Race Recap: Queens 10k 2016

Dear NYRR, you can do better.

I am a huge fan of the NYRR races and I have been a member for several years. I typically highlight how amazing they are from how flawlessly they run bag check to how promptly they start races. You also know from previous race recaps that it really doesn’t take a lot to satisfy me as a runner. This Saturday, however, I left disappointed.

I ran this race last year as a member of Team for Kids and I was looking forward to running it again. I learned a few lessons from last year which included making sure you buy parking it advance, arriving earlier than you usually would for a race, and be ready for the heat.

I headed into the city on Friday to pick up my race bib and a parking pass. The line wasn’t too long; I probably had about a 8 minute wait time. The first stop was to pick up your tank top (I love races that do tank tops instead of t-shirts). However, I was shocked to find that they were already out of small tanks. It didn’t affect me personally because I needed a medium, but this was pretty early on a Friday afternoon. I was surprised that they would be out of a fairly common runner size so early on. The second stop was for our bib numbers and it was smooth and fast. Third stop, parking aka the ultimate nemesis of the Queens 10k. I purchased my pass for a whopping $23 because I knew that meant I would be in Lot G and that it would allow for an easier race morning. Little did I know what would unfold the next day!

Friday night I had a concert with my best friends to see Jason Aldean. I knew that I wasn’t running the 10k for time because right now PRs are not my focus. Looking back, I should have definitely drank a little more water and charged all of my accessories like I always do before a race.

Saturday morning came and I got moving around 6:30am. My friend Amanda who was also running agreed to be at my house around 6:45am. We jetted off towards Citi Field shortly after. We made great time until we got to Citi Field around 7:40am. It was an absolute stand still, no one knew what to do next, and no one knew where to go. I didn’t panic yet because I knew where Lot G was and that we would definitely make it in time. Slowly but surely we get to the side of the stadium and I’m feeling good because Lot G is in my site. Joke is on me, because they were not letting anyone in Lot G. Nor could the attendants blocking Lot G tell me anything except to move along. So now I am upset. Why did I travel to the city to prepay for a parking pass and now I had to wait in line with everyone who didn’t prepay to go to an unknown lot. We continue to creep along as 8:30 ticks by and the race fires off. At this point I also realize my Garmin is dead, I left my Ipod at home, and I have no more water in the car. Finally we park and begin to jog to the start line. The NYRR staff was very helpful on directing us where to head and I wasn’t that upset about the warm-up because my coach wanted me to run 7 miles anyway.

The course was pretty much like I remember from last year. The weather was steamy, the course was a little tight, and I literally couldn’t wait for each mile to pass. I stopped at every water station to hydrate and tell myself it was only a 10k. I am so grateful for the water gods that sent the people with the hoses to cool us down. I also tried to keep my eyes peeled to the ground for those pesky potholes that come along. The best part of the race occurs once you make it past the highway and the scenic tour begins. You run past the Queens Museum, Citi Field, the Uni-sphere, and some remnants of the World Fair. Once you crossed the finish line it was a dead standstill with a very narrow finish chute and empty tables of water. Not exactly what a hot, tired, and sweaty runner wants to see after running a 10k.

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It was really concerning to see so many runners down. I saw around 5 runners down, some of them getting sick and others just unable to move. Luckily they were all being attended to and I was happy they were getting the help they needed. I did however spend a lot of the race contemplating what contributed to this unusually high number and to thank my body for all it does.

The best part of the race: my shiny medal, the 9+1 credit, and the Italian ice man that was 20 yards past the finish line. Marathon training kicks off in just under two weeks and I can’t wait to settle into a routine again.

**Since the race ended, NYRR has issued an apology for the parking incident and they are going to reimburse us for the parking fee. An apology can fix most relationships and I appreciate them acknowledging their mistake.

 

Have you ran the Queens 10k? What was your experience?

Xo, Pam

Recipe of the Week: Apple, Beet, Goat Cheese Pizza

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When I first came across this recipe in a magazine I was reading, I immediately said to myself I can’t imagine that being good. And then I thought about it. The sweetness of the apple, the earthiness of the beet, and then throw in the yummy goodness of goat cheese and I knew I had to try it.

Disclaimer: I use Trader Joe’s pizza crust. I imagine it would be elevated even more if you are courageous enough to make your own 🙂  I think next time I am going to try it on a cauliflower crust!

Apple, Beat, Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza crust, prepared (I use the Trader Joe’s version)
  • olive oil for brushing the crust
  • oregano for sprinkling the crust
  • 2 apples, sliced thin
  • 4 beets, oven roasted and sliced thin
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled or sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Prep the crust with the olive oil and oregano.
  3. Slice the apples, beets, and goat cheese. Align them on the pizza as desired. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake in oven until apples and beets begin to brown and cheese is soft.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Let us know if you give it a try!

Xo, Pam

 

 

Workout Wednesday: B&B lululemon Bootcamp

This past Sunday, we had so much fun teaching at lululemon Roosevelt Field! In case you missed it (or want to do it again 🙂 ), here is our workout!

