stats for the day were:
Total Time: 33 minutes, 29 seconds
Minutes in Cardio Zone: 33 minutes, 21 seconds
% of time in Cardio Zone: 99.76%
Average Heart Rate: 160
High Heart Rate: 175
Calories Burned: 315
It was a really fun run - I love being in my neighborhood! And what I love about events like this (and the bike tours) is to see people come out of their homes, or take a moment to stop what they're doing to cheer for us. Thank you to everyone that cheered us on!
After the 5K, I got changed again for a bike ride. Since it was unseasonably warm, I decided to wear one of my favorite tops, since I likely won't have a chance again until next year -
I then rode over to my favorite vegan bakery, Champs! (on Leonard at Ainslie) I treated myself to a vegan chocolate cupcake with PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING and a mini black and white cookie -
It was heaven!
Then I went into Manhattan for a bike ride. My main agenda item: Verizon Wireless. (If you follow me on Twitter, you know I had a lot of phone drama after the race - I did the 5K with my Droid tucked into my Spanx and apparently my sweat killed the phone. It would not start properly. Verizon couldn't fix it and pretty much told me that I'd have to buy a new Droid. For close to 600 dollars. I was devastated. DEVASTATED!!! I activated an old phone for the night and at the suggestion of many of you, put the Droid in a pile of rice overnight. By some cellular miracle, it worked! And my Droid started up normally today. I reactivated it and am so happy to have it back! Thank you all for that bit of advice. I can't believe it worked, but I'm thrilled that it did!)
Anyway, phone drama aside, I also wanted to visit my Dad at work - He hasn't seen me since Father's Day. In fact, he hasn't even seen photos of me. This was the first time he saw me since reaching goal weight and it's the first time he ever saw me look the way I do now/at this size. I think it's safe to say he was impressed.
I ran a few other errands, racking up 25 miles total for the day.
On my ride home, while cycling up the Brooklyn bound ramp of the Williamsburg Bridge, I took one of the best self portraits I've ever taken of myself on my bike. I can't believe the symmetry. And I love the lights on both sides of me -
(the new helmet is a brand called Yakkay. You can check them out/order them here)
When I got back to Brooklyn, I stopped by one of my favorite neighborhood bars, Matchless, so I could finally enjoy my post-event celebratory beer. (Yes, it was many hours later but I don't enjoy daytime drinking, so I waited...) On my way into the bar, I met a guy who recognized me from the run (and from the bus, apparently) and we spoke briefly. Then, while inside, 3 beautiful young women approached me. They also recognized me from the run and told me they cheered for me and that I looked great (I actually remembered them). It was very sweet of them to come over and tell me that.
I ordered my favorite beer, Brooklyner Weisse. And it turned out it was still happy hour, so that meant I had another free beer coming! Score!
Oh, and I'd like to mention that I kept to my word and did not order French Fries. (For the record, I *love* their fries!)
I suppose I should register for a 10K since these 5Ks feel like nothing. I'll make that my next running goal...
(the entire set of Flickr photos can be seen here)