Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Race Recap - Take Your Base 5k

We had such a blast at the Take Your Base 5k on Sunday in Coney Island, even Roger, who woke up saying, "I don't want to run. Don't sign me up for another run ever again."

Look at that happy face. You can't even tell that mere hours before, I was dragging him out of bed with promises that I would never, under any circumstances, even ask him to run with me again.

The race started just outside MCU Park, where the Coney Island Cyclones play, and did a quick out-and-back along the boardwalk. It was hot and sunny out there, and we ran into a few sand patches, but overall, it was a fantastic course. At 9am, it was early enough that not too many people were out there, but seeing all the shops and restaurants along the beach gave us some landmarks to remember for the way back. Shelby noted that when we couldn't cover the Parachute Jump by holding our thumbs up anymore, that meant we were close to the finish line.

Enjoying some post-race treats
We ran with our friends Danielle, Shelby, and Mike, and everyone really kicked ass. Danielle was running her first 5k, and said, "I can see why people would get into this." I am hoping this continues, because I really enjoy having her as a Wednesday-night running buddy. I'm especially proud of Roger, who despite not wanting to run that morning and not training for it at all, didn't take any walk breaks the whole time, and clocked in at 36:40 with me for his very first (and possibly last?) 5k. He also literally caught me from falling as I (no surprise here) tripped over a look board on the boardwalk. Thanks, babe!

The race finished on home plate at the stadium, which was a lot of fun, and the after-party for this was almost as great as the after-party for the 1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut. They had Nathan's hot dogs and fries, and two Coney Island beers for everyone. Along with the running jerseys and the free tickets to that night's Cyclones game, I'd say it's one of the best value races you can do in New York City!

We spent the rest of the day on the beach, swimming, reading, and sunbathing. It got a little crowded toward the end of the day and the water was freezing, but it was still a terrific time. I'd never really been to Coney Island before (Roger and I went with his brother once a few years ago, but we only made it to the aquarium before a downpour sent us home), so it was blast to explore the boardwalk and spend some time admiring the rides and the beach.

Shelby and Mike left before the game started so they could get back to Albany at a reasonable time, and Danielle, Roger, and I headed to the game. We only watched the first few innings, but it was a fun time nonetheless.

I hope to have many more beach weekends this summer!

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