So if you checked the blog over the weekend you would have seen my post “A little scare…but all is good.” However that was just one of the things that happened during this run. Let me tell you about the rest of it…
I signed up for this race a while back because I wanted to get 1 last race in before the baby came and this seemed like a perfect fit, a virtual race. None of the pressure all of the fun!
Well it started out exactly that way see I didn’t even care if I looked cute:
Yes as you can see I did print and wear a bib, I was proud even if I was running alone. Anyway the first .5 miles felt great, I rounded the corner on my trail and saw something strange… about 15-20 people all standing around the train track looking down at the bridge. Now I’ve run this trail on Saturdays for almost 2 years (most weekends) and have never seen this before. Not to mention 2 summers ago this same bridge they were all looking at washed out and we just got the trail opened again. I decided to call the non-emergency line it just seemed weird….So there is stop number 1.
I ran another .2 miles or so and then got to said bridge, when I ran under it I could see a person standing on the train bridge between the 2 sets of tracks! Ok that is really weird this time I called 911. This time when I called everyone in dispatch was talking and finally the guy came back on the line informing me that a steam engine was coming through town…aah that explains it. Oops sorry to bother you. That was stop number 2
So I continue on the trail now watching for a steam engine to come down the tracks and about another .2 miles in a dog started barking. I was kind of in la la land and when the dog started parking I looked over and right then tripped over a heave in the trail…. of course. You can read more about that in this post. So there is stop number 3 ( but this time I didn’t stop the timer.)
After I got myself together again and kept running, I knew this might be my last time doing that distance and I wanted to finish! So I kept running and finally hit the 1.5 mark. At that point I’m on the trail running parallel to a major road and only have to cross one residential street. At this point there was a van in the cross walk but she saw me gave me a big smile and backed out of the cross walk. I checked the street saw a car coming from behind me but she was slowing down so I continued through the intersection. Just past the van who had backed up I looked to my right and that lady who was slowing down had apparently decided to keep on going even after she saw us! Darn old woman almost hit Cooper !!! Umm lady I had right of way for 2 reasons #1 I was going straight and you were turning left and #2 I’m a pedestrian!!!
So there you have it the msot eventful 3.1 miles I’ve ever run….. However after removing a few min from my time when I fell I ended up with decent time for 30 weeks preggo.
11:57 per mile!
7k Race at 22 weeks pregnant? Ok no problem!
Meagan, Myself and Sarah (Not my best look….)
This is my 2nd time running this 7k and although it was significantly slower than last year it was a great day. As for the slower speed well there are LOTS of reasons for that:
- This year the race was 40 degrees cooler than last year….not even kidding.
- Umm Pregnant?
- Ice on the roads.
- Pacing Meagan for her first race above 5k!!! (Remember this girl? So far she has run The Color Run, Monster 5k and the Polar Dash with me.
- Meagan was not feeling well this day.
With that last point being said Meagan set another PR!!
It was her fastest mile, I have a feeling she will be beating this every race she does from here on, at least for this season. Her new mile PR is 12:36!
It was a road race with icy patches, if the crowd was thin the ice would have been easy to avoid but in the thick of it there was no weaving around it so we had to shuffle and walk over it. Once again Meagan ran the first mile solid woo hoo! Our plan was to do .25/.75 walk/run for the remainder of the race but Meagan wasn’t feeling well and so there was a bit more walking than normal. This is a pretty good course there are a few small hills but nothing crazy. Running through down town Minneapolis is always a run with a view.
Lots of great fans along the way but my favorite sign by far was in the last mile and it said “Run Stranger, Run!”
Well another one in the books, most likely my last one for a while….I’m thinking my first post baby run will be in October…guess we shall see.
What better way to start off the new year than with a 5k? Worked for me last year didn’t it?
This year I started it off with a friend, it was M’s 3rd race and her first timed one. I helped with motivation and pacing and on this course which is pretty much uphill turn around then down hill, she hit a few new PRs:
Fastest Mile: 12:44 (ever including training runs with me)
Fastest 5k: 41:20
I’m so stinking proud of Her! Not only did she achieve those 2 PRs but she also ran the first mile (which included the frist major incline) without stopping! We have been training to run 3/4 a mile and walk 1/4 a mile. I don’t think we walked a full 1/4 of a mile the whole time!
What a fun and COLD way to start the new year!
I’ve got A LOT of catching up to do on here but right now I’m just going to focus on today.
1 year ago today I started on a race course that even I couldn’t predict, 10 races, including a relay with my parents, 2- 1/2 marathons and a lot of other firsts. I think I’m missing a race or two but here is a photo montage of most of them:
Check out the Race/Training tab above to see the overviews but here are a few of my favorite moments:
Cinco du Mayo- Duatholon with my Parents!
My 1st 1/2 Marathon
Pacing my friend M at her first ‘official’ race.
Now I’m off to fun my first 5k of 2013!
This weekend I ran my first offical cross country run, according to the website its the “Largest Cross Country Race in North America!”
It was 7 miles of dirt, grass, feilds, hills, creeks and Muddy climbs, it was great, and exausting! The race used gun time (meaning they based your time on when the race officaly started not when you crossed the start line. That was a bit of a bummer but I understand the safty concerns with such a narrow start and 7,500 people. Based on that plus that fact that I was climing out of creeks, lots of hills and having to stop at points where the trail narrowed so much it became congested I’m pretty darn proud of my time!
Over all Rank: 614/6906
Age Group Rank: 105/616
See all of those people way down there behind us?
That is the muddy creek we just climbed out of in this picture.
This was a fun race and one I hope to do again, it sells out fast though so I’ll have to stay on top of it. Honestly the only thing I would like to see change would be timing the race based on chip time so that from year to year I can see if I improve, otherwise there is really no way to gage it.