Happy Monday. Who is ready for another week? I’m tired from this weekend so I sure hope the week goes by quickly 🙂
This weekend I hd two races on my calendar – St. Jude 5K on Saturday and the NYRR Bronx 10 Mile on Sunday. This actually worked perfectly for my Runner’s World Hat Trick training!
St. Jude 5K
When I first heard about this race, I signed up right away. This was the first time that the organization was holding a walk/run in Stamford. I love this organization and all that they do to help children battling cancer and their families. It’s one of those organizations where I wish I could do more because of all the great work that they do.
What was pretty cool about this race was the 11:00 a.m. start time. Luckily the temperature was very “Fall” like so it wasn’t too hot at the start. I appreciated the late start time because it meant I could get in a 10K on the treadmill before the race. I’m doing my Runner’s World Festival Hat Trick training on the weekends so I was very happy that I got to sleep in until 7:30, do my 10K, and then still have time to get ready for the 5K race. (For the Hat Trick you run a 5K and 10K on the same day, followed by a half marathon the next day).
We arrived to the race around 10:15 and it was very well organized. It only took a few minutes to get our bibs and find our friends. Below are some photos of the area reserved for the race.
|I really liked these signs as a reminder
of why supporting this organization
is so important
|Heartbreaking statistic 🙁|
Before the race, there was an opening ceremony filled with music, zumba and a warm up to get everyone ready for the run/walk. They also had a photo booth so of course the ladies of BGR Stamford had to get in on that! For some of the women in the group, this was their first 5K so I wanted to make sure that we got a great group photo before the race.
|Of course I chose to hold the duck because
I’m secretly 5 years old lol
|Throwing up the peace sign because….|
|My dad was a honorary member of BGR for the day!|
|My mom, dad and I after the race. It’s a family affair!
Hopefully my sister can join us for the next race!
|Group photo after the race!|
After the race I checked my phone and saw the below text from St. Jude thanking me…wait, they are thanking me?! I just thought that was so nice, but really I, and everyone else, should be thanking them!!
|Shirt, Bib and the medal I purchased for the ladies!|
Overall the race was very organized from start to finish. Bib pick up was a breeze and they had food and water available before and after the race. I also liked that they had entertainment and a Kids zone for the children.
I wasn’t sure how my legs would hold up for this race because I ran 9 miles the day before. I didn’t have any expectations since I have never run a 10 mile race before but I was hoping that I could try to come in around 1:40. Unfortunately I didn’t hit that goal due to a recurring issue with my right hip, but I did finish upright and that’s all that matters!
First up was my mom’s race at 7:30 a.m. Unfortunately I was waiting in my corral to start my race when she crossed the finish line so I was unable to see her cross the finish line, but my dad got this great photo of her right after she finished. Oh and she came in 4th in her age group – BOOM!
|My mom is so fly!|
So, about this race…it seemed super duper crowded for some reason even though there were only 9,000 runners (I’ve participated in larger races that didn’t seem as crowded for some reason)! I was hoping to run into a few friends from Instagram but I couldn’t find anyone. I was super bummed 🙁 Other people thought it was crowded as well so at least I know I’m not the only one that thought that!
|Nearing the finish line|
|My mom and I after my race|
|..because we don’t know how to be serious|
|This is my “I just got guaranteed entry into the
2016 NYC Half Marathon and TCS Marathon!” celebration jump
(it took a few tries to get the best shot, lol)
|Bronx 10 Mile t-shirt and medal|
|Close up of the medal|
As usual, it was a another great NYRR race. Their races are always organized so I never really have any complaints. There was also Gatorade, water, bagels, apples and granola bars available after the finish.
Also, don’t forget to enter my Dr Cool Giveaway and to vote for me for the Bibs2Bags contest!