This past weekend the FBGs (Jenn, Erin, Tish and Kristen) ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Brooklyn courtesy of Brooks Running. This week, each FBG is sharing how her thoughts on how the race went by answering the three same questions. The difference of answers should be, well, interesting!
A race in fall? In Brooklyn? With three amazing women who inspire the heck out of me? Heck to the yes. And let me just say that our recent Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Brooklyn was nothing short of memorable. Freezing, yes. But a time I won’t forget.
How the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Brooklyn Went (for Me)
1. What was your favorite moment of the race? There were a lot of memorable moments at the race on Saturday, but my favorite—crazy as it sounds—was about thirty minutes before the race started, when we were about as cold as could be. (What is with me and freakin’ cold weather during races?!) With temps under 40 degrees and being out waaay before the sun was up (we had a wake-up call of 4 a.m.), we were excited and dancing around to stay warm. (“Whomp There It Is” may have been sung and danced to.) Alyson Hagert who was representing our sponsor Brooks Running joined in our stay-warm silliness and we soon had a group of five ready to run. It was in those moments before the race, when we couldn’t feel our toes or our fingers and were so pumped to get moving and warm that were my fave. I love the anticipation, and we all know I love the pain.
2. Did you reach your goal? I did! We all know my goal was to finish and have a good time. I was ready to go and ready to enjoy and that I did. I smiled a lot, laughed a ton, danced like an idiot, spent time with my girls and felt damn good post-race. In fact, I have no idea what my time even remotely was. And that’s totally okay with me. Poor FBG Tish was having some major acid reflux issues during the race, so we walked some, ran some and jammed to the rock ‘n’ roll bands. After ALL she did to get me through the Disney Marathon in 2010, it was only right that I was there to help her get through—cracking jokes to get her to smile and helping her get through the last few miles one step at a time. So being there for her was my No. 1 priority—and it was amazing to cross another finish line together. Goal reached!
3. Pick one word to describe the race. This might throw you after me complaining about the cold, but my one word to describe the race would be “sunny.” I’ve chosen the word for two reasons. First, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and once the sun rose and we were running, it was a GLORIOUS fall day in Prospect Park. I felt blessed to be there, and the temp actually was perfect to run in. Second, being all together with my girls was just a happy, sunshiny thing to do. Taking photos, getting our medals, have a post-race mimosa and toasting to our 6.2 miles was just a feel-good, bask-in-the-sunlight experience. So sunny!
A big thanks to Brooks Running and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series peeps for the fab opportunity! Tell me, have you ever run a race with your friends? What’s the one word would you use to sum up your experience? —Jenn