My legs are tired.

Last night I ran my third consecutive JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge race in Central Park. I have my beefs with this over-crowded race (I’m talking to you keds-wearing, jeans-clad, fanny-pack woman who somehow found her way to the competive runner’s corral), but all-in-all it’s a fun event. After Tuesday’s ladder workout, my legs were definitely not feelin’ fresh, so I decided to do this event as a tempo run. The first mile was 7:25 and then I dropped the pace a bit each mile after that. I finished the 3.5 mile course in 25: 15. My legs felt heavy and I am very much looking forward to easy mileage today and tomorrow.

Most post-race photos are not nearly as beautiful as some, but I thought I’d post one anyway, heh. Love that tomato red face. So precious.


For comparison, here are my times from this race for the last 3 years:

2008 – 26:02 (~7:20 pace) (Race effort)

2009 – 30:27 (~8:42 pace)ย (Injured and out of shape, booooo)

2010 – 25:15 (~7:12 pace) (Tempo effort)

With a 2 mile warm-up + 3.5 mile tempo + .5 mile cool-down I ended up running 6 miles for the day. Not as much as I’d wanted, but I was seriously wiped out by the end. I hightailed it home and made some good eats –

I served some israeli cous cous salad on top of CSA arugula (love!) and had a grilled veggie and dijon mustard sandwich on a whole wheat baguette. With seltzer, because I’m addicted to the bubbles.

veggie sandwich

Dessert was a cup of strawberry cheesecake Skinny Cow ice cream. Yum! I’m not usually a fan of strawberry, but this was good (although almost too sweet).

Skinny Cow

And some spoonfuls of my BFF – nutella! I love carbs, yum yum yum.


I’d like to say I did something productive (or at least fun) with the rest of my night, but instead I fell asleep after dinner, on myย sofa, still in my sweaty running clothes. Whoops.

Question: What’s your favorite carbohydrate? I’m not (shock, surprise!) a pasta or rice fan, but I do like bread, cereal, and potatoes.

  • Megan

    question. what is that shirt/tank sitch you have workin’ there?
    just wondering.

  • Great job on the race. Yes, remember it’s fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the new Skinny Cow cups too. I think the Caramel Cone or Cookies N Cream is my favorite.

  • Favorite carb, huh? Hot cereals. I rotate between oatmeal, rice cereal, quinoa porridge, barley, and grits on a pretty regular basis, with some kind of fruit and protein cooked in. Yum!

  • @Megan – hehehe, our company t-shirts were oversized 100% cotton things, no bueno for a hot, humid race, so I cut off the collar and sleeves.

  • “keds-wearing, jeans-clad, fanny-pack woman” Love that line! Totally made me laugh … but I hear your frustration in there for sure! Good job on the run!

  • Megan

    @Runnerskitchen BHAHAHAHAHAAA. I’m your number one fan, fyi

  • I love bread. Any and all:)

  • I really wanted to say something about the Chicago Bulls jersey look you had going on there, but OtherMegan beat me to the punch. Regardless, looking snazzy.

  • Oh my, perhaps I am a purist, but I do not approve of people running races just to finish them! Wearing jeans and a fanny pack, now that is atrocious!

    And I think you actually look quite alright in your post-race photos…my hair is often completely drenched.

    My favorite carbs would be oats, bread, and FRUITS :)…I am obsessed with Ezekiel bread and with cooking berries in my oatmeal!
    I’m not a huge potato eater and I will only eat rice with Asian food (I lurrrrve me some brown rice sushi)

    So I think I have seen quite a few races on your blog recently…I think you certainly deserve to pass out on your couch early.

  • I am all about tortillas recently. Of course, I just baked a loaf of irish brown bread in a rare domestic moment, so I think I’ll probably be all about that for the next few days!

  • How awesome is it that 3 years ago your race pace was 7:20 and now your tempo pace is 7:12? YOU ROCK! And I totally agree with you that Nutella totally rocks…I like it with crackers. I like that sweet salty combination. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen

    Well I’m going to break from all you healthy commenters and say that I love potato chips. They’re my biggest vice. Popcorn and triscuits are pretty close behind.

  • Nice job at the race! Nuts how many people run that thing. Favorite carbohydrate (mmm, carbs) is for sure cereal. Bagels are also delicous, and sweet potatoes. Can’t forget about baked goods – not the best kind of carbs, but they’re carbs!

  • Eileen

    Great race! I’ve done that one many times, and it is a pain, but fun in its own way. You were smart to take it as a tempo run.

    Your dinner looks DELICIOUS! As for me, my favorite carb is a fluffy blueberry muffin.

  • Way to go! Thats great time!

    My fav carb is definitely potatoes. Mostly because they’re so versatile.

  • Impressive you were able to find room in that mess. Unless another gun is pointed at my head next year, I’m not doing the CC. Too crowded. Nice pic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Favorite carb is definitely french fries or potato chips. I like my carbies with a healthy dose of fat and salt too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love that you doctored the tee shirt! Haha.

  • Felicity

    thought you would enjoy this video based on your comment about kesha the other day ๐Ÿ™‚ – my RUN is my drug! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MEGAN! i just caught up on all your posts – first off, congrats on the TWO races! you are my running hero…i hope you know that.

    second off, i want to be your college roomie! your trip to boston looked like SO MUCH FUN!

    and you know i can appreciate whenever ice cream is on a blog – i successfully have several more flavors/brands i need to try now. i hope you have a wonderful weekend – love ya!

  • great job on the race, considering the circumstances with those fanny-pack laden people! hehe!

    i’m like you, not a fan or pasta, but bread and cereal are a must carb for me!

  • Ellen

    CEREAL! Hands down. It’s one of my fave foods period. I have yet to try those Skinny Cow ice cream cups, but I really need to. Anything that helps with portion-control is always a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