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.