Well, I’m humbled. My baby — all of six months old — beat me to the finish line at a 5K this weekend, setting her PR, her PDR and even winning the unofficial stroller division.
I’m just hoping it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship she has with fitness.
It was perfect on several levels:
- the race was only timed at the end, had no chip timing and was very small
- the course was stunning and happened to start just about 10 minutes from our house
- I just bought a new running stroller off Craigslist and I was anxious to try it out
- strollers were welcome
- I am in training for the Women’s Running Series 5K in St. Petersburg (there is also a half marathon there – discount code below!)
Lucas was, as always, supportive — and only grumbled a bit about having to wake up early, the misty morning, etc. But as soon as the gun went off to start the race, his competitive streak kicked in. And (spoiler alert) that led him and Audrey to have quite a race.
We didn’t really talk about how we wanted to run when we started — I think we figured that we’d kind of see how the stroller affected things. I think we maintained about a 10-minute mile for the first mile or so (I ran without a Garmin or a clock and had NO idea where I was on the course or what pace I was running), a bit slower than either of us would naturally be, but we had to try and dodge other runners and walkers. Once things cleared up, in the second mile, we started to go a bit faster, and I started to feel a side stitch set in. I decided to slow down and then take a 30-second walking break to try and alleviate the pain, but I told Lucas to keep going.
Perhaps spurred on by Audrey’s cheers (we heard “squeee! heeeahhhhh! booooo!” from the stroller throughout the run), they picked up their pace, slowly disappearing from my view. After my break, I got back to running, but settled in around a 9:30 pace (my best guess). Lucas turned several times and we exchanged thumbs up signs, and as we turned the final corner toward the finish line, they took off.
I gave it one final kick and when I saw Lucas and Audrey cheering me on at the finish line, I smiled my way through the last few strides and asked how they did.
As it turns out — there was one stroller ahead of my team, but when Lucas saw them, he raced as hard as he could to finish first…and he did. They beat me by more than a minute (there was a clock at the end, which said I finished in 30:56, but I think I started about a minute after the gun went off) and won — self-awarded only — the stroller division.
It was so much fun, and I’m already looking for more stroller-friendly races. I loved taking Audrey out among other runners and while I know she won’t remember this race, I will, and I’ll tell her how she rocked her first run.
Then took a nice long nap.
1) I’m still hoping to PR at the St. Petersburg 5K this fall, and I’d LOVE to have you join me at that event or one of the other Women’s Running Series races in the next few months.
Bloomington, MN – June 16, 2013 SORRY! This city’s event has been cancelled.
Nashville, TN – September 28, 2013
Scottsdale-Tempe, AZ – November 3, 2013
St. Petersburg, FL – November 24, 2013
If you sign up for the half marathon in St. Pete, use the discount code FITFLKATY for $10 off. (Note: I am being compensated for helping to promote this race but believe me, the sweat and tears I’m putting into training are all mine.)
2) I think Lucas and I are now firmly on Team Saucony. He RAVED about how lightweight his Virrata were this weekend (see his original review here) and I have to admit that while I love my Virrata, the Kinvara 4 have grown on me and are my new favorites. They’re a perfect balance between lightweight, minimalist shoes and more traditional running sneakers.
They’re super comfortable, sturdy without feeling bulky and weren’t too tight at the top of my foot, which is a regular complaint of mine. I didn’t love these the first time I wore them but after a few runs, I’m definitely changing my tune. (Note: I was sent these sneakers for free as part of a review program.)