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Newport 10k: When I waited for a train longer than I ran and then only got a gun time.

After a long and busy week (and an impromptu Friday night Soulcycle class), I was ready for me and Justin’s weekly pizza and movie date. Turns out, last week was a little longer and busier than I thought because by 7:30pm, I was already passed out on the couch. Justin woke me up at 9 to get me to transfer myself to the bedroom and all I remember is saying, “how is it only 9 o’clock? It feels like a million o’clock” and then waking up naturally by 5am feeling super well-rested and ready to run (it was Newport10k day!).

With the Newport 10k in Jersey City, we left the apartment with tons of time to spare since we were at the mercy of both the MTA and the PATH trains. We got to 14th Street with more than enough time even if we had to wait a bit for a PATH train to take us across the river.

HA HA HA.

So yea, about that… we waited on the platform for the PATH train for longer than it would take us to run the 10k. The only announcements made in the station were about track maintenance on Sunday (it was Saturday) and to expect delays then. The platform got increasingly crowded with increasingly frustrated New Yorkers.

We didn’t get on a train until about 8:20am (the race started at 8:30 ugh) and ran up the stairs when getting into Newport. As we were exiting the station (which is right by the start line, thankfully), we heard the anthem being sung so if we hurried, we wouldn’t be too late to start.

Above baggage check – Taken post-race (obviously)

We went to go pick up our bibs and were turned away by police saying that we couldn’t go in the area with bags. We then turned to go deliver my bag to baggage check only to be told that we needed my bib in order to check a bag (I think smoke flew out of my ears at this point). The volunteers finally just wrote my name on my bag and put it off to the side. We then turned back around to run over to grab our bibs. I started my watch at this point because I knew my plan of getting in an extra 2 miles was shot so I figured we might as well count all this extra running we were doing just to get to the start line.

Obligatory jazz hands shot

Once we quickly attached our bibs, we hauled it over to the start line where staff were already dismantling the starting line. Were we really that late? There were no runners in sight except for those who had already turned around and were running on the other side of the street. I made a joke that “this must be what it’s like for the elite runners” before full-on panicking that we were going to get lost in Newport because I didn’t know this course and how else were we going to know where to go if we couldn’t just follow all the runners in front of us???

Luckily, the course turns were easily marked and there were volunteers at each arrow directing those of us in the back. By mile 1.5, we had already caught up with those who had started on time and joined the mix of runners.

Since I knew we weren’t going to be able to stick to my “run an 8 mile progression” plan and had already pushed the pace a bit to catch up with other runners, I figured we could just keep up that pace and make it more of a 6+ mile tempo run. My goal then became to keep us between a 9:20 and a 9:30 min/mile for the rest of the race since our longer runs lately have been in the 10-10:15 min range.

#NailedIt

I felt good with this pace and probably would have pushed closer to a 9 min if Justin had been having a better day but his legs just weren’t feeling it.

My positives and negatives of the Newport 10k are exactly those that I had when I ran the Newport half two years ago (well, minus the bronchitis). The roads aren’t even in many places and you really need to be paying attention to where you step. The wind can be brutal along the water. The boardwalk can be super slippery. That being said, the race is extremely well run (ha ha!), the course isn’t all that crowded (even if you start on time), the roads are pretty flat, and those views… omg those views.

Hey there, beautiful 😉

When we got home (OF COURSE the PATH came almost immediately for us after the race), I looked up our race results on CompuScore. My watch had us running for a total of 1:01:10 for a distance of 6.5 miles (PERFECT since my watch recorded us at .3 when we crossed the start line – yay for accurate GPS!) but I was curious to see our time and pace for the 10k.

Ummm what?!?

Now, I’m not one to say that my watch is always right and I definitely question the distance and paces it displays sometimes but I definitely don’t question the timer on my watch – and a difference of almost 5 full minutes is pretty glaring. Also, there is no way we were running a 10:35 pace. Even at our slowest, we don’t run 10:35 minute miles. Plus, Justin wouldn’t have gotten annoyed at me pushing us at the end if we were trotting along at a leisurely 10:35.

It took more time than I’d care to admit for me to realize what must have happened and check the results again.

Mystery solved

Aaaand there you have it. Gun time = chip time. It took us 1 hour 5 minutes+ to cross the finish line from when the first person crossed the start. Ah well. Luckily, this wasn’t a goal race for either of us and it’s not worth making a stink that our chips didn’t register at the start line. If it happened to Justin and me, this definitely happened to the handful of other late runners who “crossed” the start line with us. I hope this wasn’t a goal race for them either.

We celebrated our finish with a solid nap and a nice dinner before hanging out with Sally Field at the Belasco Theater 🙂 

The Glass Menagerie on Broadway

It really is a shame that the PATH issues put such a damper on this race because I truly enjoyed running it. Next time, we’re going to have to couch crash at someone’s place the night before. Now it’s time to focus on our 11-mile run this weekend followed by the Brooklyn Half in just two weeks! Where does the time go?!?

