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Komen 5K Race Recap

Federer just lost the US Open… 😥 I still owe you the second part of my US Open recap which I will do later this week. We can reminisce together about Federer’s good times at the Open this year. Like when he won when I was there. And when he hit a winning shot between his legs.

So back to this post. On Sunday morning my alarm went off at 7am and I did not want to get up! I had been in some pain for the last few days. On Thursday evening, I started feeling intense spasming high up in my stomach, right under my ribcage. Every few minutes there would be an excruciatingly painful spasm that would cause me to cry and sometimes scream out. Then it would pass and I would still be in pain, but not nearly as bad as the spasm that came again in a few minutes. It went on like this the entire night. Even though it was not nearly as bad the next day, it didn’t go away either.

When my alarm went off on Sunday, I wanted to go back to sleep. After two spasms of light pain I was concerned, but once I got out of bed the pain subsided and luckily I felt fine. Very lucky, since I had my second 5K that day!

I made a green juice, did my stretches and was about to pin my number on when I realized there were no safety pins in my race packet. I still had my pins from last week’s race, so I used those for my number. But I didn’t have any more pins left to pin on the pink “I am racing in celebration of _____” bib to my back. I was going to write my mommy, a breast cancer survivor, but unfortunately I couldn’t.

When I was all ready, I walked over to 77th Street and Central Park West to meet Megan at the race start. On the way, I passed by so many people on their way to the run/walk as well! It was amazing to see so many people all meeting up in groups for such a great cause. I walked past a parking garage and the line to get in was very long — all race people as well. Megan got there a little later than we planned because every subway car was packed to the brim with people on their way to the race too. What an amazing turnout!

As you can see, the turnout:

Komen 5K

There were people as far as the eye could see. And the start line — shortly after I took this picture, the scene was completely packed with people:

Komen 5k Start

When Megan got there, we had just enough time to snap a quick picture until her boyfriend (THANK YOU BRIAN!) took our bags away to meet us at the finish line:

Dori and Megan - Komen 5K

I wore my pink headband for breast cancer, since I have no pink running clothes!

As we waited for the race to begin, announcers from one of the TV stations were making announcements over the loudspeaker and talking about the race in general. I found out that Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, Judge Judy (!!!), Cyndi Lauper and Stephen Colbert were all there. I didn’t get to see any of them, although I really only cared to see Judge Judy and Colbert. Megan and I tried to line up at the 10 minute mile line but the entire starting section was so packed with people we had to stay a little further back. Not a big deal since this was not a timed run, it was a fun run.

Once the race started, it took us awhile to get to the starting line. I had started my HRM and Nike + iPod but I restarted them both when we actually started for better accuracy. Once we got to the start we began running up Central Park West, just outside the park. I felt awesome and before I knew it, we were at 90th street turning into the park.

Neither Megan nor I had ever run in Central Park before (bad New Yorkers, I know!) and I have to say, it was really beautiful and refreshing! It had rained for two days before this beautiful day, so the park had that rainy grass smell. It was so shady with all th trees and I loved seeing the Reservoir while I ran! I felt better than I ever had during a run.

I looked at my watch when we got to the 1 mile mark and we were at 10 minutes. We were both very happy with this pace. We were listening to our own iPods but every now and then we would remove an earphone to make a comment to each other. I really enjoyed running with Megan because we stayed at the same pace and were able to remain together while being on our own with our music. I made a really great playlist for the run that kept me positive and happy.

It was really inspiring to see what everyone had pinned to their back about the people they were running in memory for, in celebration of — or to see they were survivors themselves. This one woman running the race was a 4 year survivor, and next to her was a woman who’s bib said she was running in celebration of “my shvester.”

I LOVED SEEING THIS. Shvester means “sister” in yiddish, and my brother often calls me that. It made me so happy to see that word, especially since it was describing a survivor who was able to run! I felt even more motivated to do great on this run after that!

Another fun sight was a guy running with his puppy! The dog looked like it might have been a puggle (awww!) but I don’t know for sure. It was just so sweet to see the pup galloping along in the race among all the people. I wish he had a race number!

Before we reached mile 2, the race became extremely slow because there were just so many people on the course. No complaints here — I am THRILLED that so many people are contributing towards a cure for breast cancer. And since it wasn’t timed, I really did not mind! It kept me from overexerting myself.

