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Joe Kleinerman 10K Classic Recap

Otherwise known as the day I decided to run all races of 2012 in a veil.

This weekend was one of many firsts:

  • First race of 2012
  • First ever 10K
  • First ever NYRR race
  • First road race I’ve run with people the entire time
  • First time I’ve finished a race hand-in-hand with someone (sorry EC!)
  • First race run in a veil (because yes, there will be more)
  • annnd first time run/walking a race (not counting marathons where I’ve walked through water stops)

If you had told me a couple weeks ago that I would walk during a 10K, I would have just laughed. If you haven’t noticed from any of my previous posts, I am a very competitive person when it comes to running. So competitive, in fact, that when I was younger I used to tell people that I hated competing – solely because I got incredibly upset when I didn’t do well. I know that I’m not going to win a big race or turn professional anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to bust my butt to run as fast as I possibly can when I get on that starting line. Even during relay races, which I do completely for fun, I take off as soon as I get that baton in my hand and don’t stop until I reach the exchange. I take pride in knowing that every time I run a race, I do it to the best of my ability.

So when I found out the night before my 10K debut that the plan was for Ali and I to run/walk this thing together with Emily, I can’t say I was super excited. A good friend would have said, “Emily, I am so excited to celebrate your return to running with a race. If you need to walk as a part of your recovery, don’t worry. I am here for you. We will conquer this thing together and finish excited about your awesome comeback!”

But I am not always a good friend. So instead, my reaction was more along the lines of “Are you serious?!” while simultaneously wracking my brain for ways to get out of it. What can I say – when it comes to running, I have a little too much pride. Luckily, Emily is a good sport and could take a little ribbing from Ali and I. Ultimately her excitement for her first race post-injury, combined with plans to celebrate my engagement on the run (literally) made me come around. And in the end, the entire experience made for the most fun road race I’ve ever done.

10 Reasons Why the Joe Kleinerman 10K Race is My Favorite Road Race of All Time

1.) An amazing carbo-loading dinner.

On Friday night, Chef Brian prepared us all a gourmet feast. Everyone knows you need lots of fuel before races, even when you plan on run/walking them.


2.) I received my shirt and race bib wrapped up as a gift. How often does that happen?!

engagement giftsSomething old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue

Ali and Emily surprised me with a pile of gifts when I arrived in the city on Friday night. Each one was a hand picked “treasure” to celebrate my engagement.

engagement gifts 2.JPG

They even drew me a picture of my dream wedding. Talk about some thoughtful friends.

cheeseweddingIn case you can’t tell, that’s me running toward the finish line/EC with packets of Gu lining the aisle while Emily and Ali toss cheese from the side. Complete with my #teamwatermelon wedding colors, of course.

3.) I ran in a veil.


You might think this would be annoying. But believe me – nothing takes the pressure off a race quite like having a tacky veil on your head, complete with a tiny bride and groom on top.

4.) Team Watermelon.

Team Watermelon_bibs

I’d say that this race involved the best execution of Team Watermelon race outfits so far. We were lucky that it was warm enough to wear shorts/skirts in January (I don’t know what is with this winter weather, but I’m definitely not complaining!). In our bright pink and green outfits, we didn’t exactly blend into the crowd.

5.) The great company.

Like I mentioned above, I don’t usually run an entire race with someone else. I’ve tried in the past, but the competitive nature of races usually means that we split up before the end. With Ali and Emily by my side, the miles passed by much faster than I thought they would…even though we weren’t running at a 10K pace and stopped to walk. I felt amazing and relaxed as I chatted and laughed with these girls the entire way.

teamwatermelon running

6.) Our race strategy.