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Thank you to the Riker Danzig Newport 10k for including me as an official blog partner this year!

I received a free race entry for detailing my experience during the Newport 10k. As always as usual, all opinions are my own. General disdain for weekend PATH service is a shared opinion among New Yorkers and New Jerseyans alike. 

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A race before a race: Newport 10k.

Spring running season is officially upon us! After a winter of many “eh” runs, I’m super excited to get my legs moving and log some glorious miles (in shorts… and a tank top… and obnoxiously bright neon compression socks). While I’ve gotten a few spring runs under my belt this year, my first taste of spring racing will be on May 6th when I cross over the Hudson to run the Newport 10K as an official blog partner.

I’ve never run the Newport 10k but a few years back, I ran the Newport Half as a goal race. If you recall, I managed to eke out a PR even though I technically had bronchitis (in my defense, I didn’t know I had bronchitis and blamed my stuffy chest, head, nose, and overall crappy feeling on allergies).  One thing I do remember fondly from that day is how beautiful the course is as you run along the water – and, lucky for me, the 10k will have those same beautiful views.When introduced to the idea of running the Newport 10k, I quickly looked to my Brooklyn Half-Marathon “training” schedule (I use the word “training” quite lightly here). Justin and I were scheduled to run 8 miles together and I figured running the 10k would be a great opportunity to get in a race as part of our long run that day. He agreed and quickly registered himself as well (it’s easy to get him to do things if you follow the statement with “we can go somewhere to eat afterwards”).

Visiting my friend Brian’s brewery in Jersey City after the Newport Half

Our goal for Brooklyn is to beat Justin’s time from last year so while we’re not planning to go out there and do anything crazy, we do have a time in mind and an approximate pace to hit. This makes the timing of the Newport 10k (two weeks before Brooklyn) perfect for incorporating some racing practice into our long run (hint hint for all you Brooklyn runners!).

Reasons to incorporate a race during training:

  • Practice early wake-up and travel. Especially with the weather being on the cooler side for all of our weekend training runs, Justin and I are never in a rush to get out the door in the morning. Seeing as though we’ll need to be  in a cab to Brooklyn before the sun even rises on May 20th, getting a practice morning is a really good idea so we can figure out the timing of how long it takes us to get ready, what we should eat and when, etc.
  • Practice pacing strategy in a race environment. Our pacing strategy for Brooklyn this year is going to be similar to last year: run the first 10 miles somewhat comfortably and then pick it up for the last 3. The Newport 10k will be a great day to practice aiming for a negative split while surrounded by other runners also trying to run a good race. Since we’ll be running 8 miles that day, I’m thinking we do the 2 miles before the race as a slow warm-up, the first 4 of the race comfortably, and then pick it up for the last 2.2 miles of the course.
  • Practice running through water stations. On all of our training runs, we stop for water at the water stations in the park. I stop my watch, we take a few seconds to sip water, and then we head back out on our way. This is not something that happens during a race. Time does not stop for us to drink water (although, wouldn’t it be great if it did?). We can use the Newport 10k to figure out what works best for us during the water stations (Are we going to walk? For how long? Are we just going to slow down? Is this even possible for Justin without spilling water/Gatorade all over himself?).

I love incorporating races into my long runs (proof: 2011 Staten Island half-marathon as part of a 21-mile, 2014 Bronx 10M as part of a 20M training run) and I’m super excited to run a different route than our usual Central Park or Westside Highway. Now that the Newport 10k is officially on my calendar, I’m really looking forward to it and Justin, well, he’s really looking forward to brunch. Stay tuned here and follow along for race-day updates on Instagram 🙂

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I will receive a free race entry to the Newport 10k in exchange for a pre-race post and a post after the race detailing my experience. As always as usual, all opinions are my own.

Register for the Newport 10K here. You can also save money now by registering for the half in the fall 🙂 Proceeds will be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, RWJ Barnabas Health, the area’s only not-for-profit hospital, and the regional trauma center. 

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2017 Glass Slipper Challenge: Enchanted 10k.

Since the Enchanted 10k starts 30 minutes earlier than the 5k, it was an even earlier start to Saturday morning than Friday. I think it’s crazy how I’m able to get myself out of bed at this ungodly hour to run in Disney but can’t seem to get myself up almost 4 hours later when waking up for work in NYC. #DisneyMagic

Enchanted 10k

Anywho, Justin and I met up with my cousin Liz by 3:45 am to walk to the bus. We were meeting up with Jess and Nicole (who moved to Austin a few weeks ago and NYC misses so much!) in the corral and I was excited to get lots of running and chatting time with some of my favorite people.

The 10k was Justin’s first Disney race in which he stopped for photos (he’s only run the 5k with my dad who, if you’ve read here before, will not stop for photos lest it get in the way of his PRing) so I was excited to show him how much fun one can have when truly embracing the Disney race experience.

We kept the pace super easy when we were running and stopped for photos with most of the characters. I was most excited to see that Princess Minnie was out on the course! When we were waiting on Princess Minnie’s line, she went running inside and a castmember assured us that she was “just checking up on Mickey and will be right back” and let me tell you, girl can run. And in those heels? Very impressive.

