Dear Lady Whose Clothes I Just Accidentally Washed A Second Time,

OOPS!  I’m more embarrassed than I’m letting on, and I can’t tell if you’re mad or also embarrassed for me.  I’m hoping the latter.  I’m so sorry.

Love,

The mortified chick with a book

Seaford Hot Chocolate 5k

On December 6th Nick and I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k race in Seaford, Long Island.  We were late to the start, so we had to run all the way to the start of the race, which buzzed right when I got there.  Talk about stressful.  We did, however, have a chance to snap a quick pre-race photo:

2014-12-06 08.53.52I know, we’re adorable.  The race itself was really nice–it circled around the school that was hosting it and through the town.  We got really cute hot chocolate t-shirts for this race, and I was told that racers usually don’t wear their shirts for that same race.  It’s kind of a thing you do after the race.  I decided my policy will be that in order to earn the shirt, I have to infuse it with my race-day sweat.  Fortunately for me, this was a very warm day, and I sweated through my layers like a sinner in church.

When I finished my race, I happy collected a free water and tried to find Nick so I could finish the race with him.  I couldn’t find him, and I was very hot.

2014-12-06 09.43.11Racing now is becoming something fun I do, and the more I do it, the less stressful and serious it becomes.  I take it seriously in the sense that it means a lot to me, but it also allows me a freedom and escape that I wouldn’t trade for the world.  My finishing time is important only in the sense that it gives me a concrete way of seeing that I am getting better.  Not caring too much has been more liberating than I expected.  These are the things I thought about while I looked for Nick.  Running is a gift–one I am very grateful for.

After the race, we stayed for raffles and took our post-race photo.  Notice I’m still hot and sweaty.

2014-12-06 09.59.54They served us hot chocolate after the race, but I didn’t want to drink any.  I did, however, want the whipped cream.  So I asked for a cup of whipped cream.  The lady at the hot chocolate station kind of just stared at me, but I insisted I was being serious.  So she indulged me.

2014-12-06 10.04.39It was a beautiful day and a great race–we didn’t win any raffles, so that was a bummer.  But I was still happy to be there!

Race stats:

Distance: 3.18 miles

Time: 40:13 min.

Pace: 12:39 min/mi (1 second slower than last time.  No biggie!)

Place: 603/748

Massapequa Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k

On Thanksgiving, the 27th of November, I ran a Turkey Trot 5k through Massapequa (which was a little awkward because all the street names were named after tribes).  It was really cool–it started in a park and ran through the town before looping back into the park.  Nick (as always) was there, as was his brother Christian and his girlfriend Kathey.

We strapped on our cool race shirts, did our best to stay warm, and took a pre-race photo together:

2014-11-27 09.09.57Christian also caught me off guard.  Clearly I hate Nick’s beard:

2014-11-27 09.09.13It was a cool race.  They had a board set up where you could write the reasons you run.  Kathey and I both wrote our reasons down.  I’ll give you a quarter if you can guess which one is mine:

2014-11-27 09.08.502014-11-27 09.08.47It snowed during the beginning of the race, and continued to be cold all the way until the end.  I finished right behind Kathey with a smile–something I was really proud of because she’s tiny and other dumb reasons.  We celebrated the race together at a diner, and took our post-race photo:

2014-11-27 10.41.42You can tell it’s after the race because Christian looks really excited.  All in all, it was great–another race completed with record breaking stats (I almost cried at the end because I broke 40 minutes for a 5k):

Total Distance: 3.1 miles

Total time: 39:13 (my first sub-40 EVER)

Pace: 12:38 min/mi (42 SECONDS FASTER THAN THE LAST RACE!)

Place in the race: 814/1010

Place in age category: 65/79