This weekend I ran my first race! I had signed up for a 5k earlier this year, but I found myself in the hospital with my husband as he recovered from a complicated appendectomy the morning of the race. So I was excited once more to be able to register, and grateful that all in our family were happy and healthy so that I could participate. This was a 4mi. run with a fun fun/walk as well.
I am a recreational runner who generally goes at whatever pace I please and whatever distance I feel like going. Not too slow, not too fast. Not too close, not too far away. Before I found out I was pregnant, I had been pushing myself and increasing my distance to 5.5 or 6.5 miles per run, a few days a week. In addition, I was doing zumba just about every day, with class a couple times a week and Zumba Wii anytime I felt the impulse (which is pretty much always).
Soon, though, I decided to take down my exercises a notch because I know myself, and I know that I can continue pushing myself to do more — but I am the kind of person who dehydrates and overheats easily. I can deal with that, when it’s just me, but it is selfish and unsafe to keep pushing it when I am responsible for maintaining my body as healthy as possible for a defenseless, developing little one. So when, two nights in a row, I felt a deep abdominal contraction, I eased off a bit on the training.
On race day, Aron and D walked from our house down to the park, where we met them at the finish line. I must commend him on being in the perfect spots to take some photos as we (my awesome zumba instructor/one of my BFFs Christy) were wrapping up the final mile of the race.
Christy made it across 1 second before I did. If she hadn’t stuck by my side the entire race, she would have made it across about a minute sooner!! She finished 127th and I was 128th, out of the 379 male and female participants. I came in 2nd place out of 18 for my age bracket. My time was 33:35, which was actually much faster than I would have expected!
Tell me about your race experiences, and feel free to share any event info for upcoming Indiana races in the comments. Take care!