The last mile became a little rougher. I stopped feeling as great, although I am happy to say that during this run I got NO ribcage cramp, NO lower tummy cramp, NO knee pain and, for the first time since I started running, NO hip pain during or after my run! It was my most pain free run ever! Although my right knee hurt after, but who cares. So, back to mile 3.

By that time, I wanted the run to be over and was hoping for the finish. I didn’t know this until Megan’s race recap, but she was struggling too. What I also didn’t realize at the time is that Megan and I are at the same level running-wise. For some reason I thought I was slowing her down the entire run, but I found out from her recap that we were naturally at the same pace!

When we got to Mile 3, we were on a nice downhill. I started to feel great again as it became easier to run.

When I saw the finish line ahead, I burst into  sprint. I didn’t mean to, it is just what my body seems to do when it registers a finish line is near! As I said, this wasn’t a timed race, but my body did not care! Sees: Finish line. Does: Sprint.

I took off and ran through the finish. I had thought I left Megan behind, but I looked to my left and there she was! I guess she sped up, too! My heart rate was 201 again at this time. But I was so happy, I completed another 5K!

I’m excited to see if I made it into a race photo. For my last 5k, there were photos of people who finished right before and AND right after me crossing the finish line . . . but somehow they completely missed me! Too bad, I definitely would have bought that. 😉

My final stats

According to Nike + iPod:

Distance: 4.96K – pretty accurate!
Pace: 9:57 min/mi

According to HRM:

Calories: 314
Max HR: 201
Avg HR: 181

I am VERY happy with these results! Megan and I weren’t pushing ourselves very hard until we got to the end, we were just running and enjoying the scenery and the park and we made great time! And I found out after that this was faster than her last 5K! Congrats, Megan! I love running with her and look forward to more great runs in the park!

As soon as the race was over and we met up with Megan’s boyfriend to get our stuff, I had to take off. I was a little disappointed not to be able to walk around to all the booths (including a Tasti Delite booth, hmmmm…) but I had a 10:30 Core Fusion class to get to!

Normally, I wouldn’t schedule a CF class right after a race, but my friend Emily really wanted to take a class and this was the best time to bring her. I hightailed it to 77th and Madison (the race ended on 72nd in the park near 5th) and made it in time. Class was TOUGH — the instructor was Brynn, who I had taken Transfigure with at my old gym, The Sports Club/LA. The class was tough and painful but the hour went by so quickly! Today, my quads and hamstrings are SORE. I plan to start taking Core Fusion more regularly now.

After class, we stood around and chatted and by the time we got out it was almost 1:00 — and I had not eaten a single thing the entire day (aside from the green juice). And I ran for 30 minutes and did strength training for 1 hour. I am sure you can imagine how hungry I was! We planned to go out to brunch but we walked past a street fair on 3rd ave on the Upper East Side and decided to look around since it was such a gorgeous day. I got a crepe from a stand — banana, strawberry and nutella. It was HUGE! And it was a rare treat. I fully deserved it!

I gobbled it all up and felt so much better. Just what I needed. Most street fairs in NYC are the same, with the same booths repeating every few blocks. This one was different, and it was awesome. Let’s just say I walked away from here with a package of tortilla chips and cheese sauce from Qdoba for free and a pair of Sam Edelman sandals for cheap and Devachan products at a discounted price.

Excellent street fair!

I wanted to spend more time but I was beat! I went home and crashed. I slept until about 8 pm, woke up and ate dinner, and went right back to sleep. What a day!

I will be back later this week with the rest of my US Open pictures (mostly of Federer. Sigh.) and more information into what the doctor said about my abdominal pain, as well as some recent decisions I made medically. And I have an announcement to make that has to do with running!

My very first race recap!


Yesterday was my very first race since attempting to become a “runner.” It was the World Trade Center Run to Remember 5K, to benefit charities who help raise awareness of September 11 and help families who suffered losses on that date as well. The race was on Governor’s Island, a place I have never been. Has anyone, really?

I woke up very early to make a green juice (broccoli, celery, spearmint, cucumber, apple) and stretch. The boy asked his trainer for a good hip stretch for me to do, since I always get a really bad pain in my right hip (actually, a little lower than the hip) when I run. I did that and it felt nice. I almost forgot to foam roll, so I ran back and did it after. And at the last second before leaving, I went back inside to grab a sweatshirt. That was the smartest decision ever.

