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New York City Marathon Expo — lots of pictures!

You might have seen a lot of these pictures in previous posts but here is a lot. Just so you can feel like you were there…

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The Expo on the first day… before the 50K runners and friends came to visit, so quier and nice…

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Ryan Hall just happened to walk past me. What a coincidence!!!

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I know you can’t tell but these stiff guys where running. CONSTANTLY.

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PLEASE please please read the sign…

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Pete Jacobs, as told by the sign and my delirious husband…

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Ryan Hall going over the course…

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All my pants are tear-away pants!!! Yours aren’t?

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Pete Jacobs, Ironman Extraordinaire –and Juan, Husband/Ironman Extraordinaire

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the line was INSANE

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you HAVE to do these shots, or they don’t give you your bib… sure.

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I shouldn’t have done that

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With added security comes… crazy lines… but they went by fast I heard..?

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You could end up putting on 10 pounds by the time you leave the expo if you’re not careful…

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Or you could end up carrying 10 pounds in your bag from the free stuff (PLUS THE SHOPPING!!!)

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free gloves (which I wore Sunday morning) plus my masterpiece.

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Coolest pup ever loving the free greek yogurt. It was delish (the yogurt, I don’t eat dogs for now)

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Matt Long signing his books!

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Bart doing his thing ūüėČ

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Bart said “My girlfriend got married on me”. He was my boyfriend earlier this year. And I said he wasn’t fast enough… Apparently, he said that has always been his problem… YEAH RIGHT BART!
PS: I love you! Both!

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Gene, from Charity Miles, with an osom poster everyone signed! If you haven’t checked Charity Miles, do it now! http://www.charitymiles.org/

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So… that’s most of it… fun right? The expo is worth a trip for everyone! Did you like it? Was it too busy? Overwhelming? you walked in and out? Would love to get there someday?

I got to see SO many friends (thanks to all who came to say hello at our Autism Speaks booth!!!!) that I had a great time!¬†Now… onto the race report…. ūüėČ

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His and Hers – Running Style

I always thought those embroidered towels were stooopid…¬†but this is different!

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Marathon Hats for me. Ironman visors for him (apparently triathletes ONLY use visors…?!?!)

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Saucony Grid Type A5s, His are Blue, Mine are Pink. Obviously. These shoes seem to get along really well!

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What happens when we get to the park and we both have our own workouts to take care of: his Adidas ADIOS and my Mizuno SAYONARA.

It’s ok, you can say it…

Race Report: NYRR Oakley Mini 10K

As usual, I will be dividing this report in two: The Race (bib pick up, amenities, course, atmosphere, etc.) and My Race below

THE RACE

The Mini10K is one of the most traditional women’s races in the world, as it was the first race to cater to women. It was the original girl power event, organized by Fred Lebow in 1972, and had Katheryn Switzer and Nina Kuscik, who you usually see invited to the festivities. Tough course, big names, and always running celebrities and traditions in place, it’s one of the nyc races you don’t want to miss! trust me, you don’t.

For more info and some great pictures, check the NYRR Oakley Mini 10K official page (And you can spot me in the photo gallery!)

Bib Pick Up/Registration.¬†Was a zip as usual. I was excited about the shirt, as every year we get a fitted cotton shirt I can (sometimes) wear to work, but this time, given the new Oakley sponsorship, we got tent tank tops. I call them tents because I got the smallest size they had (an S) and it was enormous for me. It’s on the “give away” pile. Sad. I had liked it!!!!

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Start. Was super organized. I always get stuck in lines in these big races but these one felt like a small race..?!?! I had no problems getting to my corral, to a portapotty, all super easy, even if my nerves were expecting all of the opposite. Luckily, my corral (blue) was right in front of the ceremonies so I got to see all the speakers, which included Mary Wittenberg, some¬†triathlete¬†I didn’t know¬†(was just told by my Ironman boyfriend that it was Jenny Fletcher) Desi Davila and…

Who better to kick off the morning than running legend Nina Kuscsik, co-founder of the original ‚ÄúMini‚ÄĚ in 1972 (along with Kathrine Switzer and the late great Fred Lebow)? ‚ÄúLook how far we‚Äôve come,‚ÄĚ Kuscsik said into the mic. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great to see you all out here.‚ÄĚ Toshiko d‚ÄôElia, an 83-year-old masters age-group winner, joined Kuscsik and Mary Wittenberg to wish everyone good luck at the start; she had her 1978 Mini shirt with her.

Chilling. This race always gets to me: Girl Power!!!

Race Atmosphere.

Like I said… it’s so friendly in there, at least until the gun goes off and then it’s elbows up. ¬†Just kidding. or am? I am! I am!! I saw a lot of my team-mates there, Lora of LVrunsnyc.com, everyone was in there in the blue corral an we were all hugging! We chatted, got excited that all the race elites were a meter away (SO crazy)…

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we were right behind that timing mat, yes, THAT close.

