Remember when Carrie Bradshaw said she doesn’t want to shop online because shopping is her cardio?
You’re probably looking at the picture below and thinking, Look at all these women (and man) in their sporty outfits, taking Carrie’s words way too seriously. You’d be wrong, though, because they didn’t come to the mall to shop: they came to the mall to run!
Yesterday, the 408K Race to the Row had its first (and, hopefully, not last) group training run. We met at the Athleta store at Westfield Valley Fair (known in my house as “the Good Mall”) at 5:30 p.m. — that’s when I showed up, anyway, and the party had already started: Now, unlike Carrie Bradshaw, cardio is my cardio, so I hadn’t set foot in a mall for at least two months. And this was my first time ever walking in an Athleta store. Oh hey, their stuff is really cute! Also, purple and lime green seem to be the hot colors of the season? My phone took this picture by itself, I swear. It must be trying to tell me that my running wardrobe is horribly outdated.
The race organizers introduced themselves (from left: swimsuit mannequin, Alisa, Scott in the white trucker hat and JT):(I am, indeed, familiar with the crop function, but I really like this purple swimsuit. If it’s going to make my butt look like this, I’m totally getting it yesterday.)
Back to the run, though. The store was packed with runners. I didn’t do a headcount, but possibly 40 people showed up? Group picture done, and we headed out to run. We did three miles out and back, covering about 1.5 miles of the actual race course. Obviously, we couldn’t close the roads to traffic, so we had to cross carefully and stick to the sidewalks.As I was running at a comfortable 9:30 min/ mile pace, I hand-painted an impressionist painting of JT high-fiving everyone:Seriously, you need to step at least five feet away from your screen if you want to view this one properly. (Canvas prints available upon request; you’re welcome.)
Less than thirty minutes later, we were back at the store (I did get lost in the mall trying to find it, what is wrong with me?) AND:
An Athleta headband for everyone! I was so excited when I saw it, for some reason I’d been thinking when they said “free headbands for all” they meant that sort of thing:
…which also would’ve been cool, seeing how it’s purple – the hot color of the season, as we established earlier. But yes: this Athleta headband is way prettier, has a silicone lining on the inside so it doesn’t slip off your head, and it costs only $10. I need to get more of those, pronto.
Meet Melissa Shafer, a mom of three (go mother runners!) whose first-ever race was last year’s 408K Race to the Row. How cool is that? I chatted with Melissa a little before we even knew she’d be the lucky person of the evening. Melissa loves argyle Pro Compression socks (has two pairs) and running skirts. I love her already!
Many thanks to the 408Krew for organizing the run and to Athleta for hosting! It was a blast!
Ran to the gymThen swam a little. It was weird running with my swim stuff in a plastic bag, but not too bad. I did this workout, minus the counting of the strokes (tried but kept losing count). I’m not at all sure if I did it right, either. Tacked on some laps in the end to bring it up to an even 80.