I think I’m finally ready to admit it: I am a runner. I had so much fun in the Glenville/Schenectady 5K in Scotia, New York last Saturday that I think I am ready to get semi-serious about this.
As you may recall, I got tricked into running/walking my first 5k in April. Since then I’ve been running 4-6 miles a week. I actually bought some real running clothes. But I still maintained that I was not runner.
A month or so ago, Heather emailed the invitation to the second annual Capital District NY Eat Drink Blog brunch. Last year’s brunch was the first ever gathering of CDNY Eat Drink Blog, though I didn’t get involved until October. Of course, the day wasn’t just brunch, there was a 5k in the morning as well. So, I signed up, figuring I could actually try this time and see what happened.
The race was pretty small scale, but incredibly well organized. There were a ton of volunteers along the route and everyone, runners and volunteers, was friendly and helpful. I like smaller races, the crowd wasn’t overwhelming or intimidating. It really seemed like everyone was there just to have a good time. Liz let me borrow her Spibelt, which was awesome because I’ve been debating buying one for a while. Contrary to my concerns, it didn’t move at all while I ran and I never felt the urge to mess with it. Now I know I want one.
After all 3 of us (Heather, Liz and I) successfully beat our previous 5k records, we headed back to Heather’s to prep for brunch and remind everyone else repeatedly that we PR’d (PR=personal record).
I brought the Food Network’s Crustless Spinach Quiche which was a hit.
There was lots of other yummy food as well, though we were pretty carb focused this year. The center of attention was the pancake mix-in station. Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in pancakes? Yes, please.
Emily’s cookie dough cupcakes
Julie’s Savvy Scones
We had a good time talking about life and food and blogging and fitness. Such a good time that we forgot to take any group photos until most people had left. At the end of the afternoon we took this one:
Thanks to various members of CDNY Eat Drink Blog for suggesting I try running, teaching me the ins and outs of races, letting me crash at your apartment, and sharing your delicious food and photographers. I can’t wait for our next meet up.