JCC Brueggers Bagels 5k Race Recap

I ran the bagel race and was first female for the 3rd year in a row! Woohoo!

Brueggers Bagels run awards

Medal, money – $100 cash, bagels for a year certificates!

It was a wonderful morning for a race, slightly humid at the start, but right around 60 degrees and sunny. Jeff and I dropped a hesitant Currie off at the free sitter service and were on our way to do a warmup. My plan was to get a long warmup in as this was my long run day. Unfortunately, we were running late to the race, like always, and I only had time for about 2.5 miles before the gun went off.

I have to be honest. I felt horrible out there. I love the course, which goes straight out for a mile, does a big loop (with a few curves) through some residential streets, then comes right back on the same mile stretch to finish in front of the local JCC. But, I just felt slow… like I’m lacking 5k speedwork. Could it be because I AM lacking 5k speedwork? Absolutely!

I came through the first mile at 5:26, the next mile was much slower at 5:48 as the pack spread out and I was off in no-man’s-land. Then my last mile was right around 5:50 with the last 0.1 in 30-some-seconds. I finished at 17:37. I don’t like having 20 seconds difference between my first and second miles, but I’m a bit out of shape and that’s what happens so it was to be expected. I’m content with my time given my week, my current fitness, and the lack of competition.

After the race, Currie wanted to take a picture of Jeff and me.

brueggers bagel run 2012

Jeff came in 2nd overall, I was 5th overall, 1st female. Good day! And good picture for a 2-year-old!

I had a great time talking with all sorts of people after the race. There were lots of familiar faces and I love that about local racing… you feel like you know everyone!

Strange things:

  • guy at the starting line who, when the race starter said “30 seconds til the gun” says, “30 seconds? That’s enough time for you to have sex.” WHAT?!
  • This picture:
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  • We have lots of hard working, talented running ladies in Rochester, and none of the other female local elites showed up. There’s money 3 deep, plus bagels on the line so I expected a better turnout from fasties.
Great things:
  • Nice out and back course
  • Post race food, bagels in every flavor and cream cheese!
  • Every participant got a coupon for 3 free bagels
  • Good prizes – money 3 deep for overall, masters money, nice medals 3 deep in each age group.
  • Atmosphere – everyone was so nice and friendly and I loved talking to people before and after the race!
  • Kids handing out water at the end and prizes. I love when the kids get involved. Fun for us and great for them!
  • Personal great thing – Jeff was second overall and won $50, so it was a good family payday!
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Family photo post race awards. Currie wasn’t sleeping, she was crying because she wanted to play Cookie Doodle on the iPhone…

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Currie holding the medal our friend won!

After the race, I ran home to add some more miles since it was long run day. I felt so strong on the run home. Much better than I felt on the warmup, race, and cooldown so that was a pleasant surprise. During the run I kept thinking about how ridiculous I looked. First, I forgot to change into my cute Oiselle tank, so I was jogging home in my race singlet with the race number still pinned on. At least I remembered sunglasses, but they weren’t my athletic sunglasses, they were my normal everyday pair. Also, I realized I forgot to call my parents to tell them the race results and knew I would be too busy when I got home so being an avid multi-tasker, I called them while running. I know, talking on cell while exercising is one of my pet peeves too. I can’t believe I did it! (Still clocked a 7:41 mile while talking.) Here’s what I looked like:

talking on cell phone while exercising


So there you have it! Another year of free bagels. If you come visit me and have you drive or fly more than 2 hours, I will gladly share some of my bounty. :)

So who’s going to come visit? How did your weekend racing go?



16 thoughts on “JCC Brueggers Bagels 5k Race Recap

  1. Oh my goodness, those splits are amazing. Congrats!! Free bagels, and cash?!?! That is a good win:)
    I dont know how far rochester is from CT, but I’ll come visit!!:) glad you had a great race!

  2. Nice job,Jen! You are a rockstar! Ummm., however, where is me Monday? 😉 I loved this post though! From the guy with the weird sex comment to the post- run phone call, it was hilarious! Oh and I had a similar experience at the start of my race yesterday. While standing at the start this guy said to me “so did you pee your pants last weekend?” what!???!! Turns out he was at a race where I had to get out of the porta potty line to not miss the start, but dude, set me up for that! congrats again, Jen! You are my hero!

    • Me Monday got pushed aside because I actually got the race report done! Might write one up today or post it on delay tomorrow or wait until next week! Ah! So many options!
      Oh boy, “pee your pants” guy… way to throw someone off just before the race! :) That’s really funny!
      You are my hero too! And I’m also coming to visit you someday. Just have to figure out when…

  3. You look great in the new singlet – even with the sunglasses and cell phone. :) Congrats on a great win and BAGELS! What a cool race. I know you didn’t feel great and weren’t doing speedwork, but your splits still look amazing to me!

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