I am officially an urbanathlete!

by Christina @ The Athletarian on October 31, 2011

I don’t even know where to start with this race…or this trip to NYC in general.  It was so amazing and ridiculous at the same time that I don’t think words can do it justice.

Here we go.

The good:

I was prepared for the weather and for tackling the obstacles (equipment-wise).  I felt perfect in terms of body temperature for the duration of the race.  I wore compression socks to help out my sore ankles/shins/calves that have been hurting for days.  I also bought football gloves to help out with the monkey bars and parallel bars (who knew football gloves were sticky?).

The race was a lot of fun.  Despite the terrible weather, I love the idea of an obstacle race.  It definitely gives you a “break” from running and something to look forward to.  It was sometimes terrifying to see an obstacle up ahead but once you got there, it was loads of fun.

The people running the race were awesome.  The crowd was way different from a lot of other races I have run.  The Urbanathlon attracted a huge variety of people who weren’t JUST runners.  All sorts of athletes came out and tackled this course with so much power.  What I also loved was that everyone helps each other out.  I couldn’t get over the 5-foot hurdles on my own but I paired up with a really nice girl who gave me a boost over all six of them.

The not-so-good:

I ate cuban food (Dean’s choice) and rice pudding (chocolate chip flavour topped with toasted coconut and coffee crumble) the day before the race.  Not a good idea.  I had cramps for probably the first 3-4 miles.  Grease + sugar is not the best pre-race combo for fuel.  I know better than to put weird food in my body the day before a run.

The weather (lots of rain) sucked big time and affected a lot of things.  There were puddles EVERYWHERE and for the first three miles people were trying to avoid them and tip toe around them which slowed a lot of people down.  I know I didn’t really have a time goal for this race but knowing I could have finished faster is a bit frustrating.  After getting down and dirty in the first couple of obstacles people finally stopped caring and ran/splashed/trotted through puddles like crazy.

Just to show you what the city looked like by the evening…

There was no festival or post-race fun.  Once people crossed the finish line and realized how cold and wet it was outside, it was over (plus, snow was starting to come down).  Most people pretty much bolted.  I didn’t get any food, drinks, nothing.  I grabbed my bag, changed into dry clothes, and hopped on the subway back to the hotel.

I have almost no pictures from the race.  It is nearly impossible to carry a camera and complete obstacles at the same time.  I relied on the photographers but as of right now, there are only two photos of me on the race website and I’m not even completing any of the obstacles (I’m just running).  Boring and disappointing.

My best photo…

The ugly:

My bruises.

Just one of many…

The result:

I finished in 1:34:56… Although I had no time goal, I still had 1:30 in my head.  I know I could have gotten a sub 1:30 but I think being backed up for a small part of the race and also a little bit of hesitation at some of the obstacles cost me a bit of time.  I will get it next year though!  I am proud of myself for tackling this race.  It is something that I never EVER thought I could do.  I know exactly what I need to work on for next year (STRENGTH) so that is going to be my focus because I know I’ve got the running down!

I am really proud of Dean, who finished in 1:13:27.  He is a rockstar and smoked a lot of the guys in the “elite” first wave :D

More on NYC (the non-racing part) tomorrow!

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 courtney October 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

WAY TO GO!!! your outfit is super cute too!

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2 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner October 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Congrats! Sounds like less than ideal conditions, but I’m so glad you still had fun!
:)

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3 Christina @ The Athletarian November 1, 2011 at 2:08 am

Yes! So much fun! PS – I searched high and low for those pink frosted animal crackers you had on your blog a LONG time ago. I went to Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and every other food store I could find. Where in the world did you get them?? I was pretty sure they were the “Annie’s” brand but couldn’t seem to find them anywhere. I was only able to pick up some Snackimals (which I haven’t tried yet). Share your secret!

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4 Jenn's Adventures October 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

GREAT JOB GIRL!! I’m so jealous — not of the weather though, BURR!!! That photo of Dean looks like a Nike ad:) Come to Maui and we can train together — I need a lifting partner since the bf isn’t here & my brother just moved to a different island — boo!! OH! Go check out my Rafflecopter giveaway — you will flip out!! I can’t remember if I told you already — sorry babes!

