Katie (33 weeks, 6 days pregnant) with Rick (husband) and our 3-year-old
We could not pass up the chance to start our Fourth of July with this race, and I am glad we did! We headed over there around 6:30 a.m. and easily made it inside for race-day registration at 7:00 a.m. I loved the empty roads today with the holiday! Rick went on a warm-up run while I walked around with our daughter. It had been raining, and she loved looking at the puddles and overflowing ditches! Then I headed inside to drop her off at the nursery.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of the start line so much. When I'm not running or racing as much, I really miss seeing my friends and just feeling the energy around me as we all get ready to race. I've been running anywhere from 3-7 miles a few times a week, but I also have days where I walk instead. All together, I probably am running and walking 25-30 miles a week in my 6-7 daily morning workouts. My latest "long" run was a 7 mile run at a 12:30 pace. My last race was the Cotton Row 5K on Memorial Day, where I got a 26:12 and was 28.5 weeks pregnant. My pace has slowed a lot since then on my normal runs, so I planned to try for a sub-30.
I felt great while running today, which is always a relief while pregnant. I kept a fairly steady pace but slowed a little each mile (splits were 8:46, 8:56, and 9:07ish). The recent rain had made it SO humid out there, so I was dripping with sweat. That made me feel like I was running much harder than I was. Even though I have a huge tummy right now and I've put on 30 pounds, I still feel like I am the same in my lungs and legs. I felt like I could run so much faster if I wasn't pregnant. It just felt great being out there among other runners since so many of my miles recently have been solo miles. I enjoy cheering for the other racers and watching the front of the pack (the course was out-and-back on a greenway), and I enjoy competing with the runners around me. It felt good surging and picking off runners near the end of the race. I also loved looking at the creek with its raging muddy waters today. The scenery made the time go back quicker.
After finishing in 28:08, I headed inside to get our daughter, and we stayed for awards and to chat with fellow runners. It was a great start to our Fourth of July!