Here’s the story of the Cohoes Founders Day 15K: by the numbers.
Time Alicia picked me up for our slumber party at Jen’s Saturday night: 6:10 PM
Time I planned to go to sleep Saturday night: 9:30
Time I finally went to sleep Saturday night: 10:47 ish.
Time my alarm was set for Sunday: 6:33 AM
Time I woke up Sunday: 5:03 AM
Time I decided to stop trying to fall back asleep and finally got out of bed: 5:21 AM
Time I started drinking a Monster Rehab Green Tea: 5:45 AM
Number of cars driven to Cohoes: 2
Number of times we mentioned dropping to the 5K: 7
Number of friends who were confused about parking: 4
Number of strangers turned friend who pulled up to our cars, asked if we were running, & told us to follow her to a super close parking spot: 1
Number of strangers turned friends who looked remarkably like Anne P? The very same 1.
Clouds in the sky: almost one tiny little guy the size of a pea. almost.
Average Temperature of training runs: 62 degrees.
Temperature when we arrived at the race site: 69 degrees.
Temperature when we started the race: 72 degrees.
Temperature when we finished the race: 84 degrees.
Temperature it felt during the race: 2 degrees short of hell.
Number of GUs consumed: 1, vanilla bean.
Number of minutes I thought “OH! That GU really helped”: 2.
Number of water stations preplanned by race director: 3 [yes. I asked.]
Number of water stations added at last minute due to heat: 1
Number of 2nd half of race volunteers handing out water bottles: EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Number of times the race crew impressed me: infinite.
Number of hills I “made my bitch” ran completely from bottom to top: 2
Number of hills I 100% walked up: 3
Number of steps run at incline in total on the course: seven billion. and six.
Number of down-hills I proposed marriage to: all of them.
Times I asked myself what the hell I was thinking signing up for this race: 4
Times I stopped to walk: at least 20.
Times I started to run again: at least 21.
Reminders to myself that I TRAINED for this and could DO it: 5
Audible “ARGS!” yelled: 3
Curse words muttered: 3
Motivation mantras meditated on: 3
Moments I was thankful to be running near Alicia, who was pushing me along and encouraging in my darkest moments: too many to count.
Number of high fives given: at least 600.
Number of hoses sprayed over us: the most glorious 1 ever.
Number of puppies gushed over: probably close to 17.
Number of songs I skipped on my playlist: 15.
Number of times I re-started My Body during miles 5 and 6: 5 or 6.
Number of times I re-started No Day But Today on the last mile: 3.
Race Number: 2811
Number of 15K Runners: 122
Number of Female Runners: 65
Number of Female Runners between 20-29: 19
2:24+ my Garmin Time 15K PR
Place overall: 117
Place female: 62
Place age division: 19
Minutes I was angry, frustrated, sad or disappointed about the race: about 127.
Percentage I’m over it: 100%.
Glad that’s over…