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B&B Bootcamp

Grab a timer! Perform the 3 exercises in each round for 1 minute each & repeat. Then move on to the next round 🙂

Round 1: Lower Body

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  • Curtsey Lunge + Squat
  • Burpees

Round 2: Upper Body

  • Walkout Pushup
  • Plank Tucks/ Spidermans
  • High-Low Plank

Round 3: Lower Body

  • Lunge + Twist
  • Single Leg Deadlift
  • Squat Jumps

Round 4: Core

  • V-sit Crunches
  • Low Plank
  • Mountain Climbers

 

Share with us how your workout goes! Which moves are your favorites??

Xo, Louise & Pam

Workout Wednesday: Absolute Abs

This week’s workout is sure to break a sweat! Summer is coming and we are all about those abs. It’s time to turn on some music and get to work 🙂

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Plank Dips– Start in a side plank (shoulder over elbow with hips, knees, and feet stacked), lower your hips toward the ground, then squeeze and lift back up

Bicycles– Laying on the ground, pick feet up and keep knees bent. Hands behind your head to support your neck. Kick one leg straight out, while pulling the other knee in. Your knee and opposite elbow meet as you crunch in, then switch leg position and perform on the other side.

Toe Touches– Laying down, lift your legs straight up and hold your arms up. Pull your abs in tight and reach your body up to touch your toes. Keep your feet up, then lower down and repeat.

Reverse Crunches– Laying on your back, bend your knees and start with feet flat. Pull your abs in tight and pick your feet up, then keeping your knees bent, bring your feet back down.

Burpees– Jump up! Then hands to the ground, jump out into a plank, lower yourself to the ground, push yourself up, jump in and repeat again.

 

If you try our workouts, share it with us! Instagram: @burpeesandbordeaux
Xo, Louise & Pam

Race Recap: 2016 Baltimore 10 Miler

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B&B headed to Baltimore, Maryland for a weekend trip with our friends. And of course, we signed up for the Baltimore 10 Miler since we were in town! Pam: Baltimore has a special place in my heart. I spent some wonderful years in college there and I love going back to visit. However, Baltimore running has left me broken hearted. I ran the Baltimore Marathon there 2 years ago and it was my least favorite marathon to date. I learned just how hilly Baltimore was so I was ready for this race.

Our amazing friend, Kim, headed to the zoo on Friday and picked up the race bibs for everyone. You were also able to pick up bibs at various Dick’s Sporting Goods around the area which makes it convenient for the local runners. There is no race expo so if you are an expo junkie like Pam, do not get excited.

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Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early after a night of sushi (NOT the best pre-race fuel, for the record) and hopped in an Uber to Kim’s house. The traffic getting to the race was pretty aggressive on the exit ramp and that was still a little bit away from the starting line. Thankfully we were heading to Kim’s so we didn’t hit any traffic at all! Having Baltimore friends made race morning a breeze because we were dropped off just beyond the starting line by Druid Hill Park. Our drop off spot was at the bottom of that awful hill (more on that later), so it was a small hike, but we knew what we were up against come Mile 9. The threat of rain had subsided for race morning but 80 degrees and 85% humidity at 7:30AM is not ideal running weather.

The starting line was overflowing with runners, but we filed in quickly and crossed the starting line. The race course is out and back with a few added street turns in either direction. Mile 1 is all downhill… weeeee. Around the 1st mile marker, we found our Cheer Squad who lined up for high fives 🙂 The course is filled with rolling hills and makes its U-turn for Mile 5 around Lake Montebello. Throughout the race, there were some spots filled with spectators and some stretches without anyone cheering. As we approached Mile 8, we found our Cheer Squad again and another round of high fives was just the power boost we needed! This was also the “Munchkin Mile” with a water station and Dunkin Donuts Munchkins. Louise: I was sooo pumped for munchkins, but when I tried to eat one mid-race, chewing was just not happening and I basically coughed it into the trash. Lesson learned- never try to chew anything in a race. Pam agrees with me.

Just before you hit the marker for Mile 9, Druid Hill starts to climb. It seems like the hill that will never end, then once you reach the top you make a loop and the finish line creeps into sight just around the corner! As we rounded the corner, we found Kim and Matt and gave our last power-up high fives before taking off.

Crossing the finish line was sweet relief! We were handed awesome medals with penguins running across… we still haven’t figured out why though. Anyone know why they chose penguins? Water, Gatorade, oranges, bananas, apples, granola bars, chips, pretzels, and watermelon! Yum! Snacks in hand, we walked back to find Matt and Kim, while cheering Chelsea across the finish line. Race complete.

The post-race festival was SO MUCH FUN! We were able to hang out with our friends and enjoy Harpoon Brewery beers and live music from Naked Nation. It definitely made running up those hills worth it! After several hours in the sun with beers in hand, race day was a success! Then it was off to the ballgame!

Have you ran the Baltimore 10 miler? What were your experiences?

Xo, Pam & Louise

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Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Sometimes I go for a run because I love running. Sometimes I go for a run because I want a recovery smoothie. Today’s flavor of choice was chocolate cherry and it was everything I wanted and more. And better yet – it is very easy and super simple. 

Ingredients: 

3/4c unsweetened almond milk

1/2c frozen cherries

1/2 frozen banana

1 tbs cacao powder OR 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 

Directions: 

1. Blend all ingredients. 

2. Enjoy