What a fabulous weekend of running and football – two of my favorite things. And thanks to all the amazing friends who made it even more awesome. I’ll start with the recap of the race: Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn! After a late start Friday and travel in a lot of pouring rain I made it to New York. I’ve been to NYC many times but have never actually ventured into Brooklyn. First off, Prospect Park is an absolute treasure. It was simply gorgeous and I knew upon arrival I was going to enjoy this run (and bad blogger I took virtually no pictures of the actual park, I’m such a tease!) Packet pick up was from noon – 5 pm in Grand Army Plaza. With 40 minutes to spare I found plentiful street parking near the entrance. Unlike other Rock n’ Roll events there was no expo to be had (at least on Friday), which made sense given the only event was the 10K. It was truly a packet pick up and I appreciated the low key-ness and order and ease to get your swag.
Race day was early on Saturday – 7:30 am start time to be exact. I stayed close by so was able to hop in a cab and be there in minutes. I also met up with fellow running buddy Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes (ok, I peer pressured her into signing up and joining me!). It’s always nice to see blogging friends in person!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how I was going to approach this race. I had just done a half last week and minimal running in between (nevermind I met a friend for a beer the evening before!) 6 miles is a typical run for me so I knew I had it regardless. I was in Corral 3 and they actually started us pretty timely with about 30 seconds between Corrals. The route itself was great. We ran through and around the park, past the Prospect Park Zoo and some slight (!!) elevation throughout. Around Mile 4ish the real elevation started and I hit my wall. At this point I really questioned my racing choices 😉 but I pushed through the hill and the end was a nice slow descent into the Nethermead (gorgeous open field in the park and finish area).
All in all I finished in a respectable 57:14, average pace 9:13 – not my PR by several minutes and less than the 50-55 minutes I had “hoped” for – but it was a beautiful run and I really enjoyed this race. The medal is pretty bad ass too I must say. RnR puts on really strong events and as this is my third one this year, qualifies me for the Triple Crown medal – huzzah!! While the logistics of getting in and out of NYC were a little nuts, I enjoyed Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn and my visit to this new to me neighborhood!
The rest of the weekend is best recapped in pictures. I met up with a friend after the race as we prepared for our Steelers to take on the Jets. As fans of the game, we opted to take a tour of Metlife Stadium (it was long, nearly 2 hours but fun).
I was starving by the end of it so we went out to a really cool place called Zinburger for gourmet burgers and truffle fries and sangria. The manager asked how our meal was and when we raved about our amazing waiter, she asked us if “hypothetically” a dessert appeared we’d partake. Then this showed up:
Game day arrived and we were ready to go!!