Hope all that celebrate Mother’s Day had a great one. Although I have yet to really get into the Mother’s Day “traditions” it is not really a big holiday in my mind per say. Sure it is nice to be recognized as a mother, but in the same sentence your loved ones should show that love every day anyways, I don’t need a card to be told that.
True, it was nice when kiddo’s day care had him make a little something for me (which I don’t have a picture of, shocker…)
What I did this Mother’s Day was do a nice 5K stroller run with my friend who did the 10K.
First I’ll back up just a tad to Friday.
We went out to the farm, as the race was in the city, and was talking with the hubby about the weekend plans. Hubby is a farmer and they finally were able to get into the field. Our initial plans were hubby was going to look after the kiddo while I went for my run but plans changed. I was this close to placing the jogging stroller in the car prior to driving out to the farm but I just didn’t do it. So on Saturday we had to go into the city and pick up a new one – but instead of a regular singleton jogging stroller I went ‘nuts’ and picked up a dual side by side.
He helped put it together.
Let’s just say that after the race, this stroller is pretty awesome. It is very smooth on a paved surface and ridiculously easy to push.
Okay now onto the race:
It was a very nice sunny day. Maybe a little cool at the start (like +5C) and I wore the t-shirt they provided, some pants, and I did wear gloves until about the 2.5 mile mark. It started just a few minutes late for the 9:00 AM start time. They had told us on the speakers multiple times that strollers should go towards the back of the back of 5k’ers. So I followed the rules. This sort of sucked. I also feel that this was the largest race I have ever participated in. The announcer said over 2,000 people!
My stroller isn’t that much wider than a lot of the strollers that were there and surprisingly to myself, I was doing some pretty good time for the first mile. I was going slower due to having to pass so many people (which in hindsight is a good thing that I wasn’t making myself go too fast because it was a race). I had to yell multiple times as it was a Mother’s Day Run AND Walk so there were groups of walkers walking in a line that would be as deep as the street saying “Passing on your right, or your left, or not at all” I was trying not to get agitated but when I say ‘Passing” about 5 times I think I mean it… The first mile I actually ran it all in about 10 minutes. This was due to how nicely paved the road was and my awesome stroller.
After about the first 1/2 mile it did start to get a little thinned out. Which was nice except the second mile was all uphill on a terrible trail path. This stroller isn’t the best for trails. The wheels sounded like they had unlocked themselves (which they didn’t) and the stroller didn’t have much grip per say. I struggled the entire mile. At the top of the hill they did have a water station and I said to another stroller runner “That should have been the downhill route” and they agreed.
The last mile I was already spent from the last mile that I walked/ran for the last part. My quads were just on fire! I am not doing these races obviously for time so it didn’t matter at all.
Final Time: 38:47 for 3.1 miles.
We stuck around as there was a fun run for the kids starting a little later. So we played around in the bouncy house, had some chocolate milk, got a new orange ball to play with until they had us line up for the fun run.
Kiddo did not understand this and didn’t want to run so I carried him the whole way. I tried to put him down but I think he got shy. Next time, kiddo, next time.