Throughout the race, I was updating our photos onto my family’s photostream so all our crazies back at the hotel (and at the finish line) could see how much fun they were missing.

My cousin thought of the idea of having a photostream for everyone on the trip and it made sharing photos so easy and fun. We now have hundreds of photos of our time together all in one place and there was no “can you send me that picture?” or “I’ll put these all together in an album when we get home.” It was great and I’ll definitely be doing this for certain things in the future (I’m thinking honeymoon – my parents and brother want photos of us hiking through a volcano popping up on their phones while they sit at their desks, right?)

My aunt and uncle were waiting for us at the finish line and we quickly got on the bus back to the hotel to get ready for a day at Magic Kingdom 🙂

Magic Kingdom

Saturday’s weather made it feel like it was two completely different days; the morning was cloudy and chilly and by noon, it was in the mid-80’s without a cloud in the sky (just how I like it).

We made sure to take lots of photos (all included with my pass!) and stopped for our first of the day in front of the castle. While standing for these photos, we saw a proposal (!!!) and also got super distracted by fireworks going off behind us..

Fireworks!

Around lunchtime, our large group split up into two smaller groups – those who wanted something from Columbia Harbour House and those who wanted turkey legs. I wasn’t all that hungry after a pretty big breakfast so I decided I wanted a slushy lemonade and would grab another snack before dinner. As I spoke with the castmember to order my frozen lemonade, she asked if I just got married (because of the bride ears). I explained that we are getting married this September and that this was my only Disney trip before the wedding that I got to wear the ears. She got all giggly and adorable and gifted me with two chocolate chip cookies. I got all excited because hey – free cookies!

My intention was to eat one cookie and then save the other for Justin. I even wrapped the second cookie up and put it in my backpack..

Yea. That didn’t work.

I ended up going back in my bag and eating the second cookie roughly two minutes after putting it away so I wouldn’t eat it.

Sorry, Justin. Just know that it was delicious and it made me happy. That’s all that matters, right?

After dinner, we watched the fireworks from behind the castle (I’ve actually never done this before) and then I went back to the hotel to get some sleep while the others stayed behind to get some more rides in.

I was so exhausted, I didn’t hear a single person come back into the room and didn’t stir at all until the 3:21 am alarm the next morning.

Next up: Princess Half-Marathon and Epcot 🙂

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Glass Slipper Challenge: Enchanted 10k

With 3.1 miles and a day at Hollywood Studios under my belt, it was time for the official start of the Glass Slipper Challenge with the Enchanted 10k!

Enchanted 10k

My cousin Liz was also running the 10k so we met up in the lobby at holy-hell-it’s-early o’clock to get on the bus to the start village. Once at the start village, we had lots of time to sit down, make a stop in the port-a-potties, and meet up with my friend Jess before getting into the corrals.

As much as I typically hate 10ks, I absolutely adore the Disney 10Ks. It helps that I basically trot the entire time and aren’t pushing myself to a 10k pace, but it’s also because I truly adore Disney’s 10k course. I remember thinking during my first Dopey that I had never enjoyed this distance more.

In theory, the 10k sounds great. It’s a solid mid-distance run and you’re finished in less than an hour. Sounds wonderful, right? Wrong. In reality, racing a 10k is horrific for me. But running the 10k in Disney? Purely magical.

enchanted 10k

We kept a light and conversational pace, enjoying the scenery and character stops in Epcot, on the Boardwalk (where I saw the wonderful Alec!), and through Yacht and Beach Club.

enchanted 10k finish

9.3 weekend miles were down!

Magic Kingdom

With the early start time and a “short” race, we were up and at it pretty quickly, getting to Magic Kingdom before 10 am. Is there anything more magical than turning onto Main Street and seeing the castle up ahead? You can say yes, but you’d be wrong.

magic kingdom

I was pumped for a long and busy day in one of my favorite places on the planet.

magic kingdom 2

We enjoyed the following rides/attractions during our 12+ hours in the park:

  • It’s a Small World
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (One of my favorites)
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (So much yes)
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • Splash Mountain (John’s face. #icanteven)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (This will never get old. Also, now I want to have a Monsters movie marathon.)
  • Haunted Mansion (Classic and THE BEST. End of conversation.)
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Main Street Electrical Parade (The older I get, the more I love these parades.)
  • Celebrate the Magic (WHAAAAT?! Disney, THIS WAS AMAZINGLY MAGICAL. If you can watch this, do it. Do it now.)
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Don’t worry, we also stopped for Dole Whip… twice 🙂

magic kingdom 3

With the half-marathon the next day, my cousin Mikey left a little after 8 pm to get a solid night’s sleep. Me? Well I’m not as smart and I opted to stay until after the park closed. So yea, I got a little more than 3 hours of sleep and then ran a half-marathon. And then took no nap and went straight to Epcot to drink in the sunshine. #wasnteventired #disneymagic

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Next up: the Princess Half Marathon!

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