My best friend came with me for support and to watch and to practice getting up early. I left the apartment earlier than I needed to, but it was a good thing. I was on the 1 train headed for the ferry terminal. At 42nd street, they made an announcement that the last stop would be Chambers Street, a few stops before the ferry. There would be shuttle buses making the rest of the stops. I’d be fine with that, but my best friend doesn’t know the subway well and I was worried about her not knowing what to do at that point (she was taking the same subway as me when her Long Island Rail Road train got in). Luckily, the announcement was made right before Penn Station, where she would be getting on. I wasn’t sure if I should get off and meet her at Penn, or if I was too late and she was already on a 1 train. Luckily, I got a surprise burst of service at exactly that time and a BBM from her came in saying she was almost at Penn.

Decision made.

I got off the train and met her at Penn Station, where we took a cab down to the ferry. Perfect!

We took a 9:00 ferry to the island. We were goats.


It was absolutely freezing and windy, although sunny and beautiful. I was shivering and had goosebumps. If I didn’t have my sweatshirt, I would have really been suffering! We walked about 15 minutes to where the pre-race activities were. There were booths representing each charity, booths with food for the runners (bananas, bagels, peaches, pudding cups),  massage booth and more.

Here I am all ready to run! Like the shirt? 😉

Governor's Island Dori before the race

Rae and I sat on the grass in a sunny spot and waited. The announcer told everyone that over 1,000 people signed up for the event — some walkers and some participating in the 3K and children’s run. I popped open my Juice Generation cold pressed green juice and had a couple sips. We waited and waited, as the race did not start until 11. I did some more stretches and we spotted some hammocks placed around the park.


Rae loves the hammock! She even chilled in it while I was running before heading to the finish line to wait for me to cross.

Rae in hammock

As it got close to 11, race time, we walked over to the starting line. I was so nervous!

Start line

At about 5 to 11, they made an announcement that they were delaying the race by 30 minutes because people who took the later ferry didn’t get there with enough time. I was annoyed because we all knew what time the race started. Lots of people made the effort to get there on time. They should have done the same! I was more annoyed because I wanted to eat! I didn’t want a cramp when running, so all I had was green juice and water.

Oh, well. So we waited some more. We saw quite a few people who registered their baby for the run nd the stroller had a bib:


And we saw these strange bike/carriage things. They had pedals like a bike…:

Bike carriages

Finally it was 11:30 and we all took our places. I was so nervous! I stood a little in front of the 10+ min mile sign. Someone sang the national anthem and then we were off!

My first order of business was escaping the crowd. I weaved in and out of people, passing them and moving ahead. I went a little too fast for the beginning of a run, but I just wanted to be able to run at my own pace, not the people’s in front of me! Pretty soon I had my own space and I felt great. It took me a few minutes to notice that I was running with no ribcage cramp! I felt great considering it was the beginning of the run, which is usually tough for me. It was amazing running with all these people around me doing the same thing.

My visor had started to fall very early on and I realized I didn’t make it tight enough. Instead of letting it bother me, I pushed it further down on my forehead against the wider part, and all was good!

When I got to the 1 mile sign, I was surprised to see I had been running for less than 10 minutes! My pace was faster than normal, which I attributed to my escape attempts in the beginning. At that point, however, I had to slow down. Breathing was hard and my heart rate was skyrocketing. It held steady in the 190s for much of the time! I guess I was pushing myself harder than I realized.

The run became more difficult and I didn’t feel that great. Good news — no knee pain, no hip pain, no ribcage cramp, no lower stomach cramp, no neck cramp. I did have the side/back cramp but it wasn’t too bad. I had my Nike + iPod going and enjoyed the updates on how many kilometers I had left. I would find out at the finish line that it was inaccurate, but still a nice thing to have.

The island was beautiful. Lots of grass, views of the water, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, lots of old buildings and parks. I even saw the building where I work!


In the beginning of the run, I passed lots of people. Now, people kept passing me! I tried to keep my pace was steady as I could. I remember being so happy to reach the 2 mile sign, and the time was in the 18:00s! At this point, I was in another world. I can’t even remember what I was thinking or what I saw really, it is like a blur.

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I wasn’t feeling great. Running was hard, my heart rate was still in the 190s, I wanted it to be over. I expected it would take about 33 minutes (although my goal was 30) so I was judging how much longer I had on that time.

When I hit the 3 mile mark, I was able to see the finish line! I was in too much of a blur to notice the time at 3 miles, but once I saw the finish line I just started sprinting. I literally ran as fast as I could, unable to breathe, just running running running, the end was so close, and then I was DONE! Done done done! Someone handed me a cup of water. Ahhhhh.