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5 angie on maui October 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Way to go, pretty lady! So proud of you for completing the event…what an exciting accomplishment, with take-home battle scars to prove it! :) it sounds like the day was full of challenges, but it’s good to know that you still managed to have fun out there. :) good job, missy! xoxox

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6 Emily@RunningPerspective October 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

OMG YOU ARE AMAZINGG I AM SO PROUDD plus weather here on the east coast was TERRIBLEEEE and you tackled thatttt easily! love you you are awesomeeeeeeee<3

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7 Danielle October 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

awesome job! Congratulations!! That is the coolest sounding race, and I think the fact it is in NYC makes it a lot cooler than some of those warrior dashes…great job, to both of you! Glad you had so much fun despite the crappy weather!

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8 Christie October 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Awesome job girl! It sucks that the weather was so cold. Hopefully you will be telling us more about the obstacles!

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9 Steady Pursuit October 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Glad you had a good time despite the freak weather. Fast time too, probably good enough for wave one in the future if you want to run with less people. I do love the urbanathlon for the diverse group of fitness people it attracts as you mention. I got water proof trail shoes for questionable days like that and am glad I did – but they might not have even helped. Hope you can do Chicago one day.

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10 Christina @ The Athletarian October 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

It was loads of fun! I know I could have gone a bit faster but I think I was being a little too careful and saving my energy because I wasn’t sure what was coming next. Now that I know what to expect, I will definitely be going into it full force next year! I hope to run the Chicago one too so maybe I will choose to do it there next time instead of NYC. I have never tried deep dish pizza so I would be killing two birds with one stone :D

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11 Rachelle October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Congrats girl! I am so so proud of you. The conditions sound brutal and you still rised above. You are simply amazing.

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12 Boston Bound Brunette October 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You and Dean are so awesome!! Congratulations to you both on becoming urbanathletes. It would have been nice to have cool weather less the snow and all of the puddles, etc. I love that you are so brave and up for any kind of challenge! What’s next?

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13 Christina @ The Athletarian November 1, 2011 at 2:06 am

Next up…hmm probably just one more race for the year! There is a Santa 5K early December that I’m thinking of doing for fun! Other than that, I am shifting my focus to hardcore strength training for the fall/winter season. I think it will make me a m ore confident runner and athlete. It is a very new goal for me so we will see how it goes!

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14 theAlmostRunner October 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

This sounds AMAZING! I’ve never been to NYC myself and am super jealous of your trip. What a FUN race!

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15 Beth October 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Congrats!!! You rock, girl!!! I love NYC…I think it’s nearly impossible to have a bad time. The race sounds awesome!

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16 Elle October 31, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Awesome, awesome! So happy that you enjoyed yourself and met some nice people along the way too. Next year you ARE gonna get it. :)

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17 Meg @ A Dash of Meg October 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Congrats girl :D SO SO SO proud of you :) Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself :D I love all of the pics too!

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18 britt @ chicago runner girl October 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

congrats lady! sorry the weather was so stinky, and that you are bruised and beaten. i can’t believe that it snowed! that is too crazy! it’s not even november yet! good to know that cuban food is not the way to go the night before a race.

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19 Alexandra October 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Congrats to ya!! You’re amazing girl! Kudos for surviving the winter blast too haha ;)

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20 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry October 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

CONGRATS!!!! That is amazing, I love the idea of an obstacle course race! I think I would much prefer that to an actual marathon. That sounds awesome.
And holy snow. Yowza. I’m surprised, we haven’t even had snow yet in Toronto!

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21 Siobhan @ Sio 'n the Run October 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

That’s AMAZING!! Congrats girl!! You’ve inspired me to want to do this race! I was incredibly intimidated by the sounds of this obstacle course but you make it sound SO fun!

And- I love that a girl helped you over the 5 foot hurdles! How nice is that?! What’s not nice — that crazy snow!

And congrats to Dean! That’s awesome!

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22 Katy @ Fit In Heels October 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am SOOOO proud of you. You are right- you never thought you could do this before! You proved it to yourself. You should be so proud and happy! Way to go!

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23 Katy @ Fit In Heels October 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

p.s. Dean is a BEAST.

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24 Donna @Fitness and Training October 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Hey! Congrats on your big finish!! you had a good time considering the conditions and what not. I’m glad you overcame the obstacles and tackled it like a trooper. and I agree with Paul…you must come to Chicago next time so we can show you what good deep dish pizza is all about.

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25 Christina @ The Athletarian October 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Chicago is definitely on my list! I hope to do it there next year so I can meet you two beasts! I just checked your post again and you guys are SO FAST! I can chase you and Dean can chase Paul. Then we can go eat deep dish like a big happy family! Sounds like a perfect day right there.