Also, it always smells better in the corral in a women’s race. I wonder…

The NYRR photographer got a pic of Michelle, Elke, and I (gallery here!) and soon, we’d be on our way!

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Photo Credit: NYRR, from their gallery. And, of course I wear lipstick to a race!!

Weather. Well, I’ve done the Mini10K seven times and this was the best ever. By FAR. It’s usually in high 70s or even mid 80s with¬†humidity. Always the humidity fro some reason. It must have been 62 or 64, that is usually hot for me, but for the Mini, that was the best weather in… ever. Sun came out and people said they felt the humidity in the last miles. I was just happy it wasn’t as bad usual ūüėČ Low expectations help!!

The Course. Well, I think it’s one of the roughest 10ks you can do. Seriously hurtful. Elevation profiles are here¬†if you feel like reliving the pain or wonder if you dare. It’s such a tricky race… you start in a mile long straightaway where everyone usually takes out too fast. I promise you, 94% of the people, are going too fast and WILL fade. Never look around!! As soon as you get in the park, there’s a hill, there another climb, then a mountain, then everest. No, I don’t think I am exaggerating. For some reason, this race didn’t feel too crowded for me. I was running comfortable and usually around the same people. My only issue is that NO ONE around me was running tangents. Ahem girls, seriously? ¬†There was some serious cheering on CP West, on Engineer’s Gate and at 72nd tranverse, but most of the park was quiet. Loved it.

The Finish Line. Fun to go through and no crowding. We got medals, flowers, bananas, bagels and water. I was able to meet up with some friends right there and catch up.

The Post Race. There was a line, loooong line, for picture taking?? We spotted Desi Davila in the Oakleys tent!

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Kirby, Desi Davila, and me

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We stayed for the raffles and team pictures… I won nothing, how is that possible. It was such a gorgeous day to stay in the park so Kirby, Juan and I walked back to the UES. I love this race.

MY RACE

I wasn’t sure how I’d do but having done a 10K a month before in 44:32 I knew I would try to go sub 45. This course was harder so I was sure I wouldn’t PR. Actually, it’s not that this course is just harder, it’s that this race always leaves me¬†weeping. It’s just hard. And hilly.

I woke up already serious and with a will kill you if you talk face so the boyfriend knew to stay out of the way and did a wonderfully supportive act. I had my coffee, nothing else, and took the bus downtown to 57th and walked west. By the time I got there, I found a portapotty, did my thing, had a cup of water, which was ALL the fuel I had in me (plus/minus the coffee I had and already got rid of), kissed him and went to the corral.

I found a lot of people on my way, it was cheery and fun and everyone was smiling and relaxed. Is this not the hardest 10K ever? I guess I was the only one dreading it… Well.

I wore my mizunos sayonaras, as usual, love those shoes. It was in the 60s so just booty shorts and bra, this is too hot for singlet and I really have no shame. I know, I am older and should hide some stuff/care but whatevers, this is me.

I got the the blue corral, got photographed, heard the opening speeches, and was ready to go. I think, for the first time ever, I knew what I had to do: Hold it!!!

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Running on Central Park West (thanks Ben Ko for always taking amazing pictures!)

Mile 1 is always rough, people go out like CRAZY. Seriously. And I made that mistake in every of each Mini I did before. Focus, stay down: 7:09. Nice slow opening. As soon as we enter the park there is a hill, then another. It gets really tricky and a few of us kept pacing each other: 7:03, so I am starting to warm up. Then we climb and we climb and there is no one to cheer there (other than Helen, thanks for being there and the pictures!)

I was really sweating so I had to put the glassed and headband DOWN! (Thanks Helen!)

I was really sweating so I had to put the glasses and headband DOWN! (Thanks Helen!)

It starts to sink in: 7:09. ¬†This is all great but this is the part where the wheels come off. Always. This time, even if I couldn’t stop it, I held my ground: 7:38. It really could have been worse, I thought.

Now: 1, it starts hurting, and 2, I start pushing. Both, of course.

Mile 5 is 6:58, I got this. I start feeling ok but I know I can’t get excited and mess this up now: it’s too early! Mile 6: 7:03.

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Going up on the last 50 meters! Can’t believe I blocked Mary Wittenberg with my hand!!!! Uffff (thanks Ben Ko for the fabo picture!)

And the last bit in 6:49 pace. I guess I had some in there, even up another hill!!!

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Stats:

Finish time: 44:46. Average Pace: 7:13

Previous PR: 44:32. From: May, 2013

Age Grading: 69.25%

Overall/Gender Place: 207 of 5595

Age Place: 27 of 925

NYRR Oakley Mini 10K, official race results

Worth noting: I am getting this pacing thing right, I think. A 10k is Central Park is always brutal, in any direction, and I don’t think I messed this one up!

Fun at the finish line:

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Pink Bling

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Kettia and I!

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Juan, who cheered from west to east to west, and caught me when I finished!

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yes, those are my shorts: NO shame!

