It was a really fun weekend here! Hope you had a good one, too.
Saturday was packed, but the highlight was the 5k for me and kids dash for L.
I couldn’t have done it without this guy. I mean, look at him… baby on his chest, diaper bag on one arm, camera bag on the other. He managed to get most of the following pictures too. I feel lucky to have this kind of support system!
So back to the race. I had time for a 2.5 mile warm up jog, and was already melting. The race started at 11 am and it was close to 80 degrees!
We were off right on time.
The first mile felt surprisingly good. I hovered around a 6:40 pace and was surprised that I didn’t feel like I was going to die. (Mile one: 6:45) But that changed.
The course had two loops and the final .75 of each loop was an incline in the full sun that really tired me out. This is the half way point and I was beginning to wonder how I would hold on for another loop.
The second loop was slower, but the effort was harder. The heat was getting to me. I was feeling the “8 weeks postpartum” thing.
I was remembering why I always decide I hate the 5k when I’m in the middle of it. (Mile two- 6:57)
The last mile was so tough. I really wanted to catch the girl in blue but I had no final kick. I held on as long as I could. (Mile 3- 6:59)
Whew, SO ready to be done!
Final time: 21:58. I gave my husband a nod and headed to find water and shade immediately.
After catching my breath and feeling recovered, it was time for the kids dash.
L was unsure- she thought if she didn’t win, she wouldn’t get a medal. I assured her that everyone got a medal and we were just going to run for fun. (She definitely has a competitive streak… and didn’t get that from her daddy.)
The “dash” was not a specific distance and not very long. But it was the perfect first race experience for her.
Crossing the “real” finish line…
And a family shot!
As we were leaving, we heard them starting awards and decided to hang around.
I was the 3rd woman (a very small local race!!) and was surprised to find I won some goodies- a gift card to the local running store plus ear buds, Road ID gift cards, a journal and a few other odds and ends. Sweet!
I’d call the first post baby race a success. Not as easy as I hoped, but I did beat my pregnant self- and that was my goal. :) The baby slept, L enjoyed her race, and we all had a marvelous Saturday morning together.
Next up, the Trenton half in about six weeks. Time to work on endurance!
Did anyone else race this weekend?
Do you have small local races that you like to participate in?