Here’s to the first of many

This week, I had the privilege of running in the A&F Challenge 2010 5K Run with my sister and my mother.  It was my sister’s first 5K EVER, and she finished with an awesome time of 34 minutes and 07 seconds total or a pace of 11 minutes and 01 second per mile.  Hats off to Mollie for a job well done!  My mother, who just ran her first 5K a little over 2 weeks ago, made her first PR by knocking over 2 two minutes off her total time and keeping a 14 minute and 58 second per mile pace.  As always, my father was there to cheer us on and hold the bags!  I am so proud of my family for the determination and dedication they have shown in running and getting healthy.
THAT being said….bring on the awesomeness!  Yes, I said awesomeness because A&F really knows how to throw one heck of a party!  It started with the shirts (it’s all about the shirt), which looks like this:

FRONT    

 It is super-soft and super cool and NOT white and it is the first time EVER that an Abercrombie shirt has fit me):

BACK (the sponsors are the smaller words in the middle)      

My race packet came in a bag that smells like Abercrombie’s Fierce (as does the shirt that I can’t stop sniffing because I have apparently developed an addiction.  Oh no!?!  What happens when I wash it!?!?!) and looks exactly like this:

The race was extremely well organized, efficiently run and took place on the beautiful A&F headquarters campus in New Albany, Ohio (can we say State Park here and more pictures of gorgeous people everywhere?).

Not to mention, the food, drinks and live post-race entertainment were phenomenal.  How could it not be with a menu like this?  We tried everything:

Snacks: Homemade Potato Chips & Root Vegetable Chips
Assorted Seasoning Salt Blends
Bruschetta Trio (Tomato & Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomato & Olive Tapenade, Prosciutto & Parmesan)
Herb & Spice Roasted Mixed Nuts (Cashews, Almonds, Peanuts, Brazil nuts roasted in Olive Oil and Rosemary)
 
Main Courses:
Ground Sirloin Sliders (Provolone Cheese, Mustard, Pickle, Red Onion)
Lemon Pepper Grilled Salmon (Tzatziki Sauce, Salsa Verde)
BBQ Pulled Pork (Aged Cheddar Crisp – Served as slider option or entrée)
Grilled Chicken Breast Tenders (Black Strap Molasses Bar b Que Sauce, Herb Pesto)
100% All Natural Beef Hot Dog (Grilled Onions & Bell Peppers, Whole Grain & Yellow Mustard, Sweet Pickle Relish)
 
Side Dishes:
Classic Pasta Salad
Creamy Dressing
Italian Pasta Salad
Vinaigrette Dressing
Lemon Herb Cous Cous (Fresh Bell Pepper, Spring Onion, Lemon, Basil)
Garden Salad (Mixed Baby Greens, Mustard Vinaigrette, Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Cucumber, Carrot)
Corn on the Cob (Grilled, Finished with Herb Butter)
Antipasto
Assorted Olives, Shaved Cured Meats, Fire Roasted Vegetables
 
Dessert Station:
Freshly Baked Cookies & Brownie Assortment
Mini Keylime Pie Shots
Berries & Cream – Assorted Berries, Vanilla Whipped Cream
Chocolate Mousse Shot – Raspberry Coulis
Miniature Tres Leches – Fresh Whipped Cream & Berry Garnish

  

And drinks such as this:

Wines:
Barefoot Chardonnay, Moscato, Merlot and Pinot Noir
In the tasting area, we will offer:
Alamos Torrontes, a crisp white wine from Argentina
Alamos Malbec, a bold red from Argentina
Bridlewood Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from California.  These wines are just being introduced in the area.
Beers:
Amstel Light
Newcastle Ale
Dos Equis Amber
Magic Hat #9
Blue Moon
Crispin Cider – Original
Non-Alcoholic Beverages:
Coke
Diet Coke
Sprite
Honest Tea
Assorted Powerade drinks
Lemonade
Aqua Frescas
Assorted Waters
 
Not to mention, all funds raised through the 2010 A&F Challenge will support the Ohio State University Medical Center’s Program for Health benefiting woman’s cancers research and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
I finished in 42 minutes and 24 seconds, which is a slow 13:41 per mile for me, but I was struggling with knee pain and leg pain the whole race.  My whole body felt stiff and overworked, but not in a good way, and I actually felt worse after this race then I did last weekend after my half.  I think it was definitley one of those bad running days, and I am really thankful that there was a great party afterwards to ease some of the pain!
For now, I’m relaxing until tomorrow when I am supposed to run 10 miles with MIT, but I think I will be taking it easy and just trying to enjoy the run, no matter how short it may be!  And tonight, I’ll be smelling my A&F shirt in all of it’s Fierce and plush gray-glory until it has to be peeled from my body and surrendered to the harshness of Tide and my washing machine…


Comments

  1. Hi from Orlando!

    I found you via comments on MJ’s awesome ‘slow runner’ post, and clicked over to learn more about a fellow back-of-the-pack runner. 🙂 Great to meet you! I love your blog’s title. MJ is terrific, isn’t she? We’ve been bloggy buddies for a while, and recently met at a bloggy meet-up I put together… had so much fun. She’s even more terrific in person.

    So, about this race and all you girls: WOW! And OMG! And… congrats!

    The atmosphere/events: amazing. Your race times: very cool. The t-shirt: off the charts! My hubs holds my bag, so hats off to Dad!

    Great to meet you… would love to see you on the Turtles blog sometime, our community of runners, all sizes and shapes, faces and paces. 🙂 Always fun to meet new friends in the blogosphere.

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