JoeK10K walk break

The plan was for Emily to be the sole “holder of the watch” and the official time keeper. That way she would tell us when she had to stop for a break, and we could trick Ali into running faster than she thought she could (mind over matter!). We started out weaving our way through a very congested crowd, and then just fell into a pace that felt quick, but relaxed. After 3 miles, we pulled over to the edge of the course for a quick walk break where we practiced our power walking skills. We tried not to push Emily and once she was ready, we started running again. We took one more short walk break about another mile later and then picked it up for a strong finish. Overall, we only walked for about 5 minutes, and ended up pushing faster than I thought we would during the running portions. Not exactly my normal “run until you want to puke your brains out strategy,” but it was 1000x times more fun.

JoeK 10K walk 2.jpgOkay, so we may have badgered Emily to pick up the pace just a little bit. Fact: she is not the world’s best power walker.

7.) The crowd support.

JoeK 10K walk 3.jpg

I have never gotten more cheers during a race than I did during last Saturday’s 10K. It was so much fun to banter back and forth with our fellow runners. We received a wide range of comments. Anything from “Congratulations!” to “Good luck!” to “Don’t do it!!” And my favorite – a male runner telling Ali and I that “marriage is a beautiful thing” as we ran by hand in hand.

8.) Passing people in a sparkle skirt is awesome. Passing them in a skirt and a veil? Priceless.

JoeK10K_last stretch

(Yes, I realize that I got passed by far more people than I passed. But still…)

9.) Getting photographed for the NYRR website.

NYRR photoshoot

As we were walking back from the race, we ran into one of the official photographers. She was so excited to see us that she held her own photoshoot right there. Last night I checked the NYRR website, and saw that we made the gallery! My only regret is that she didn’t capture our entire watermelon outfits in all their glory.

JoeK_Faces_AliLBEmily.jpg(via NYRR Faces of the Race Gallery)

Added bonus: apparently she’s also a wedding photographer. A photographer that also speicalizes in taking race photos!? She’s hired! …if only I had actually gotten her name.

10.) The post-race celebration.


In what is becoming a great Ali-Emily-Lauren tradition, we got home from the race and immediately started celebrating with mimosas – a celebration that continued for the entire day. I may have woken up the next morning feeling way too sick for a scheduled 10 mile run, but a short jaunt through the park with Ali made it all better.

Even though it wasn’t my fastest race ever, overall I’d declare the Joe Kleinermain 10K a roaring success! Family and friends beware – I’ve already decided that I will be organizing a 5K for all guests on the morning of my wedding. I haven’t actually cleared this with EC yet, but who wouldn’t want to start the day with a race?!

For anyone who is interested, my official time was 50:51 (8:13/mile). Which I suppose is technically my 10K PR. Hopefully there’s nowhere to go from here but up!


37 Responses to Joe Kleinerman 10K Classic Recap

  1. fun! celebrating with mimosas is so up my alley :) love the sparkle skirt!
    Chels R.´s last post ..Runday Monday.

  2. You guys are sooooo cute. Go Team Watermelon! (And congrats again!)
    Alyssa´s last post ..Race Recap: NYE Dash (Almost) 5k

  3. Looks like you guys had a great time! i have that tank top that you and Ali are wearing too! haha…
    Celia´s last post ..joe kleinerman 10k long run

  4. I love it! Looks like a great time.
    gabriella @ lessons on the run´s last post ..Minute Versus Miles

  5. Well you beat my 10K PR!!! No seriously, it looks like you guys had a blast. NY races are so much fun and maybe you will finally join me in saying races are so much better with friends! I believe you used to make fun of me for this, no?

    Love the drawings… amazing!
    LIZZY´s last post ..New Years Eve Dinner: Beef Wellington

    • Maybe you should try our very intense run/walk method. Not for the faint of heart.

      And you know I only make fun of you for wanting to do every single race with a friend. But it’s all out of love, of course. :)

  6. Wedding day races are the best. My (triathlete) friends kicked all the kids out of the pool the morning of my wedding and held their own swim meet. It was fantastic :)
    LizScott´s last post ..I’m About 96% Sure This Is Why We Moved to Colorado

    • I love that your wedding guests did this for you! Such a cute idea, and it makes me even more determined to have a race of my own. My family, on the other hand, is markedly less excited about it all. Good thing they have a little awhile to come around…

  7. haha, I love it. And I wish I would have ran with you guys the whole time! If I’m ever engaged, I’m totally wearing a veil during many road races as well. Glad you had such a fun weekend and hope this is just the beginning of you celebrating!

