Is there a better way to celebrate an impending wedding than with a group race? Not if you’re all dressed in coordinating leopard outfits, that’s for sure! This past Sunday I ran NYRR’s Grete’s Great Gallop 10K to celebrate my friend Ben’s wedding (this Saturday!). Even if you don’t know Ben, you might actually recognize him as the almost naked runner who frequents NYRR races.
A group of us decided to run this 10K together a while ago, but I’m impressed at the level of commitment to costuming displayed by all! There wasn’t a single person who didn’t have at least some leopard on them – and two guys went “full-Ben” with tight shorts and no tops!
Even the spectators got into the leopard theme! Ben was also surprised by his bride-to-be, who told him she was going to work that day but instead ran her first 10K with him! She also sprinted easily through the finish, so I have a feeling more races will be in her future!
After the race a smaller group of us went out to brunch and had chocolate chip muffins with strawberry butter, then went to Levain bakery for even more chocolate chip goodness. Needless to say, this is the kind of running I can get behind.
The 10K itself was fine – another standard NYRR race. We started in the very back so it wasn’t too crowded, and I literally chatted the entire way, so that was nice (thanks, D-lo!). There were bagels and apples at the finish, along with cups of water and Gatorade. My favorite part about the race itself was the shirt – it’s a cotton/poly mix and so so soft! It’s a shirt you can wear running or just lounging around, and since 98% of my time is spent lounging around and only 2% running, I’m very happy with this shirt.
Ok, so maybe I spend 1.97% of my running time thinking about running. Speaking of, I signed up for a couple more marathons next year – Tobacco Road Marathon in North Carolina and Martha’s Vineyard Marathon in Massachusetts. Gotta get back on that 50 State quest – those states aren’t running themselves.
Would you run a race to celebrate a wedding? What’s your favorite part about weddings? Have you ever tried doing nail art at home? Share in the comments!