Recap Rewind – Part I: The Winter Series

Before I move forward with le blog, let’s rewind and review the last couple (5) of races:


Cool 5K | Lake County, IL – November 24, 2012

Highlights: Running this brrrific race with Bobbi and Kim! PRing, but not realizing that fact until a month later (derp), and the super duper uber highlight moment: Kim surprising me and Bobbi with our very own personalized race medals! My first race medal, holla! I wore that medal proudly whilst gorging out on a post race brunch at Wildberry. Aww yeah. It’s worth mentioning that Kim put the medal in these cute paint can type containers with…DOVE CHOCOLATES…inside. I savored every damn chocolate, too. No one but me was allowed to touch em. I allowed myself one or two pieces after I completed a run until they were all gone.

Low lights: Having to eavesdrop instead of partaking in Bobbi and Kim’s convos like a stalker because I STILL CANT TALK AND BREATH AND RUN AND THINK AT THE SAME TIME! Sorry, ladies!

Post Race Eats: I recap this stuff because I care. Cookies! Followed by the aforementioned brunch at Wildberry.

Race Swag: A winter hat! My husband wore it all winter.

NYCRUNS HOT CHOCOLATE 5K | Roosevelt Island, NY – December 16, 2012

Highlights: Freaking everything. Kim was in town and paced me to another PR! Seriously, I probably owe this girl my first born – first a medal and then a PR! Which now that I think about it, I only PR with Kim…hmmm. Anyways, Kim paced me, yelled at me, and practically dragged me over the finish line. I kicked and screamed but she just yelled louder. Damn, she’s a good pacer. I ran this fun run with my Husband, my Brother-in-law, and Kim. My fave spectators kept watch of my son and it was just a fun Christmasy run. Roosevelt Island was decked out with Christmas decorations. Hot chocolate and bagels were waiting for us at the finish.

Low light: Taking a walk break. Siiiigh. It was a small one, but I could have and should have pushed myself. My fault.

Post Race Eats: Hot chocolate and bagels, yo! My Road ID does not say RUN FOR BAGELS for nothing. Plus a post race brunch with Kim, The Husband, and Fave spectators. What is it about post race brunches?! Always so nom nom nom!


NYRR GRIDIRON CLASSIC 4M | Central Park, NY – February 3, 2013

Highlights: New distance = automatic PR! I ran this in lieu of the NYRR Dash to the Finish 5k. I was all signed up to run the Dash with the Brother in law and husband but Hurricane Sandy arrived and the rest is history that everyone is aware of and I don’t need to recap that. The race was on Superbowl Sunday and runners were encouraged to wear football related gear so we did! Also, we got to “vote” who we thought would win the Superbowl by running under the appropriate team banners around Mile 3-ish I thought that was cool.

Low lights: I arrived way early and had to wait in the cold in a corral. This race was fun but didn’t help to entirely erase the disappointment of not running the Dash. I was grateful that the NYRR allowed us to choose another race, but as my move date was fast approaching, it stung not being able to participate in that race again.

Post Race Eats – Bagels! This is New York, afterall. Post race brunch (LOVE THOSE) with the Husband a few hours later.

Race Swag: a long-sleeved heavy weight shirt.

Valentine’s Day 5K – Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY – February 11, 2013

Highlights: I ran this race on a whim to use as a little training for the following week’s relay held on the same course. Prospect Park. Home to Mt. PITA. I totally ran that whole course and all the way up that freakin hill. It was a shining moment for me and I was prrrroud!

Low lights: Nothing, I ran up that stupid hill. Booyah.

Post Race Eats – Can you guess? Bagels! And since we were in the neighborhood, donuts from Dun-Well Donuts.

Race Swag: A red carnation flower, a water bottle and a long sleeved heavy weight t-shirt.

2013 Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay – Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY – February 17, 2013

Highlights: Partaking in the relay for the second time! This time it was my Brother in law, Husband, and I running “against” Kim, her husband, and her brother in law. Collectively, we were the RELAYTEDS! I’ll just let you think about that for a moment. My favorite part was running with Kim’s husband whom I never had the opportunity to run with ever. And yes, I made it up the hill, again. Slowly.

Low lights: A last minute babysitting snafu left us without a babysitter. We had to switch around legs and sprint back to home base to hang out with my son. It all worked out in the end, but the stress of trying to figure out a new game plan together with a couple of other things floating around my head – I didn’t enjoy this race as much as I would have liked.

Race Swag: Running gloves, which came in super handy during the race! Totally beats last year’s “hats”.

Post Race Eats: I saved room for DUN WELL DONUTS! Look at that, we were in the neighborhood, again! And leftover pizza! Le Yum!

Thanks for reading this far! I commend your endurance! Part II: The Texas Edition will follow soonish.

Let me end this marathon recapping session by wishing Kim a very happy birthday today and also, big huge congratulations to my friend, Courtney on her recent engagement! Banner week!

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9 thoughts on “Recap Rewind – Part I: The Winter Series

  1. kilax says:

    YAY! I don’t even know where to start. This post is awesome, because, hells yeah, I was at more than 50% of those races!!!

    I like how you added the post race eats. This is a very good idea and all bloggers should do it. Especially if it includes, bagels, pizza, donuts or chocolate!

    Cool 5K feels like it was f-o-r-e-v-e-r again! I think the SBC needs to get together for another run, no! And Gina needs to do most of the talking this time! Have you been practicing talking while running… um… talking to yourself? 😉

    The Hot Chocolate 5K was a blast! We did have the best spectators! And I loved pacing you (2x in a row)! Ha ha ha. I was reading that and remembered about the awesome bibs. You forgot the schweet race swag for that one though! Remember how excited Steve was to show me?! Too cute 🙂

    That 4M is such a good idea! I like how you got to “vote.” I don’t recall… did you vote correctly? I bet you did 😉

    Cheater! There was supposed to be no practicing at Mt. Pita! JK… maybe. I’m watchin’ you!

    I wish the relay would have worked out differently for you guys this year! I am very grateful you were still able to to make it work though 🙂 It’s a really fun race! “hats” *snort* I love those gloves! Such interesting swag you got at all these!

    Aww, thanks for the birthday wishes! And so excited for Courtney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  2. I love the baby sitting relay!!!! And happy birthday Kim!
    And each of those races was different and you had some cool “firsts” at each of them! Yay! for back to blogging too!

  3. bobbi says:

    I think the SBC needs to have an annual (at LEAST) outing 🙂 And Wildberry should ALWAYS be involved!

  4. Courtney says:

    I loved this post!! I really really enjoyed reading your race recaps… I really enjoyed the Post Race Eats too, food would be very motivational for me!!! I think it’s fantastic that you have run as many races as you have, I am so proud of you!! I look forward to many more race recaps!!! Thanks for the “shout out”!!!

    • Gina says:

      I’m glad you enjoy reading the recaps bc there is like three more muahahaha. I feel like food has negative calories after running a race. That probably only applies to marathons, but I’ll pretend that works for 5Ks, too! : )

  5. Courtney says:

    Good! I look forward to the race recaps!!! Bring them on!!! I seem to think that all food has negative calories after any type of exercise, oops!! I know for sure it works for 5k’s!!!

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