Join the Voices 5M Race Recap

My thoughts going into this race were as follows:

I’m exhausted.

My feet hurt.

I want sleep.

Ugh.

Boo running.

I hate you 9+1.

My thoughts after this race were as follows:

I’m exhausted.

My feet hurt.

I want sleep.

I’m uplifted.

I’m happy.

YAY I LOVE RUNNING AND FRIENDS.

Back to the beginning…after two late nights of dancing and singing and tailgating and dancing and singing some more…

Just so you know, Dave Matthews and I had a moment. Eye contact and everything. Swear.

…I was not super excited to participate in race #8 of my 9+1. Driving into the city was not my first choice of Sunday activities on a dreary, foggy morning. Not after an amazing (and late) night and about 4 hours of sleep, that is. However, from the start of my day, things went so smoothly that I was perpetually wondering if I missed something. The drive was only about 45 minutes door-to-door. (Considering my daily commute is 2 hours, an easy 45 minutes is phenomenal.) I thought I might get to Central Park and find out the race was the day before, or walk back to my car post-race to find that it had been towed. (I pulled right into a FREE parking spot only two blocks from Beth’s apartment. IT WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. But amazingly, it was legit and I didn’t have to pay a visit to a sketchball towing company with $200 cash.) +1 for me.

Now, back to that whole race thing…

I met Beth in her neighborhood and we walked to Central Park together. We met Annie, Jen, and Nicole near the starting line, and I think we pretty much all had the same feeling about the race. “Ugh” was a common expression.  Annie, Beth and I decided our goal was simply to finish. Take it easy. Not so lofty. Totally perfect for that kind of Sunday.

We chatted as we ran and the miles ticked away quickly. At one point we were quiet for about 10 seconds, so I frantically shouted to the group to “quickly come up with something to talk about!” (I was in dire need of distraction. Without verbal stimulation I might have consciously realized I was running 5 miles.) Annie then shouts, “What’s your favorite color!?”

After giggling about her random choice of “discussion topics”, we each announced that we don’t have a favorite color. (Sorry Annie.)

The lovely Abby distracted us by jumping in around mile 3 (maybe?), and Jocelyn joined the group around mile 4. (Head on over and give them a big congrats – Abby recently BQ’d in her first marathon and Jocelyn went sub-4!) I don’t think I’ve ever really run a race in which I’ve stayed with a whole group of friends for every mile. If you haven’t, you should try it. I forgot how tired I was, I forgot I was running on rolling hills, I just enjoyed the experience. And laughed a lot.

We all crossed the finish line together strong and happy. Technically I PRd as I’ve never run a 5-mile race before. Fab! Mark it in the books. The Garmin says 49:48, NYRR says 50:11. Take what you will – for a sleepy, tired-legged, race, I felt great. Plus, Beth killed it; I wanted to cry out of excitement for her. And of course, Annie finished strong right alongside us. Mission “Finish” accomplished!

Race #9 for Beth - She's in for NYCM 2013!

Race #9 for Beth – She’s in for NYCM 2013!

After some chatting (read: post-race free-bagel eating) we headed out with Jen to tack on a few more miles around the reservoir. I was totally uninterested in more miles, but I’m very susceptible to running peer pressure so I gave in and started the Garmin back up. Plus, I missed the reservoir and figured I should pay it a visit. That’s what friends do, right?

I missed you and all, but next time can you be a little less foggy? Please & thank you.

Our whole group ran some laps and in the end completed about 8 glorious miles.

Fine, I’ll run some more. 

8 miles. My favorite breakfast.

Just your standard loops around the park. You're welcome for the visual.

Just your standard loops around the park. You’re welcome for the visual.

I was on a running high when we finished for sure…mainly because of the wonderful company. I’m pretty sure I never would have been at that race without my friends, and I certainly wouldn’t have run 8 miles without their support. I would absolutely have been sleeping. Instead, I was actually productive. Win!

Eventually Beth and I met up with Kristine for breakfast and chatted for at least an hour. I left the city feeling uplifted and happy – like I always do after a hearty dose of running and friends. I drove home quickly, lit a Christmas-y candle, and watched football and The Grinch. I then laid in bed from about 1pm until 8pm, and then went to bed around 10. (So much for a productive day.) But still…Best. Day. Ever.

You know you have true friends when you feel uplifted after spending time with them. Tell me about your friends! Who’s your BFF and why?!

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16 Comments

  1. December 6, 2012 / 9:50 pm

    Love this recap :) I met my BFF in undergrad and we’re BFFs because we email each other at least once a day with all the ridiculous things we notice that we know only the other will appreciate. I only wish she lived here and not in Chicago!

    • December 8, 2012 / 6:56 pm

      I love that! Most of my BFFs live far away too. It’s so tough, but obviously the internet makes it easier :)

  2. sarwp
    December 7, 2012 / 6:20 am

    SOOOO proud of you, kara! I always look forward to getting your blog-makes me smile and wonder where you got the running genes??? Love you, niece:)

    • December 8, 2012 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you! I love you!!

  3. December 7, 2012 / 6:56 am

    I love running with friends and having some laughs! It’s the bet way to do it. Great job, I can’t believe you ran another 3 miles after. That’s dedication!

    • December 8, 2012 / 6:58 pm

      I can’t believe it either, haha. My friends definitely got me though it. Shows that sometimes you just need a little laughter to keep you going :)

  4. December 7, 2012 / 10:55 am

    SO happy to finally meet you at this race and run some miles together! We’ll have to run together again soon…once I’m no longer sore from Exceed….. :)

    • December 8, 2012 / 6:58 pm

      You too girl! Yeah I still have a tiny bit of lingering soreness, haha. Sad. Had a great night though!

  5. December 8, 2012 / 10:09 am

    I need to find a group of friends to run with. I have found it makes the miles go faster just like you did. But for what I do for a living healthy is not top billing for most people. Congratulations on your race!

    • December 8, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      Definitely find some running friends, they’re the best! Where do you live? I’ve found pretty much all of these friends though blogging – just reach out to people who live near you and set up running dates – so fun!! :)

  6. December 9, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Peer pressure runs are the best! Ha. Let me know if you ever want to run again! It was go much fun hanging out with all of you!

  7. December 12, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    I don’t know HOW I missed this post! LOVED it! I had the best day with you last Sunday. And last week at Exceed. I always wish we lived closer, I always feel happy and uplifted after running/TRX-ing/drinking/talking/laughing with you :) We have to plan our happy hour/run/obsess over Iowa racing with Annie ASAP!!!! I’m so happy I met you this year.

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