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Whippets who Raced

So, get ready for this. Sit down. Because the Mini is a ladies race, the men in my team have¬†nothing¬†to do but cheer… so cheer they did… Are you sitting down?

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One of us is wearing a skirt

Right? I love this race! (as much as I hate the racing a 10k in Central Park part itself). It’s always a riot. Glad we have nice weather and soooooo much fun on the course. And… get ready, ladies will be cheering this next weekend at this Sunday’s nyrr race… it’s on.

And the Garmin winner to my Guess My Finish time contest is MN Slow Runner, who guessed exactly 44:46, but there were SO many people who were super close!

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My new pups: Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Cool looking right?

They fit amazing. I am beyond excited. They are in a fight with the Saucony A5 right now, but these are brand new and rested so…

10 hours later:

okay, just got some info (and woke up!). They are replacing the precisions -not the elixirs (elixirs will be available until January it seems from a thread on RW so buy a few pairs NOW). the sayonara is AMAZING, seamless, super light (around 7 ounces for a size 8 and SUPER narrow in the middle of the shoe and huge in the front. huge. they feel amazing. and light. having a shoegasm! available July 5 for purchase.

4 weeks later:

Well, I’ve used this shoe for every race I’ve done, including a 10k, a 4 miler, and a half marathon. they are amazingly comfortable and I just don’t want to race in another shoe. they have enough cushioning for the ones who are not ready to go to a lighter shoe and this would be a smart transition, but they are very light, wide and comfortable. They’re my go to shoe now. Haven’t run them in trails though, and not sure I’d do most of my mileage in them but they’re a perfect in between and definitely my right hand shoe for races (though I’d probably still wear the TypeA5 for a 5k and under). Love them. Want another pair!

Mizuno’s BE, my new training (NOT running) shoes

A few weeks before Berlin I got these lovely shoes… Let me shoe you (ha, pun intended!)!
 
 
 
The sole is super thin and bendable. The insteresting part is inside… your toes are pretty much,¬†hanging out, literally. The way Samurais did it years and years ago.
 
 
See? I know, it’s hard to understand… Here is the Mizuno version
 
Before you say anything, THESE ARE NOT FOR RUNNING!
 
You wear them around the house, or to work (??) (I do!) or wherever. But Mizuno is very clear that they are not for running. NOT RUNNING.
 
So, this idea is based on the Waraji sandals the Samurai and Japanese foot soldiers wore. 
 
They are supposed to develop your muscles and tendons by engaginging your toes.
Anway, not wanting to do anything crazy before my marathon I started wearing them when I came back. Ha, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to walk around much with my toes hanging out, like they ¬†were about to jump off a cliff or something. And I was quite aware of it all for the first minutes every time I got up. Then I’d forget. And so on.
 
I felt the soreness the day after. Which I loved, so I kept wearing them more and more.¬†¬†After a couple of days I wore them without even a second thought! Not only I didn’t feel anything weird with ¬†my toes, but my toes really got used to moving around.
 
I really like them. They’re super light weight and a great tool to make your feet stronger as well as challenge and engage them. I am not sure I can tell you how much they’ve made my feet better but I definitely feel they are a lot more active these days.

Mizuno’s BE, my new training (NOT running) shoes

oh oh oh yeaaah. Gotta Love Shoegasms

So, big day for me. This is what I had in my arms coming home today!

Actually, on my way to the¬†VIVOBAREFOOT¬†store, I got distracted by a little (HA< LITTLE!!) street fair, can’t resist funnel cake

but that’s a different story.

Anyway, being one of their few (and amazing!! hehe) certified coaches has its perks! 

Here are my new babies.

My VIVO babies. I had been dying to try the Achilles for a whiiiiile!

This is probably the first running non-shoe where my toe is making contact with anything, and it felt totally strange when I tried it on, but I run around and bit and it seemed comfy.¬†I’ve had running sandals before, like these…

and/or these

but the VIVOBAREFOOT are SO totally cool lookng!! Also, the¬†toes are not covered, we’ll see how these fare!

Then.. the ultras pure!

AAHHHHH!!!! A total amphibian shoe, you take the liner out and they can be dry in 1 minute. And they’re SO light, and comfy… it’s … how do I describe it… a super light thin foam. Like you’re wearing nothing, only better. Is that clear?

And the breathos!!! 

YUM.

I had wanted to try these since I saw them! They look a LOT like my neo trails:

But the breathos has a completely different upper, a lot more breathable and lite, more summery for sure… Might leave the Neo trails for the winter… ūüėČ

Well, really, for someone that has over 50 pairs IN ROTATION (yes, 50, don’t judge!), three more is like… a Brangelina family!?!?!!

And.. I get home, open my mailbox, and oh JEEEEEEEZ

Seriously sit down.

Slowly

yes

it is what you are thinking

omg

more shoes. more shoes on the way.

omg. 

oh oh oh yeaaah. Gotta Love Shoegasms