Because of this...
I decided I needed this...
On Monday, after a couple of
seconds hours debating, I decided to go for it. I mean, who wants to run with an iPhone or original iPod attached to their arm? Do you see any of these professionals and top placers even running with an iPod? NO. I couldn't allow myself to be the dorky first timer with a huge boom box attached to her arm.
For the past few days my good friend Silvia has been asking me to run with her. By run with her I mean she runs and I watch her from behind. On Sunday I finally gave in. Of course, she took off and I eventually caught up when she was passing me in the other direction. I kept up with her all the way back until the last half mile when those Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided Twists decided it wasn't a good idea for me to be running a six minute mile pace. Hey, they seemed like a good idea at the time. So, I dropped back because I thought it would be a good idea if I continued to breath.
Everything was perfect about the run. The location, along the West Side Highway on the Hudson Park path, the sunset over the Statue of Liberty and the New Jersey shore and the company. We went around 8:00pm at night and the park was full of cyclists, runners and families. It was picture perfect. I really couldn't complain. When we were finished I thanked Silvia for getting me out there and I told her the good news that I will be running the 10K with her the next weekend in Central Park.
So, on Monday after I signed up, panicked a little, and received my very first email confirmation for my very first race...
I decided it was already time to reward myself buy purchasing another version of an iPod. This brings my count up to three. Then I thought, is it really necessary for someone to have three different devices to play portable music? Apparently, because I sure found a reason.
So after a few Gchats with my girls including Silvia, the color and inscription was chosen, the purchase button clicked and my brand new lime green iPod Shuffle was on it's way!
And, here it is....
Of course the inscription had to mean something special and with the recent passing of Sadie I thought I would put the one word that describes her more than anything, Brave. Hopefully this will always remind me to be brave like her.
(And yes my new mini obsession and I had a short photo shoot. Don't laugh)
On June 3, 1972, New York Road Runners staged the world's first road race exclusively for female participants, the 6-mile Crazylegs Mini Marathon. In 1972, distance running was a fringe activity practiced by a few dedicated souls. In most road races the number of female finishers could be counted on one hand. In fact, not a single woman finished the first New York City Marathon, 1970, and only three women crossed the line in the race's second running.
In April 1972, women were permitted to officially enter the renowned Boston Marathon for the first time. In June, President Nixon signed into law the landmark Title IX legislation, which mandated equal funding for women's sports programs that receive federal aid. In Munich in September, the women's 1500 meters was run for the first time at the Olympic Games.
In New York City, Nina Kuscsik, Kathrine Switzer, and New York City Marathon co-director Fred Lebow decided to launch a women-only road race. Lebow signed on Johnson's Wax as the race's sponsor. The company which made a women's shaving gel called Crazylegs, had contacted him about putting on a women's marathon, but Lebow talked them into a more manageable 6-mile "mini" marathon, named after the miniskirt, then the height of fashion. The Crazylegs Mini Marathon drew 78 women, a huge turnout for the time. The race was won by Jacqueline Dixon of California in 37:02, with Kuscsik third and Switzer sixth.
The Mini has been on the NYRR annual calendar ever since. The event has been a model for women's road races around the world. It has attracted Olympians, World Champions, and world record holders and has been the site of several world-best performances. Winners have come from Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and the United States.
The 2004 Mini saluted American Olympians and was won by Deena Kastor, who went on to win a bronze medal in the Athens Olympic marathon. Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands won the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Mini, and Hilda Kibet of the Netherlands won in 2008. Rose Kosgei won in 2009.
This year, the Mini once again welcomes an international field of the world's best distance runners. As always, the Mini is an event for all women of all ability levels. The world's original women-only road race continues its tradition of celebrating all that women's running has to offer.
Mini is all packed up and ready to go home to put an awesome playlist on. I worked on the BRAVE 10K Playlist a little last night with the help of Jennie who emailed me her best running song recommendations.
Blue October - Calling you
Crash Kings - 1985
Crash Kings - 14 Arms
Gin Blossoms - Follow You Down
Great Northern - Story
Greatness in Tragedy - Shoreline
Greatness in Tragedy - Wasted
Hanson - Thinkin' bout Somethin
Imogen Heap - Bad Body Double ( it's slow but it talks about her bad body... motivation!!)
Incubus - Nice To Know You ("goodbyyyyye, nice to know you!!" to all the people you will be passing!!!)
Keith Urban - Who Wouldn't Want To Be Me!!
Lenny Kravitz - Always on the Run
Lupe Fiasco - Superstar ( which you are for running a 10k)
MuteMath - Backfire
Missy Elliot - Lose Control ( which you won't, this 10k is your BITCH!)
Neon Trees- Animal (run like a cheetah!!)
Paramore - Careful
Passion Pit - Little Secrets ( listen to this one loud!)
Shania Twain - Man! I feel like a Woman ( this one is just fun, who doesn't love this song!)
The Temper Trap - Fader
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue (remember this song???!!!)
Let's see which ones make the cut. I'm expecting to run around a 10 minute mile for my first race. Therefore, I am debating on the song count. I would really love for my favorite song to start me off on my last mile. But, who knows, the adrenalin might kick in and I could end up surprising myself! Any way I will keep you posted!