    Your idea for a 5K the morning of your wedding is also amazing and so appropriate!
    Kelly´s last post ..Joe Kleinerman 10K Race Recap

  8. It looks like you guys had the BEST time! Congrats on a very fun race! And I LOVE the team watermelon spirit!!!!!!

    I’m excited for my sparkle skirt to make it’s debut on the 22nd at the Boston Buildup 15k, here in CT.
    Tami Washenko´s last post ..Random Friday Facts

  9. I can’t believe you thought that veil was tacky. How rude.

    This post made me so happy. This weekend was the greatest. I love #cheesewedding.
    Ali´s last post ..Learning To Manage My Stress

  10. you look adorable in your veil! so cute and what a great way to celebrate!!!!
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad´s last post ..Being Flexible and Boston Week 1 Recap

  11. Aw this is so awesome! You three look like you had a great time this weekend. Team Watermelon for the win! Hold on to those two, they’re keepers :)
    Melissa´s last post ..2012: Goals

    • The race announcers kept announcing us as the “bride and her two maids of honor!” So since they now seem to be honorary members of my wedding party, I don’t think I’ll be able to get rid of those two anytime soon. 😉

  12. That definitely sets a high standard for future 10ks!

    Maura and Bryan (from RTB!) had a wedding weekend 5k…I think it’s a fabulous idea.
    Susan´s last post ..2012, ready or not

  13. Congrats on the engagement and running a 10k in a veil! Can we run your wedding 5k? :)

  14. And totally love the lululemon Paris Pink Top – very cute!!

  15. Lauren!

    I honestly have never seen you so happy or smiling so wide! You have such a glow radiating from you. :)

    Love it.
    Brittany´s last post ..20, 30 and 40 year old men

  16. I saw this on Ali’s blog and loved it all over again. And I also laughed at your displeasure with your time on the 10k. If I got 50 mins I would be jumping for joy!!!

    But I got new trainers today so I’m happy 😉

  17. What a fun recap!! You three are hilarious!! LOVE the veil and Team Watermelon! :-)
    Tia´s last post ..2012 Goals… Here we go!

  18. That’s so awesome! Love you guy’s outfits. And nothing says I’m excited about marrying my best friend than running all your 2012 races in veil. I realize that you may have been joking about that one. But you should totally go for it.
    Rena @ milehogger.blogspot.com´s last post ..You know you’re a runner . . . (Part2)

  19. Love the leg warmers! Do they stay up pretty well when y’all run?
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life´s last post ..Tune in Tuesday – Dose of Disney edition

  20. Bah. Your “not so fast” 10k PR was so much faster than my “I will run fast, but not my fastest” 10k.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE that wedding morning 5k idea! Can I steallll it? Don’t worry, I’m like 840239840 years from planning time :)

  21. I love the veil and the bright colors! You three have inspired me to round up some running friends for a costume-clad race. Looks like a really fun weekend, and congrats on your engagement!

  22. You are the most adorable running bride to be! LOVE it, such a fun weekend for you guys and the best way to celebrate :)
    Aron´s last post ..Not Just 2012 Goals

  23. I’m actually doing a 5K the morning after my wedding! Although, I may be walking it depending upon how hard I party the night before :).
    Amanda @ Running On Waffles´s last post ..The Safety Dance

  24. What a fun recap. Definitely a success! Love the leg warmers and veil :)
    jill conyers´s last post ..Three Things Thursday

  25. You are hilarious!! LOVE the veil and Team Watermelon! What a fun recap.
    Dorothy Young´s last post ..Construction Machinery

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