Percy Sutton Harlem 5K

Is there seriously anything better than finishing a race that you met or exceeded your time goal for and feeling the runner’s high all day?! I really don’t think so. I even had to come right to work after and I’m STILL having a great day after!

One of the best parts of this race was that it was only 10 minutes or less from my apartment, directly off my subway line. I woke up at 6:00 A.M., laid in bed for another 30 minutes then got up, drank water and an iced soy espresso, foam rolled and was out the door. I got there a little too early for once in my life but enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous/perfect/amazing Saturday morning.

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I got my bib and t-shirt and sat on the grass for awhile with an hour to kill. I ended up having to use the porta potties 3 FREAKING TIMES. The nerves, which I barely felt compared to my other races in the past, I guess did me in. It was absolutely disgusting (the porta potties, as they always are) and I hate having to use them but ya do what ya gotta do. I ate a small banana about 40 minutes before the start, did some warm up drills and jogged a little bit, then got into my corral.

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I look like complete poop but I was tired. Also, I will never be someone who has amazing hair that looks good in a pony tail. It drives me crazy. Anyways! Go time.

As usual, I spent the first mile weaving in and out of people who should have started in slower corrals. No offense since I’m not exactly speedy gonzalez but know your speed and understand that people who are faster don’t want to waste time trying to get around you. The first mile was also really, really hilly. I did great on those because I train in Central Park, so I was able to get up and around a bunch of people and settle into my “groove”. Wearing my heart rate monitor, I had planned to keep it between 160-170 and figured that would bring me somewhere under a 10 minute mile for the shape I’m in right now. Um, no. The hills, hotness, direct sunlight, and nerves had my heart rate almost never below 170! It felt uncomfortable but not AWFUL so I never really slowed down. I looked at my RunKeeper app a few times and somewhere around 2.5 miles I realized I could go sub-30 minutes which was my goal. My heart rate was already 180 something or I think I could have sprinted and got it closer to 29 minutes, but I was SO happy with coming in at 9:40 average pace miles!

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The race was great. The course was beautiful and I never knew Harlem was so gorgeous and historical looking! My left leg didn’t bother me during the race at all, but I’ve been in pain all day with my hip down. I’m going to ice, foam roll and compression again tonight and aim for 7 miles tomorrow morning, super slow, before ALLIE comes to spend the day with me!! Tonight John’s taking me out for Thai food to celebrate followed by froyo, so this is basically the greatest weekend ever. 🙂

Hope you are having an amazing weekend! Have you ever ran a 5K?

Stolen Surveys.

The following are surveys stolen from two cute gals, Ashley and Beth, meshed together. I’ve only done 1 or 2 surveys on here, but I figured it would be fun and let’s face it: it’s Friday and my brain is barely functioning so I need some content to go on 😉 I’m also pretty nervous about my 5K tomorrow morning (ya know the fun pre-race jitters we all get) so trying to distract myself before going home and eating my pre-race ritual of cheese-less jalapeno pizza from Domino’s! Even though a 5K only burns off about 1.5 slices of that… can’t mess with tradition. Also, can’t say no to pizza. Evvveeerrr. Feel free to copy any/all of these in the comment section and answer them with your own answers! I’d love to read them.

What made you start your blog?

I started blogging in the beginning of high school because I love writing and yes, I love talking about myself. It ain’t no use in hiding it. This blog I started 2 years ago because I fell in love with reading other runner blogs!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

2 things come to mind… #1: absolutely nothing with people that I love like john and brenda, or alone. Like just laying in bed, talking, laughing and watching TV. Napping. Eating. Perfect. #2: Walking around the city all day shopping and eating with people I love. Easy to please, yo.

Pretty much my exact night stand set up.
Pretty much my exact night stand set up.

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What is your favorite food to eat?

Pizza. Always and forever.

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What is your favorite way to stay active?

Running!

first race Nov. 2011!
first race Nov. 2011!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

California, because I’m obsessed. Even though I’ve only been once. 

What is your favorite animal and why?

Not an animal person, but I love elephants. Babar was my favorite cartoon!

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What is your favorite movie?

Closer. Jude Law AND Clive Owen?! I still die.

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Sweet or savory breakfast?

9% of the time sweet (like oatmeal with PB I consider sweet) but I also love breakfast sandwiches with eggs, bacon or sausage. And homefries. With a looooot of hot sauce and ketchup. At a greasy diner. With coffee. Yum.

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How many rest days do you take a week?

I have no set #. I listen to my body and sometimes it’s 2, sometimes it’s 4, sometimes its a week off. And guess what? You won’t gain weight if you are still eating within your calories! In fact, I usually lose water weight and end up feeling stronger once I’ve taken a few days off. Don’t fear rest, ya’ll.

If you could meet any famous athlete, who would it be, and why?

Truthfully I don’t follow any sports nor famous athletes. I don’t run to compete but of course I admire professional runners!

What is your favorite restaurant?

This isn’t 100% for sure because I love SO MANY but I think my top would be Grey Dog. Amazing food, great atmosphere, and we go like 5 times a month.

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If you had to eat thing  for and entire month, what would it be?

Pizza. See above.

Do you prefer AM or PM workouts?

AM! Unless it’s cross-training, I can’t really run after eating all day without extreme stomach pains not to mention no desire to do anything but sleep after 10+ hour work days.

What is the farthest distance you’ve ran?

13.1 miles 🙂

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Many many many. All with my wonderful grandma who I miss every day.

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Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Wherever I am happy, working a job I love and surrounded by the people I love. Whatever that looks like in 10 years, I’ll be cool with.

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If you had to move to another country, where would you move and why?

Australia. I won’t let my life long dream of being a surfer girl (via Blue Crush) EVER die.

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Would you rather live in the country or in the city?

CITY. No country for this girl.

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?

A hair stylist. Like a really great one. Since I can barely brush my hair on my own, it would be so cool to have that talent!

What’s your favorite part of your body?

I like my legs.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people in my life know pretty much everything about me cause I am an open book! I guess most people don’t know my family life details because that I keep private.

If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

Exercise a lot and eat a lot (but not too much). Enjoy it all. It’s good for ya.

Name three things hanging out in your fridge door.

Sriracha, pickled jalapenos, and Frank’s. Can’t live with my hot condiments!

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Happy Friday night! I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with my 5K race recap! 🙂