Monday, June 24, 2013

From the Sidelines to the Starting Line

We started off the month of June by heading to San Diego to watch our friends run the SD Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. Elijah and Adelle were kind enough to house this whole brood at their house for the weekend.

Outside the Race Expo at the San Diego Convention Center


This was our first time bringing Emily along on one of trips to San Diego. She did exceptionally well on the long flights there and back. It was a little more rough on me, between our late night flight there and the time change, I spent quite a bit of the weekend napping.
We ate a gluttonous amount of Vietnamese, Korean BBQ, and sushi, and took Emily to see the seals at the Children’s Pool and dip her toes in the Pacific while we were there.


Seals at the Children's Pool

First time dipping her toes in the Pacific

On race day, it was a little bittersweet watching the runners pour into the finishers' chute. I still have fond memories from when we ran this race 2 years ago. However, I didn’t think it would be an enjoyable experience trying to lumber through it in my current state though. It was still fun to be part of the festivities, and a motivator to be there again. Hopefully next year?

Congrats to Elijah, Kurt, and Brent on a great races! And thank you again to Elijah and Adelle for being awesome hosts (as always).
 
Seconds to the finish line. Sorry EJ, that's the best pic I got.

Our gracious hosts and Emily's new BFF Norah

Even though 13.1 is too much for me to tackle right now, I can still plod my way through a 5k. The following weekend I decided to go for it since Mr.Blondie was home and I could have the morning to myself.
It was another small race with only 120 runners total, but everyone looked fit and intimidating. By that, I mean a lot of ladies looking cute in just sports bras and little running shorts.

I ran my little race, felt good, and only had to walk a couple times when I got to the top of a hill. I took a little break to drink some water and headed to the gym. Averaging a pace of 9:04/mi, I figured it was safe to leave as soon as I was done in order to make the 9:15 spin class.

Apparently looking fit and trim in your running gear doesn’t necessarily mean you’re Speedy McSpeedster. But I can still be completely envious of you for pulling off just a sports bra and running shorts so well.

Somehow I was 1st in the 3-34 age group when the results were posted later.

Normally I’d let it go, but I swung by later to pick up my medal. It’s a nice momento to have for the baby book.
 
Since I don't have 17.5 fingers, we'll round to 4 months here

Blurry glamour shot for the blog courtesy of my 4 yr-old

Doing my best to keep on keeping-on for as long as the bump allows. And enjoying the races from both perspectives.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Run for Life 5k

Well it’s been a few months since my last race, but I’ve been upping my mileage again these past few weeks and was just itching to get back out there again.
It was pouring rain when my alarm went off Saturday morning, but I wasn’t going to lose out on my registration fee. It mean it cost a whole $20 y'all. I’d deal with getting a little wet.
Emily had the easy part. She was a happy camper riding inside the BOB, cocooned under the rain cover. Running in the rain was actually nice and refreshing, now that the heat and humidity have finally started ramping up for the summer.

The rain scared a lot of runners away. The race director said they had a little over 250 runner registered, but only about 100 showed up. Did I mention the race cost a whole $20? Geez, these people must use $20’s to wipe when they run out of toilet paper too.
Even though it’s been awhile, I still got that familiar adrenaline rush when the gun went off, but I told myself I was going to go faster than a 9:00/mi pace with the stroller. Not being able to push hard in a 5k is frustrating. that's what your supposed to do in a race this short. And surprisingly, I was also bothered a little more than I expected to have people pass me, especially those that I recognized and normally beat.
But it was nice to be part of the racing community again. I chatted with the people around me. I joked with one guy who looked like he was struggling on a hill and told him he better pick up the pace. After all, I’m 14 weeks pregnant and pushing a jogging stroller.... Gonna let me beat you?!  That got him moving.
We finished in a respectable 28:53, without me being tired and out of breath.  I get winded so much easier now and really have to pay attention to what my body's telling me.  I've been using the "talk test" to help gauge my effort during exercise.
Being a small race, it actually got me for 3rd place in my age group.

Emily also was the first little girl to finish in the kids run. Not long until that kid is leaving me in the dust.
Her debut the race company's Facebook page

I love that we can still do this together, and she seems to enjoy it as much as I do.



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quick Hello - Welcome 2013

Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!

I'm not going to do a long post with lots of link-backs and pictures, but I have to give credit to 2012. It was a quite an amazing year for our family. Lot's of new places, races (even some PR's), and fun times together. We were happy and healthy, and checked a lot of items off our lifetime to-do list.

We have lots of personal and professional changes in the works for this upcoming year. I'm sure we'll be presented with our fair share of challenges, but if 2013 can be half as blessed as 2012, we'll be in good shape.

Wishing all the best to you and yours in the upcoming year!