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26 Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Ahh congrats!! I am sorry you had poopy rain for the race, but you are amazing for trekking through that. You are such a fierce beast, love ya lady!

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27 Nicole November 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

Great job! Sounds like a lot of fun. And yay for finding discontinued Larabars (those sound really yummy!)

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28 Briana November 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

Congrats! And what a fun race. Good job finishing despite the crappy weather.

And awesome ‘battle wounds!’ You’re like a race ‘warrior.’ :-)

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29 Lauren Q November 1, 2011 at 1:21 am

bah, so jealous that you got to do this race!!

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30 Amy November 1, 2011 at 1:31 am

Congratulations! I am glad you had fun but I’m sorry that the weather wasn’t cooperating for post race celebrations :(
Gotta love the battle wounds – and nice medal warrior!!

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31 Get Up & Go November 1, 2011 at 1:37 am

You are so freaking awesome! Congrats! I love a good athletic challenge! Thanks for the recap!

xo
Sarah
Get Up & Go

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32 Jina November 1, 2011 at 2:09 am

Congratulations! Boo to the rain and snow!

I love NYC! What a fun city for a race!

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33 Lisa@ChocolatePBCups November 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

Congrats on the race!! Glad you had fun :-) And I absolutely loe your running outfit!

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34 Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance November 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

WOW!!!! CONGRATS FRIEND!!!! so awesome that you tackled and CONQUERED this!

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35 Amylee November 1, 2011 at 3:15 am

Total rockstar! I’m bummed for you that the weather wasn’t a little better. It’s frustrating to travel all of that way just to get a sub par experience. Kudos to you for having a good attitude about it! Love the pink and black. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

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36 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 1, 2011 at 3:27 am

Great job girl! I love your race outfit! The pink is so vibrant!

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37 TriGirl November 1, 2011 at 3:47 am

Wahoo! Great job Christina! I love that feeling of accomplishing something you never though you could do…which is why we’re doing all of this!

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38 Turtle-speed Runner November 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

That sounds like soo much fun!! Shame you didn’t get your time but it means you can only do better next time :)

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39 Carrie Shaw November 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Congrats!! If you end up getting pictures of you doing the obstacles, you should definitely post them!

P.s. I love the gray hat you’re wearing in the pudding picture, it’s so cute!

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40 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny jeans November 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Congratulations!! Looks like a fun event :) And whatare the odds that it would snow huh???!! Craziness!

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41 mallory November 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

That’s so cool!!! I’m glad you had a great time!

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42 Mac November 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Nice work, sounds like a fun race!

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43 Laura @ nevernotbeautiful November 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

You totally would have killed it if not for the weather, which looks insanely crappy by the way!! Congrats on taking your bruises like a tough girl and finishing without injury!

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44 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations! That is so awesome!
Were you at Rice to Riches for the rice pudding? I went there last time I was in NYC too and loved it.

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45 bri November 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Great job! Congrats on a great finish in cruddy weather!

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46 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Congrats to you and Dean! That’s so awesome! (well… minus the bruises, puddles, and cramps, but otherwise awesome)

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47 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Dang girl congrats that is AWESOME!! You rock :D

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48 Nelly November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Congrats on the race! I saw pics and video of the Chicago one, you might want to consider that one for next year. It looked like a lot of fun. And the SF one likely has good weather too.

Bummer about the weather being bad, nice job getting through it!

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49 Cecily @ rerunrunning.com November 2, 2011 at 12:44 am

Oh my goodness you’re so hardcore and amazing! It is so difficult to run in the cold, and with obstacles?!?! Crazy. Looks like you did well and had fun though. What an awesome experience.

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50 Suzanne November 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

Great job! This sounds like a great event minus no food or drinks or anything at the end. That just seems odd to me. Hooray for new bling for your medal display!

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51 Hayley @ Oat Couture November 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

Amazing, well done!!! Congrats to both of you! Rockstar couple!! :)

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52 stefanoSTRONG November 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

urbanathlon!!! it seems a great race!
and… great blog! i’ll keep on follow you…from rome :-D

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53 Megan @ On the Road Again November 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Dude, how did I miss this recap?!?! Gosh, so here I am, a full week late, but CONGRATS on a great race anyway! And dare I say your man is a rockstar? What an amazing time for such a complex race!

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