Well. I just ran my first and last trail race.
(Those were my brand-new shoes. They’re broken in now.)
Erin Gunn, Sarah Whiting, and I spent the morning up at Bear Mountain for The North Face Endurance Challenge. Erin and I ran the 10k; Ting (short for Sarah Whiting) ran the half. To be more specific, while Ting was enjoying a little 13+ mile jog (just kidding — Ting, you’re amaaaaaaazing and I think maybe superhuman!!), Erin and I painstakingly tried to run 6.3 miles of hiking trail through muddy rivers, slimy rocks, and steep inclines.
I’m actually pretty pleased with how I did. I was expecting to end up walking the whole thing because I haven’t really been able to run since pulling all my leg muscles at the end of March. For this race, I focused on keeping my pace verrrrrrry slow, and the treacherous nature of the course forced me to walk for quite a bit of the race to pick my way “over the river and through the woods” while remaining upright!
** Edited 5/12 to add these pictures from the race website.
Feeling energetic early in the race:
Finish line in sight, yet still so far away (all of 50 feet I think):
Happy (?) finish line dance:
I finished the race in something like an hour and 35 minutes (I was second to last!!! I was kind of disappointed when I heard someone else finished after me. If I was going to be last, I wanted to be last), but I finished running! Surviving this race actually gave me a lot of hope for the Brooklyn half at the end of May. Ting finished about 10 minutes after I did (but to be fair, the half did begin an hour before the 10k). Here we are at the end:
There was a tent with cut fruit and peanut butter. I had many pieces:
Erin and I were cold and tired and sore and wondering how the heck Ting had roped us into over 90 minutes of voluntary torture. We agreed we don’t have to do this again next year. Ting stuck around with some of her other friends to watch the 50k runners start to come in; Erin and I busted out of there to head to her apartment for showers and lunch. Which leads us to the food …
Featured Contributions: Thursday through Saturday
Thursday’s linner: homemade tortillas with homemade chicken mole and beans left from the Parent & Me cinco de mayo event at work on Wednesday:
Ginger chew from Beryl on Friday:
A chopped apple, an orange, cool whip, and peanut butter left from Myrna and Mildred’s afternoon group:
(I had another orange and seconds of cool whip and pb later, too!)
I headed straight up to Yonkers after work, and Erin Gunn picked me up for some bridesmaid dress reconn at David’s Bridal, followed by Indian food, her treat 🙂
Papadum and chutneys:
Baingan Bhartha (eggplant):
Channa Saagwala (chickpeas and spinach):
We ordered spicy. We needn’t have. The spiciness necessitated lots of tissues and lots of rice:
Anise crunchies on the way out:
This morning, I made us pre-race breakfast cookies with the contents of Erin’s cupboards.
Each cookie included 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 mashed banana, 1 tbsp chocolate chips, 1 tbsp sweetened coconut, 1 tbsp mixed chopped nuts, and cinnamon.
The frosting involved plain yogurt and half of this baby jar of heaven:
Our post-run lunch was Indian leftovers with tons and tons of yogurt to cut the heat:
And a very very exciting treat from work yesterday:
Rosey’s mom (who I think is Puerto Rican) made pasteles — kind of like tamales but with plantain on the outside and meat on the inside — this past week, and Rosey brought them in to share on Thursday. I missed this first delivery because I don’t work on Thursdays, but Nydia gave me a couple of hers yesterday since it was my last day until June, and they all wanted me to be able to try them! I brought my tied-up package to Erin’s with me, boiled it for an hour in salted water per Rosey’s instructions, and set to unwrapping it.
In banana leaf:
Mmmm, it was yummy. I loved the texture of the plantain on the outside. Here’s the filling:
I dozed off a bit after lunch, and then Erin deposited me at the subway. Two hours later (grrr, construction), I was finally home.
Now, “vacation” is over, and it’s time to rededicate myself to the finals: one paper due Monday and one due Thursday. Then, I will be free!! (Errr, for two weeks until it all starts again …)
To conclude, here are Ting’s battle-scarred legs:
Would you ever in a million years choose to spend your day off participating in a trail race?