Saturday, May 8, 2010

Race Report and a Vlog!

May has been declared Sisterhood Running Month my the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.  I've added their button to my blog and am loving the camaraderie of all my sister runners.

Today I competed in my first 10k race, the 5/3 River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, MI.  The weather reports the entire week were for rain, rain, more rain, massive winds, more rain, and cold temps.  The rain never really materialized (thank goodness) but the cold (low 40's) and winds (20-25 mph gusts) were definitely there.  I obsessed the entire night before about what I was going to wear.  I even went so far as to buy a new pair of Nike running pants and a long-sleeve Reebok running top.  I ended up just wearing the Nike capris that I always run in, the Reebok top, and my favorite One More Mile tee.  I was definitely chilly at the start but warmed up nicely by mile 2.  I had a great race and loved all the spectators that came out and cheered us on.  All-in-all, the River Bank Run had 17,240 finishers over the 25k, 10k, 5k, handcycle and wheelchair races.  (Early reports were of around 20,000 pre-registered runners/walkers) and downtown was crowded to say the least.  I met some awesome women and men on the course and got lots of complements on my shirt (it's the one that says, Dear God, please let there be someone behind me to read this). 

The injuries that have plagued me for the past couple weeks were really not an issue.  My calves and shins felt great the entire race and my right knee only hurt in the last mile or so and on the short downhill sections.  Tonight, I'm dealing with a very sore left foot and my left knee has a funky popping going on, but I'm surviving.

Since my girls at the Sisterhood love it when I vlog, I created a vlog to document my weekend.  I hope you all enjoy it and have a nice laugh at my dorky expense.  Go ahead, I can take it ;)


  1. You are so not dorky! I'm not brave enough (or smart enough or have enough time-whatever) to figure out the vlog thing. You did awesome, and I love that you blogged the expo and after the race. You rawk!! So proud of you!

  2. Can I just ditto what Kirsten said?!?! Seriously, I cannot look at a video camera and speak...I get all flustered. you are so cute and I am so PROUD of you and your mad running skills!!!!

  3. I have tears in my eyes...I am so flippin proud of you Bari! You did great! I do love your vlogs so keep them coming!

    Hope you are resting today and enjoying Mothers Day!

  4. Great vlog Bari! It looks like you had a ton of fun.

  5. Your vlog was awesome and so are you. And just when I think you can't be any cuter, you VLOG!!!!

  6. crap this computer doesn't have speakers but i just wanted to say congrats and great job on your race! :) i'll check back when i'm at my usual computer and watch the vlog.


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