As I write this, I am back safe and sound from Utah after running the Bear 100. There is so much that happened that it deserves its own race recap, but let’s just say that I am grateful to have had the experience of running in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., and I will be back…
Two weekends ago, I had the privilege of running the Run 10 Feed 10 (10K race) on behalf of Team Skechers! It was a festive, flat 10K that took place along the West Side Highway in NYC. It was a charity race, and for every runner that registered, the sponsors (including Women’s Health) donated 10 meals to feed the needy in the local community. It felt good to run for a cause!
The weather was perfect and breezy, and I was going to “take it easy” because I was tapering for the Bear 100. However, because I knew it was a flat course, it would be a good chance to stretch out my legs and see how fast I could go in my new Skechers GoRun2 Rides. They’re a great mid-distance shoe, with a little more weight in the heel than the other GoRun2 models. Thanks for the shoes, Skechers!
Every runner got a Run 10 Feed 10 tote bag made of natural jute, access to a post-race festival, and post-race food including Special K Nourish oatmeal, coconut water, fruit, and more. I even got a sweet wristband for the VIP tent that had sandwiches, quiche and coffee thanks to Skechers.
178/1733 females (Top 10%!)
132/955 in my age group (F14-29)
Every finisher got a cool handmade “Feed” bracelet.
I was really happy. Afterwards, we enjoyed giveaways like full-size products from Vaseline (lotions and cocoa butter), printed socks from Ford, samples from Special K, and more. U.S. Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan was also on hand signing autographs, and I got to meet her. I had a great time meeting up with Fanny and Beth!
After the race, I met up with my friends Kelly and Camner at the Maker Faire, an event celebrating all things DIY and new printing and manufacturing technologies. It was at the NY Hall of Science and it was a cool, family-friendly event. I got to see the wonders of 3-D printing (I got to take home a mini robot figurine), got my iPod shuffle laser-engraved (with a songbird graphic) on the spot for free, and ate really good paella from Gerard’s Paella.
To cap off the week, I started going to running practices at Shake Shack, the revered burger chain that started in New York. The Battery Park City location started a “Shack Track and Field Club” (originated in Philly), where on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm, they have a group run ranging from 45 minutes to 1 hour, for runners of all abilities. For a one-time fee of $10, you get a Shack Track and Field shirt, post-run drinks, and a coupon for a free custard. I attended the first practice on 9/24, the day before flying out to Salt Lake City, and I had a lot of fun! We ran 45 minutes through the Financial district and the (now shuttered) Seaport, then hung out at the Shack afterwards. Check it out!
I felt great going into the Bear 100 using the Run 10 Feed 10 as a solid training run, plus doing my taper run with the Shack Track and Field club was a good send-off. What happens next ? Stay tuned…