I'm in my 23rd week or 6th month of pregnancy and I'm feeling pretty good albeit still gassy, forgetful and about 15 pounds heavier. Some may say it's 15 pounds of sassy and I think they are right. I don't hold anything back these days, it's as though someone has given me a dose of truth serum.
A couple of weeks back, I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to see my family and run a little 5K race called Rock the Parkway. I was originally supposed to run the half marathon with my sister, but thank God I missed the deadline, because my running is still sporadic at best these days. Some weeks I run as much as 20-25 miles per week, others weeks, I can barely eek out 10 miles. It pretty much depends on where Beavis (no the child still has no name...just Beavis) is laying. If he's down low, he pushes on my scar tissue from my prior C-section and that makes running pretty painful, but if he's up high....game on. So my sister ran the half, and I ran the 5K with my dad, which was pretty special because it was my Dad's very first 5K and his very first race!
Race morning, we got the brilliant idea to wear matching, bright ass orange t-shirts. This was to be a really good decision because later on in the race/after the race, we could all spot each other from a mile away.
I had one goal in this race-make it to the porta potty at the mile and a half mark. Ask any pregnant runner and she'll tell ya that you have to pee every 5-10 minutes, so making it to a mile and a half mark was a good goal.. Actually it was either that or pee my pants because I really had no other choice. I had no time goals for the race. I mean why? I was 20 weeks pregnant and 13 pounds heavier, it's not exactly like I train for speed these days, I pretty much train as to not have triple chins. So the plan was to just run at a comfortable pace.
Well, I made my potty goal and finished with a chip time of 29:31, which is a 9:31 pace and even though I was slower than usual, I still came in 37 out of 260 in my age group. In fact, the top 5 women in my age groups times only ranged between 22 and 25 minutes. Hmmm....may have to come back next year less pregnant.
Here I am crossing the finish line with a lovely heel strike made possible by a downhill finish.
After I finished, I found my brother-in-law Wick and we started to look for my dad, which really wasn't hard hence the bright ass t-shirt. We found him walking about 500 yards out from the finish line. I ran out to give him a little encouragement and to get him to run it in to the finish. My dad is not a runner, but he signed up and started to train for the race so that he could hang out with his daughters on race day. He was so excited about this race and so very nervous that it would take him at least an hour to finish.
You want to see something inspirational, you watch your 58 year old, non-running father finish his very first race well under his goal time. His chip time was 44 minutes and the smile on his face when I told him his time was priceless. I am so very proud of him and I have a feeling that this won't be his last race because he was already talking about training for another one. :)
Pretty soon, my sister texted me and said she was near the finish. She crossed the finish line with a 17 MINUTE HALF MARATHON PR!!!! I am so proud of her accomplishment! This is only her second half marathon and I think that she will keep on surprising herself with future PRs.
I had such a great weekend and it's always nice when it includes running AND your family. Hanging out at the race, I realized how much I want my son to grow up around this sort of atmosphere. I stopped racing after my daughter was born, so she was never around this type of culture. In my wise, old advanced age, I now realize that you can be a mother and a runner and I would love for him to hang out around these types of events. You just can't help but come away from them with a good feelings from being around such positive, active people. And maybe, just maybe, he'll be just a little bit inspired to be a runner (or biker or triathlete) one day.
Next up: Colfax Marathon Relay May 20th