Ted Corbitt 15K

Whenever my alarm goes off in the weekend pre-dawn darkness, I always question my sanity. Did I actually pay $17 to go run 9.3 miles in the freezing cold? Yup. Luckily once I toss the comforter aside and the smell of coffee starts wafting through the apartment, I start to feel a little better about my running decisions. The Ted Corbitt 15K was on the calendar this morning and at 8am I was happy to see that the snow hadn’t yet begun to fall.

I started off with a strong cup of Frida:

Frida coffee mug

And then fueled up with a banana and a spoonful of nutzo:

Nutzo and banana

After a 1 mile + warm-up to the start, Alma and I were ready to run! I planned on running the 15K as a hard workout, but not racing all out. I feel like I’m still building up confidence when it comes to racing fast and of course, I want to be careful about the ‘ol hamstring and IT band. Alma agreed to be my pacer/workout buddy and the plan was to start out slow and run negative splits. We went through the first mile nice and easy (chatting about our party plans for tonight!) and then started to drop the pace.

  • Mile 1 – 8:30
  • Mile 2 – 7:55
  • Mile 3 – 7:40
  • Mile 4 – 8:00 (uphill?)
  • Mile 5 – 7:30
  • Mile 6 – 7:30
  • Mile 7 – 7:35
  • Mile 8 – 7:30
  • Mile 9 – 7:10
  • Last .3 – FAST!
  • Total finish time: 15K (9.3 miles) in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds for an average of 7:41 pace.

Hooray! I was definitely feeling fatigued (umm, 5.5 hours of sleep last night, bleh), but If I were actually racing this I think I could have gone faster. Next up: Manhattan 1/2 marathon on January 24th!

After a 1.5 mile cool-down, we found ourselves in Starbucks where I ordered my favorite drink: decaf misto with one-pump of gingerbread syrup. And then…I picked up a special package that was waiting for me at the post office!

All bundled up…those giant green mittens are the best!

Ted Corbitt 15K

Melissa from Trying to Heal was my Blogger Secret Santa – and I am one lucky girl! My box was packed with peanut butter clif and odwalla bars, Qbel pb-chocolate wafers, and a whole plate of homemade goodness! Of course, I had to sample some of the sweets right away. I tried a piece of the Oatmeal M&M snack bar and a chocolate-covered graham cracker. Yum. Thanks, Melissa!

Secret Santa Blogger

And then I was ready for some more food. 12 miles of running = HUNGRY. I mixed a Tbs of peanut butter with a container of Chobani non-fat greek yogurt and added it to a chopped pear. With a cup of sugar cookie sleigh ride herbal tea to warm up!

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea

After showering and some emailing, I was ready for another snack. This was kind of an odd combo and not all that photogenic, but it did taste pretty good. I melted a string cheese on a whole wheat tortilla added some chipotle hummus and salsa and rolled it up like a burrito.

tortilla with cheese, hummus, and salsa

With carrot sticks and more hummus on the side.

Carrots and hummus

Just finished a little bit of writing (check out Running Shorts later today – Matt and I will have something fresh and new posted shortly!) and now I’m off to prepare for the holiday party Alma and I are hosting tonight. Excited!

We’re supposed to get A LOT of snow this evening, what’s your favorite snow day activity? I have big plans for a mug of hot chocolate and a good book tomorrow….

  • Congrats on the race!! All of your treats look yummy!! Now I want hot chocolate.

  • Great race time!
    So much good food. The nuttzo and qbel have my eye.
    I love hot chocolate and a good puzzle while watching a movie when there’s nothing else to do.

  • Congratulations on such a great race!

    Are you running Boston this year? Will I see you there???

  • Congrats on the great race! And in this cold….I was freezing on my run today.

  • Congrats on the race! That is an awesome time for not racing my dear! Sweet package to come home to as well.
    Snow or rain = baking!

  • courtney

    WHERE did you find that tea???? i have looked EVERYWHERE for that and the gingerbread flavor!

  • Congrats on your race…you are amazing! Would you believe that I have never seen snow?!? I am a Texas girl and I have never been skiing. We always opted for the beach for our vacations! Snow looks really pretty but it also looks REALLY cold!! 🙂

  • great job on the race!!!

    and so glad you like the package!!! i love qbels and it was the only one they had, otherwise i would have sent more!!! so great! i hope you enjoy everything else too!!!

  • You are insane and amazing. I’m in awe of you….I think I’ve said that before but seriously, I mean it.

    Your runs are very encouraging to me since I am not a millionth of the runner you are don’t have as much motivation to get up and actually run early in the morning……I literally wait til after work.

  • Nancy

    Great job on the race. That is fast. I went to the Nike employee store today in Portland, OR so hopefully the fancy running clothes will inspire me to put in some long runs.

  • WOW! I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it. My husband and I have JUST started to get into running and we are having a blast. He seems to be a natural….and me, well, I’m taking my time! 😉 I will definitely be following your blog for some inspiration and tips. Thanks!

  • Great stats on the race! Again, my hat’s off to you for braving the crazy, blizzardy cold.

    That yogurt mess you created sounds delish!

    So sorry I missed your shindig, but my sore throat says maybe it’s best that I stayed incubated.

    I think I’m going to follow your lead and finish my current read with a nice mug of tea on this snowy day.

    Have a great Sunday!

  • Sara

    Wow, I think we had the same day yesterday–I ran the Ted Corbitt, though not with nearly as impressive a time, congrats!–and I got myself snowed in afterward. Likewise, my next race is the Manhattan Half. Your eats are lovely as usual, congrats again on a great race and stay warm & dry!

  • Great work on the 15k. Love your bundled up look!

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