I am pleased to say that Pa and I finally found a family friendly 10K that was reasonably priced! It was scheduled on the same morning we were leaving for our road trip. Even without a race, getting everything ready when we are heading out of town is a mad dash, tends to be stressful, and always takes us longer than we planned. So why wouldn’t we decide to take 2+ hours away from packing to run a race?
Fortunately, because I am home and because Pa and I are both planners, we actually had quite a bit of our packing completed by Friday night but we still weren’t necessarily ready to run a race come 6 AM Saturday morning.
I nursed Lula when I got up (one side) and put her back in her crib to see if she would fall asleep for a little while. She just played in her crib while Pa and I woke up- me with coffee and him with Propel. When it was close to our departure time (the race started at 7:30), Lula got her diaper changed and I nursed her again on the other side- she was nice and full and I was nice and empty!
This is a small run to help the local library in our area and we’ve run it plenty of times. It was special, of course, because Lula was with us!
I used to get pre-race jitters. Most of them were because I was racing for time…nowadays, I am just happy to get out there and push myself a little bit. I’m not in racing shape and I didn’t want to die out there (or throw up) so I was fairly relaxed.
Pa and I got our shirts, race number bibs, and did some serious people watching while we waited.
Pa started the race with the stroller and lucky me, he ended up pushing it the entire way. We started the race in the back of the pack and soon discovered we should have started further up so we wouldn’t have to dodge people with a stroller!
After about a mile of running together, Pa and Lula broke away from me (we usually race individually) and I kept them in my sights as motivation to keep pushing.
This race is a 5K & 10K out and back and most people opt to run the 5K. It can be mentally challenging to see so many people turn around after 1.5 miles and know that you’ve got a ways to go. Since I was considering this to be just another 6 mile run rather than a race, this year it wasn’t so bad when so many made their way to the finish line.
Once I passed the 5K turnaround, I knew I was working hard. I picked off one woman right before the 10K turnaround and then another one immediately afterwards. At that point, I was the lead woman for the 10K- I am not a super fast runner but I was still excited.
With about two and a half miles left, Pa turned around (he is so sweet!) and ran the rest of the race with me. I wouldn’t have minded if he had gone ahead but he was slowed down with the stroller and didn’t have a chance of placing in the top three finishers.
There were a fair number of hills and it was getting warmer as the sun rose higher in the sky but we kept on pushing. One of the women I picked off got ahead of me and eventually the other one did too but I got ahead of her a little later on and never saw her again.
A few more people passed us, including one more woman, and I knew that it might be difficult to finish in the top 3 females. Excitingly, I was able to keep my position so that was pretty cool! We ended up finishing the race in 52:29! I ran this race in 2010 and my finishing time was 55:31 so I was pretty pleased with my time. I was running 8:36 minute miles which is about my average speed on my treadmill runs so hooray for speedwork paying off!
As an aside, I am not trying to take anything away from any of the women who ran this 10K, myself included, but I recognize that my time is not that impressive. This is a family run, not a run for PRs. I am pleased that I did well for me, but to claim that I ran a fast race, I would have had to be under 8 minute miles for sure, if not under 7 minute miles!
We ended up sticking around so I could get my medal!I definitely wanted Lula up there with me and I’m glad Pa got a photograph!All in all, it was a really good race and I’m so glad that Pa and I decided to make it happen, even on a hectic morning. We basked in the post-race glow for most of the day and I am motivated to start looking for more family friendly races this summer.
Have a great day!
p.s. Lula did great for the entire race- she took it all in stride and even snoozed for a few minutes towards the end- I am so grateful my baby likes being in a stroller!