Saturday morning started off bright & early at 8am. It was my third year doing the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in honor of a friend’s mom. While there were a few runners in our group, the rest of us took the opportunity to slow down to a casual stroll and chat.
We ended it with the annual BBQ which included “flip flip scrabble cup” and break out dance routines :
After picking out horses (I took Take Charge Indy – it sounded powerful….and I had 2 seconds to decide) I switched from Derby to Cinco de Mayo :
Pinata Baseball on the rooftop leaded to jumping pictures … we weren’t very good at them. Someone made delicious cupcakes with lemon zest – perfect recovery fuel for a < 3.1 mile walk.
Sunday was the first UGS/Athelta group run of the Spring season. Over 90 girls showed up!! I recognized some faces from the fall and there were a ton of new ones. I was really impressed with how the event was organized and even noticed little ways they improved from last year (raffle ticket inside of the goody bag? Brilliant! Sometimes it’s the simplest things).
I was hesitant at first to even go because of my hip & all the silly injuries but figured I could stick with the beginners and always drop down to walkers. With indirect peer pressure I ended up jumping in the intermediate group at the last-minute – a loose estimate of 9:30 min mile.
There was so many of us that even the intermediate group broke down into 3 groups. I ended up running with 5 girls and by the end started dragging in the bag – hip wasn’t too happy, not to mention I was feeling the few weeks off from any cardio. But it was a good run & I’m glad I went. During the group stretch I stepped away to do a blood test … so skipped stretching my first run back – way to go for injury prevention.
RunKeeper lied again so I didn’t get stats but we ran for 39:40 minutes and I think the coach said 10:15 min mile pace … something between 3.5 – 4 miles.
I then rushed to met a friend for brunch at Elmo‘s, shopping & The High Line.
Living in the UES I don’t visit it often and it was cool to see how much it’s expanded since I last went. Need to venture over there more often.
I over-corrected for brunch and ended up going low as we were heading back …which totally calls for 16 Handles. I tried the Greek Honey Yogurt flavor – I’ll be sticking to Birthday Cake (my fav) & Blueberry (that makes it healthier right?).
Lots of friends, activities & carbs – the perfect weekend.