Monday, March 21, 2011

St. Paddy’s Day 5k

My first 5k was a success! Thank you so much for virtually cheering me on from the sidelines!

The weather didn’t cooperate (read: cold and rainy) but that wasn’t anything a little Irish Jigging at the start-up line couldn’t fix! Hey, there were playing Irish music and it was a St. Patty’s Day race, so it was only fitting.

After a super early wake-up call, I got my metabolism revving with my usual pre-run breakfast. Coffee, toast with almond butter, and a banana.


Then my friend Tracy and I headed into the city to meet up with her sister, Carrie!

st paddys 5k

Admittedly, the shirts aren’t the cutest! I guess they wanted us to look like a bunch of running leprechauns!

st paddys 5k_2

After we were all geared up, we hopped into a taxi to head over to the race! I was so nervous that I would forget something, so I kept saying to myself: garmin? check. iPod? check. gloves? check. race bib? check.

I’m a worrywart, I know.

The Race

The course followed a loop near a nature center in Chicago. The course was relatively flat and open—which I was quite happy about!

The first fourth of a mile was a little bumpy. I was trying to find my pace and navigating around people to carve out a spot for myself.

Once I had pushed through the crowd, it was smooth sailing. I settled in at around an 8:20/mile pace and zoned out to my playlist.

st. paddys playlist

Before I knew it, I was looping around and passing the 2 mile marker. At this point, I had to awkwardly take off my zip-up. I made the mistake of attaching my bib to the zip-up, so I had to pull it down over my shoulders and wrap it around my waste! Lessons learned right there.

At the last quarter-mile stretch, the finish line was in sight! I sprinted it out and finished in 25:50.

Overall place: 131 out of 1151.

Age group: 3rd out of roughly 100.

I was totally not expecting to be 3rd place in my age group, but I was super pumped!

I’m running another 5k on April 2nd—so I hope to improve my time a little bit!

I’ve definitely caught the racing bug. Big time.


After the race, we were all starving and ready for some fuel! After changing out our sweaty clothes, we found ourselves at Weathermark for their reputable sweet potato fries!

Since we were having a girl’s day, we decided to indulge in post-race cocktails.

post race cocktails

I stuck with a glass of pinot grigio.

For my meal, I ordered a veggie whole wheat wrap with sweet potato fries.

whole wheat

In the wrap: tomato, lettuce, avocado, and hummus. It was a great meal with great company.

{insert a few hours of shopping—Anthropologie, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Old Navy}

I did a little damage at H&M! That’s pretty much my favorite store, so when I get the chance to go I never come out empty-handed.

Of course, no shopping trip (or just life in general) is complete without a little dessert. I was in the city, so you know what I opted for…



1/2 original tart + 1/2 chocolate truffle topped with white chocolate chips and pineapple. Amazing as always.

Back to Reality

Sunday was an absolutely fabulous way to spend my last day of spring break! Now it’s back to the grind! I have a busy week ahead—a paper due, lots of subjects to run, a big exam on Wednesday, and of course participating in Morgan’s pipes challenge.

I’ll be doing the 100 pushups program, so by the end of the 6 weeks I should be able to do 100 pushups. It sounds pretty crazy to say right now—but I’m hopeful!

Have a great day guys!

<3 Stefanie

To all my fellow college students who were on Spring Break—I hope you have a great first day back!

Have you ever ran a 5k? If so, do you remember how you felt when you crossed the finish line? Did you catch the racing bug?


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