This is how you do a 5K race on a hot-as-hell day:
Free unlimited beer at the after-party.
Seriously, this is what’s missing from all of the NYC races I’ve done! And no, I don’t just mean the beer, although it was a fantastic touch. Today’s Dolan’s 5K in Prospect Park just felt totally local and fun. Post-race party at the neighborhood high school with burgers and hot dogs and a live band. Totally reminded me of my Ohio days. Awesome.
Unfortunately, my race face wasn’t exactly on today. But it’s okay. It was hot and humid and this race didn’t start until 10 AM, which didn’t help things. So I made a 5K sandwich with a 4-mile warm-up and 4-mile cool-down and logged 11 total today, treating the 5K more like a tempo than a race. Here are the dirty deets:
Race: Dolan’s Memorial 5K
Date: June 6, 2010
Conditions: Hellishly hot (85*+) and humid
Mile Pace: 7:30
Major props to teammates Gabriel, Al and Budd, who actually managed to race today and take home some age group hardware. Thanks for giving me an excuse to stick around the after-party while y’all waited for your trophies! 🙂
I was wiped when I got home. I’m not sure which was more exhausting – 11 miles of running or a hot dog and five (I think?) beers! The hubs is outta town and a snooze sounded delightful. The cats agreed and took full advantage of the extra space in the bed. The three of us sprawled out for a luxurious afternoon catnap.
Now I am watching some trash TV: MTV Movie Awards, you make me feel old!
Banh Mi sandwich:
And, of course, fresh summer rolls with peanut sauce:
I’m a huge fan of Vietnamese food and I thought this was pretty decent! The summer rolls especially were crisp and flavorful and just about perfect. The banh mi was pretty good – not as good as Nicky’s, but definitely enjoyable.
Today’s DRINK: Morning beers! There is something hilarious about drinking a Bud in a plastic cup in a high school gymnasium. In Brooklyn. At 11 AM.
Today’s RUN: Total for the day: 11 miles.
Today’s QUESTION: If it was hot as heck for you this weekend, too – how’d you handle it?