Phew! I have so much to say right now, but I’m utterly exhausted. While I may have been able to function somewhat on that college no sleep schedule, I am at my breaking point and need to head to bed and get a good night’s sleep tonight very soon!
There will be lots of posts coming up, but I have one that just can’t wait.
I mentioned that Melisa and I have been training for the 5K for BlogHer. We both completed the C25K program before we left for BlogHer, but running in New York with lots of heat and humidity, through Central Park, at 6:15am after little sleep is daunting to say the least.
Since we were running so early, we knew we wouldn’t have a huge cheering section, we decided to have a virtual one instead. Before we left for BlogHer, we purchased matching shirts for our run, and at BlogHer we asked people to sign them (when we remembered to have our shirts with us!) to support us while we ran. Thank you to everyone who signed – the messages were great!
And run we did. As not fun as it was to get up so early on Friday morning, we did it. We got down to the lobby, put on our tutus (supporting Tanner!), and headed out towards Central Park. We walked the first block or so as our warm up, and then we began to run.
There was a nice group of eight or so who ran with us, which made it really fun. While we had a bit of difficulty navigating the lower loop of Central Park a few times, but the maps we had and eight brains working on it got us through. Although a few teams got lost and did some extra mileage, we did not – somehow.
The running wasn’t always easy, especially when we had to wait for stoplights on our way to and from the park and when we had to stop to figure out where we were on the map. Stopping and then starting up with the running again makes it really hard, but that’s really about the only walking or stopping I did.
I ran the 5K. And I now need to update my shirt with the messages to say that I completed my first 5K! Melisa did, too – go us!
Interestingly, I had a really hard time eating breakfast after running. I just couldn’t cool down (it’s that whole not sweating thing), and I had no blood in my stomach to digest food for a good forty-five minutes.
Once I had eaten my breakfast, Melisa presented me with a gift. She’s such a sweetheart and so thoughtful. She had a beautiful card she’d written that absolutely cracked me up – and yes, I’m saving it! And then she gave me a necklace, too.
The really scary thing is that I almost bought her a nearly identical necklace. When we’d wandered Chinatown the day prior, we found a jewelry store with all sorts of fun stuff. I discovered a running shoe necklace that I thought would be a perfect first 5K fit. I was going to buy one for each of us to celebrate finishing the 5K. Buuuuut everyone left the store, and I didn’t have time to purchase them before we had to move on, so I skipped it.
Apparently it’s a good thing I did skip it. Melisa and I are sometimes just a little bit too alike for our comfort. It’s freaky.