Saturday, May 14, 2011

I'll pay you $20 to get my rear in gear

It was really nice having my mom here for a few days. She flew back home yesterday. My grandmom was released from the hospital which is a great news, so my mom had to leave earlier than planned to help at her house. My mom claims she's not exhausted. I'm not sure how she's not.

Emily had the time of her life going to story hour, the movie theater, and the playground during the week.


I was able to have some down-time after work and get to bed at a decent hour each night. Being well rested allowed some ambition to sneak back into my running. I woke up early on a precious Saturday morning and decided to run the 6k race taking place just a few minutes from our house.

It's been awhile since these legs have seen sub-8 minute miles, so I thought it was a good idea to test out what they've got. I'm treating the ODDyssey Half Marathon next weekend as a fun run, but I still wanted to gauge where I am after taking a step back with my training these past couple months.

What better way to run fast than to have someone chase you. I'm willing to pay 20 bucks for that.


I started towards the front, but off to the very edge of the road. I know from previous races that's the best strategy. I'm out of the way of the fast runners, but don't have to weave around a bunch of people to get moving. As soon as we got going I realized I forgot to lock the front wheel of the stroller, so I pulled onto the grass and quickly locked it. Then it started raining, but it didn't last very long.

Overall I felt better than I anticipated. I picked up some runners along the way and was only passed once......by a dude pushing a jogging stroller. It was pretty funny because we know each other from previous races and usually finish close together. He got me today.

There were only 170 runners, so I ended up second Overall Female with a time of 27:56. This was my first 6k race with the stroller, so let's hear it for an insta-PR! The awards were these dogtag thingies. Em's been wearing it around the house all morning.


Once we got home I put her in the stroller and we did 4 more miles around our neighborhood.


Hopefully I'll be able to run 13.1 next weekend without dying.

Not much else going on here at the Blondie household this weekend. What kind of shenanigans do you guys have planned?

Stats:
Time: 27:56
Pace: 7:29/mi
Gender: 2/?
A/G: 1/?

9 comments:

  1. Nice race! Good luck in the half next week!

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  2. Nice work and WHOOP for the instant PR! I've got to motivate myself to run 8 miles today, but it is cold and rainy - I might need to pull out the thermal tights! Hard to believe it was nearly 100* on Wednesday.

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  3. I am going see Bridesmaids. hahahha! Congrats on the race. Second is not too shabby at all!

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  4. Aren't there any tornadoes you could run from? :)

    "Being well rested allowed some ambition to sneak back into my running." -- Oh, I hear you; that sleep-thing is so important even for just wanting to get up and be a mom and wife.

    OH! On a side note: I had to Google you to get to your blog. For some reason clicking on you from both the comment section and from my blogroll on the side brought me to a message that read "404 Not Found" with a URL of "http://www.atlantarunningmom.com"instead of lifeintheatl.blogspot.com

    I saw someone else post that Blogger has been having problems. I'm not on it enough to see that. Just thought I'd let you know.

    :)

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  5. Hey, thanks for going the extra mile to find me Gina:)

    I just bought my own domain name, and Blogger is in the process of transferring everything. Now I realize this weekend probably wasn't the best time with all the other wonky errors they're having. Hopefully it'll be complete by tomorrow.

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  6. Awesome race! Love the photos in this post too. Hope you have fun running the 1/2 next weekend.

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  7. Awesome race! Love the photos in this post too. Hope you have fun running the 1/2 next weekend.

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  8. Aren't there any tornadoes you could run from? :)

    "Being well rested allowed some ambition to sneak back into my running." -- Oh, I hear you; that sleep-thing is so important even for just wanting to get up and be a mom and wife.

    OH! On a side note: I had to Google you to get to your blog. For some reason clicking on you from both the comment section and from my blogroll on the side brought me to a message that read "404 Not Found" with a URL of "http://www.atlantarunningmom.com"instead of lifeintheatl.blogspot.com

    I saw someone else post that Blogger has been having problems. I'm not on it enough to see that. Just thought I'd let you know.

    :)

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  9. Nice work and WHOOP for the instant PR! I've got to motivate myself to run 8 miles today, but it is cold and rainy - I might need to pull out the thermal tights! Hard to believe it was nearly 100* on Wednesday.

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