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Grete’s Great Gallop – Leopard Party – Oct 1, 2017

The happy couple ūüėÄ

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.

Ben at the Bronx 10 Miler, 2016.

Me and Ben at Beat the Blerch 2014

Me and Ben at Beat the Blerch in Washington, 2014.

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!

Ain’t no party like a leopard party…

‘Cause a leopard party don’t stop!

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!

I even did my nails for this race – and was inordinately proud of my job.

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.


I love this soft, cozy 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!

NYRR Gridiron 4M – Race Recap

Before the start of the NYRR Gridiron 4-miler.

Finding my corral before the start of the NYRR Gridiron 4-miler.

The NYRR Gridiron 4 Miler and Longest Football Throw was this morning – it’s a good way to motivate yourself to run 4 miles in the cold before stuffing your face with chips and pizza and wings later. ¬†I can’t remember the last time I ran this particular race (if ever), so it was fun to see all the runners in their football jerseys and team colors. ¬†Are the Giants in the Superbowl this year? ¬†Because it looked like it out there… ¬†(And fyi, I think I saw more Broncos jerseys than I did Jets, despite the NY location…)

Lining up in my corral!

Lining up in my corral!

Before the start of the race they announced the winners of the football throw (held one hour before the race). ¬†The woman threw over 30 yards and the man threw over 50 yards. ¬†That sounds like a lot to me, as I’m pretty sure I’d have trouble throwing a frisbee more than 5 yards. Good for them!


The course itself is the inner 4-mile loop in Central Park, skipping the Harlem Hills and the lower portion of the loop. ¬†I started in my proper corral (K, the last corral), but not at the very back, and it still took me about 9 minutes to cross the starting line. ¬†The bad thing about short NYRR races like this is that it was really crowded the entire time (there were over 5,000 finishers). ¬†I ran my heart out but was still quite slow compared to actual fast people (averaged about 10:15 pace), yet I swear I passed over a thousand people. ¬†It was a little frustrating to weave in and out so much, but if I wanted to run on an empty road I wouldn’t do a NYRR race.

I "voted" for the Broncos, but sadly I think the Panthers will win.

I “voted” for the Broncos, but sadly I think the Panthers will win.

There’s also a fun spot along the 72nd Transverse where you can “vote” for your team by running under their banner. ¬†It seemed like a surprisingly even split amongst the runners, but I’m not sure if people were voting for their favorite team, the team they thought would win, or if they simply didn’t care and didn’t change lanes while running. ¬†NYRR reports that a majority of the runners chose Denver, because runners respect their elders.


There were a few water stops along the course and at the finish you got more cups of water, a large bagel (plain or cinnamon raisin), and a red delicious apple. ¬†The shirt is a white (ugh!) cotton long-sleeved shirt with a logo on the front and sponsors on the back. ¬†Overall, this is a fine race, nothing special, but good if you’re looking to do a 9+1 to qualify for the marathon, and it was 100% effective in getting me to run outside today, which I definitely would not have done on my own.



Who are you rooting for in the Superbowl today?  What are you planning to eat?  Do you enjoy the commercials more than the game?  Share in the comments!