I saw the time at the finish was at 28-something. I stopped my HRM and Nike + and both were in the 28s as well. How could that be?! Did I really finish in under 30 minutes?! My goal was 30 minutes!

I was SO happy. I called the boy, I called my mom, I called my grandma. I couldn’t believe how well it went! My best friend was waiting near the finish line with my camera to take a picture of me. She saw me in the distance and she got all ready, and as she snapped the close up she realized that she accidentally took a picture of the guy in front of me, who happened to be wearing the same color! She erased the picture, or I’d show you!

So she quickly had to recover and get a pic of me. There I am!

Dori close to the finish line

See the guy in front of me in the same color! She told me I was running so fast! Of course, she happened to see me during my sprint, but it still felt great! I collapsed in the grass for a few minutes, and then we left for the ferry back to the city. Oh and I have to say — the Saucony shirt was PERFECT. Even though I know I was sweating, it wasn’t wet at all. SO dry and airy and breathable. I love it and hope to get more just like it for next summer. My Under Armour visor was perfect as well. I am used to my regular old visor that leaves my forehead soaked, but this one left it completely dry. I am so happy with that purchase.

I kept checking the website,, for my official chip time. Finally, my race was posted and my heart stopped while I got ready to search my name.

And there it was:

Official Chip Time: 28:46 minutes. Pace: 9:16

Aaaaaahhhh! I could not stop smiling!! I beat my 10 minute mile goal, I beat my similar 30 minute goal, and I even finished in less than 29 minutes! I didn’t even train for this, although for longer races I certainly would. Yeah, I am already thinking of longer races. It is just so exciting when you actually finish! I’d really need to train though, my endurance sucked! As you can see my HRM stats:

Avg HR: 187
Max HR: 201 — that HAD to be durng my sprint!
Calories: 312

And now, let us see my Nike + stats.

2.91 miles – wrong.
Pace: 9.51 – wrong.

Although I guess it is a close enough idea? And the calorie difference between the Nike and Polar is often 100! Obviously I trust the Polar. It’s strapped to my chest!

It is decided that next year I will get myself a Garmin or upgrade my Polar.

Although it is cool to see how I sped up and slowed down:

See the sprint at the end?

After we finally got off the island, we decided a taxi would be the quickest route to food. Wrong again! The cabbie who picked us up then sat in the front seat, not moving, hunched over on his cell phone. We asked him if there was a problem and he said one second, and kept talking. We didn’t know what to do! Finally, he started driving, but it was clear he had no idea how to. He ended up staying in a line of double parked cars instead of moving to the lane with all the moving cars. Eventually he figured that out, and his next decision was to take the highway on the east side when we were going to the wesit side — and were currently BETWEEN the two highways. Once on the highway, he drove around 20 miles per hour, even though it was empty. In the middle line. He would hit the gas and take his foot off, over and over. He would also break out of nowhere. Cars were honking at us, and everyone was passing us. I was starting to get frustrated and nauseous. His next decision was to get off the highway and cross town on one of Manhattan’s busiest streets, if not THE busiest — 42nd street. By the time we got to Grand Central, the fare was up to $20 and I couldn’t take his slow, timid driving, and we got out and ended up taking 2 subways to our destination. It would have been one subway if we did this from the ferry! Grrr.

By the time we finally got to Josephina for brunch, I was STARVING. I hadn’t eaten any solid food all day other than a peach after the run! We sat outside and I relaxed and had a bellini and really great banana walnut pancakes. For dinner, another treat, Chipotle — both restaurants from Clean Plates NYC, by the way! I haven’t had Chipotle in about two years, and it was better than I remembered. I will definitely be making more trips here. And I had been wanting to try Josephina for a long time. I enjoyed it so much (and the banana [I think] bread in the bread basket) that I am going for dinner tonight!

Official race pictures will be posted later this week, and I will check back often so I can post them on here. Thank you ALL so much for your words of support and encouragement on the race. I never in my life thought I would be anything resembling a runner, and if it wasn’t for the blog world I am sure I wouldn’t be!

As I mentioned, my posting schedule will be less frequent but I will do my best. Along the same lines, I will be reading your blogs but I won’t be able to comment as much since I will be reading mostly from Google Reader on my BlackBerry. But know that I am here and I am loving what you have to say.

Next week I have the Komen 5K and I am relieved it is not a competitive race. I can barely even remember what it was like during yesterday’s race because I was so amped up and nervous and all.  I am looking forward to taking it easy and chatting with Missy and Megan. Let me know if you want to join!

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