Sunday, October 2, 2011

5K Double Header

The weekend started off as planned with a 5k race I registered for a few weeks ago. There were at least a dozen to pick from, but I chose this one since it was at Georgia Tech. I think the campus is pretty and I’ve been meaning to do a race there.

Really mom?
It was the 13th year of this race. It was nicely put together, and they had a sizeable turnout. They offered me an extra youth-sized shirt for Emily at registration, and had face painting and activities for the kids afterwards. It was a fun morning.

Unfortunately my chip, as well as many others, didn’t register properly and there was confusion with the results. They’re still trying to straighten them out, but I left knowing I was 5th female overall and I think 1st or 2nd age group.

My Garmin clocked a perfect 3.1, leading me to believe the course had to be a bit short. I stayed within the cones, but certain didn’t run perfect tangents.

People were really laughing and pointing at us on one particular downhill portion of the course. I know what you’re thinking. They were laughing at us more than usual, which led me to look over the front of the stroller to see what Em was doing. She was holding onto the sides of the stroller with her head pushed back into the seat and a deer-in-the-headlights look on her face. Yeah, we had a bit of momentum going.

It was funny until I saw runners coming back the other way. There was a turnaround point at the very bottom of the hill. Then all I could think about was Crap, I gotta get back up this. Even mole-hills feel like mountains when you’re pushing the stroller.

My plan was to run an additional 7 after the race to get in 10 for the day, but it was all over once Em saw the bounce house. I ran an additional 6 with her when we got home.

Later that evening we were supposed to join Mr.Blondie on one of his trips. He picked up a lousy trip he didn’t have to do (it would take a whole other post to explain what makes a trip “good” or “bad”), solely because it had a long Saturday night layover at a beach hotel. When it was time to go, DENIED. The flights there and back were completely full.

With this disappointing change in plans, our Sunday was now wide open. As I was cruising this morning to see if they’d posted the results from the previous day, I saw there was another nearby 5k scheduled to start later in the afternoon.

You know the saying, “Running is cheaper than therapy”. Well, running 5k’s is also less expensive and more wholesome than going to the movies or the mall. We had found our activity for this afternoon.

The “race” was a casual event of about 100 runners. It was nice, flat out-and-back course, but I hadn’t realized what a head wind we’d be up against on the way back. It was like pushing a sail boat at full mast. Oh my, I had to stop and walk for a little bit.

They announced my time as 21:57 as we crossed the line and handed me an index card with my place written on it. Old school, simple and easy. I was 2nd female overall and 1st in my age group. Again the course was a bit suspect as I clocked 3.08 miles. I’m totally waiting for the IAAF to call and revoke my record. Heh.I kept going for another 3 to reach it 6 miles for the day.

It's a major award. Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

If you run, what's your favorite distance for races or workouts?


  1. Aww, nice picture of you too! Sorry your plans got botched, but you made the most of it. Congrats on the awards!

    Lately I think favorite race distance is 5K, as my training seems to be more conducive to improving at 5K much more than at longer distances. :)

  2. Aww, nice picture of you too! Sorry your plans got botched, but you made the most of it. Congrats on the awards! Lately I think favorite race distance is 5K, as my training seems to be more conducive to improving at 5K much more than at longer distances. :)

  3. Tina @ Faith Fitness FunOctober 3, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    I haven't run a half yet but I could see myself liking that distance the best. I guess I just need to sign up for more races to figure it out. You owned both of those!

  4. Oh my gosh.....fra-geee-lay! I cracked up. Also, you are placing in races while pushing a toddler in a stroller? Holy cow. I need to pass your blog along to my best friend. She had a baby in February and is really struggling to get back to running. She cannot believe how heavy that stroller and little baby are!! :)

  5. So funny about the big downhill (not so funny about the uphill)! My club hosts weekly series like that--50 cents to enter, no frills, simple racing. Good stuff!

  6. I cannot imagine running uphill with a stroller. I can barely run up one with just me!

    My favorite distance is a 15K. I feel like I get into a good groove and don't go out too fast, but it's short enough that I don't feel completely wiped out after like I do with a half.

  7. you're ridiculous! I want your speed! and with a jogger. UGHH!! congrats!!

  8. i love that your time while pushing a stroller is faster than mine. You are totally proof that having kids is not an excuse not to exercise!!!

    And good news I'm suddenly feel better...for no reason we can find!

  9. You are awesome. That is all

  10. You are my hero. That is all. :)

    No seriously though, I would love to run that fast sans toddler.

  11. That's great news. Glad to hear you're feeling better! You certainly didn't let it slow you down,it owuld have been hard to tell unless you told us.

  12. Yeah, I really like the 15k too. I like that it's becoming a more popular distance now. I don't ecall seeing many in the past.

  13. I struggle to do speedowrk on my own, so that would be perfect. I wish I knew of something like that around here.

  14. whao nice job! crazy fast time! and those uphills are killer with the stroller. way to go

  15. What a darling little fitness partner!!

    :-) Marion

  16. When I am properly trained - I love me a half marathon. Short enough to get a decent pace going, long enough to keep it challenging.