I Ran the McCarren Park 5k!

I made it through the other side! The McCarren Park 5K that is. After weeks of hard sporadic training, I ran the McCarren 5K with my bestie, Trip C, and it was both terrific and terrible! Terrific because it was over much faster than I thought it would be and terrible because it was a little disheartening to watch the pack pull so far ahead of me from the start. I knew I’d be slow but maybe not that slow. Still, my goal was to either win (bwahaha!) or finish dead last in my age category. My mission in every endeavor is to go out in a blaze of glory at either end of the spectrum, doesn’t matter which. However, I neither won nor finished last. That was disappointing but all in all, it was a good day.
Patranila and Cherelle pre-race at the McCarren Park 5K
Me and Trip C pre-race.

Lucky Number Seven - McCarren Park 5K
Lucky #7!
So good in fact, that before our runner’s high wore off, we signed up to run another 5K next month. That’s right, we’ll be running the Happiest 5K on the Planet aka The Color Run over the July 4th weekend. If you’re not familiar with the Color Run, it’s a race where people along the race route douse you with colored cornstarch so that at the end, you’re covered in a rainbow of color. It’s like exercise art that also benefits charity. This year’s race will benefit the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation.
I’ve promised myself to be in better condition for this one. Really!

Patranila and Cherelle post-race at the McCarren Park 5K

Me and Trip C after the race. My hair went through some changes as well!
Now, back to the McCarren race. Notice the “Runners T-Shirt Table” sign on the left? Well, when we got to that corner the people who had the t-shirts and swag bags had already packed up and gone. And the race wasn’t even over yet! What gives NYCRuns? We will be inquiring about our swag and t-shirts, trust and believe!
Anyway, we’re on the the next one so watch out!
Thanks for reading and if you’d like to follow along with my continuing training updates on Twitter and Instagram, search the hashtag #5KPJ. See you from the road!



  1. 9 June 2016 / 12:37 AM

    You should of known it was gonna be a good day with the 777 as part of your racing numbers. Congrats on completing it with a smile on ur face I would of fell out!

    • Patranila
      9 June 2016 / 12:47 AM

      You’re right, I should have totally known that! I didn’t even think about the triple 7. And I absolutely wanted to fall out at the end!

  2. 20 June 2014 / 8:20 PM

    Congrats…. it becomes more fun when your best friend is running by your side 🙂

  3. 19 June 2014 / 4:32 AM

    Yay, i love this and that you finished it. I did my first 5k back in Jan with the family and it was so fun

  4. 19 June 2014 / 1:43 AM

    Congrats… If you ever need any running tips check out my blog: 300poundsandrunning.com

  5. 19 June 2014 / 12:27 AM

    Good job!!! No matter what place you finish in it does not matter. All that matters is that you tried and you finished.Kudos to you.

  6. 18 June 2014 / 11:30 PM

    Congrats! I hope you're able to get your shirts & swag.. I did a 5k last year, I was suppose to get a shirt, signed up for a 2XL, and they were all.. "we only order bigger sizes for our people.. you can have a large.." seriously still pissed about that, but it's whatever.. i guess i gotta get skinny to fit into it, it doesnt even fit on my husband, oh well.

  7. 18 June 2014 / 8:43 PM

    Congrats! You Go Girl! So very proud of YOU!

  8. 18 June 2014 / 3:17 PM

    Good for you! I would love to run a 5k one day. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 18 June 2014 / 12:44 PM

    This is so awesome, i can't run that long because of my disability. Congrats on your accomplishment.

  10. 18 June 2014 / 11:59 AM

    Hey you made it and I would be proud of myself for at least trying.. I am not a big runner but you make it look easy. Keep up the great job!

  11. 18 June 2014 / 11:32 AM

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with not coming in first. You did it and that is what matters. You did more than most…ahem…me…so be proud of that.
    And hell yes, you should get some swag!!

  12. 18 June 2014 / 11:02 AM

    WHAT? They shouldn't have left until everyone who was participating hit the finish line. But wahoo that you did this!

  13. 18 June 2014 / 4:42 AM

    Congrats on you 5K. I've been on numerous color runs and it's really the happiest run.

  14. 18 June 2014 / 4:01 AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment. Kodos to you. 🙂

  15. 18 June 2014 / 1:31 AM

    You certainly did have a big accomplishment, so good job! I know of people ( and some are my friends, haha ) who can't even finish a 3K run.

  16. 17 June 2014 / 11:20 PM

    That is so awesome – go you! Not something I can say I have done yet, but maybe some day!

  17. 17 June 2014 / 11:00 PM

    Congratulations on a job well done!!!! Don Purdum

  18. 17 June 2014 / 9:45 PM

    Great job! So thrilled for you! Very inspirational!

  19. 17 June 2014 / 9:38 PM

    Good job, ladies! I can't wait to see the pictures of your next race. I enjoy running 5Ks but I'm not sure I'm that brave.

    • 17 June 2014 / 11:40 PM

      Those pictures are going to be crazy!

  20. 17 June 2014 / 8:03 PM

    Congrats! I just completed my first 5K a few weeks ago. Its such a great feeling!

    • 17 June 2014 / 11:40 PM

      That's great! Congrats to you too.

  21. 17 June 2014 / 7:30 PM

    Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment.

    Michelle F.

  22. 17 June 2014 / 7:22 PM

    That is awesome!! There are so many runs in NYC!!

  23. 17 June 2014 / 7:07 PM

    That Is Awesome I Wish I Could These You Rock!

  24. 17 June 2014 / 3:58 AM

    Yaz! We have next!

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