|Dairy free doesn't mean healthy in my house|
I didn't eat all that myself, I did have actual marathon runners staying with me:
|Focused pictures are for fancy blogs|
I don't let people just stay at my house for free. I make them hold my baby as payment.
|I remember this one, I like her.|
|Mommy, save me!|
I took both kids to spectate at the finish line, which was way more fun for Faith than I anticipated. There were a lot of other kids at the finish and the little girls formed a kind of pack that harassed small dogs and climbed on anchors.
|I'm wearing pink shoes again? Mommy has no style sense.|
|Let's see what this dog looks like on the INSIDE!|
I'm not going to spoil the surprise of telling you about Kari and Alyssa's marathon since they'll write about it on their blogs, but I will tell you that Cordelia was very concerned about Kari's heart rate when she finished, or so I assume since she refused to let go of her finger:
|Whoa, that's high. You should try training harder.|
Then Faith was concerned about Kari's waistline and insisted on eating her post-race cookie for her. What can I say? I have caring children.
|Does this have cooties?|
Backing up a day, I did actually run this weekend instead of just watching and judging other people's pain face at the end of 26 miles. On Saturday morning I ran my first post-baby race! It was a 5K close to my house, which was ideal because I could go and race and be back before the baby got hungry again (in theory). The weather was perfect for a race (40 at the start, slight breeze) and thankfully the race started exactly on time so I didn't have to worry about running short on time and knowing the baby was hungry and waiting for me. (I had left a bottle with my husband, but that doesn't mean that she would actually drink it.)
I thought the 5K would be really small because only 30 people had checked "attending" on the Facebook event page, but there was a large crowd when I showed up. I think they had over 200 people, which is a great turn out for this area. The course was a flat out and back and from the start I tried to find a pace that felt hard, but sustainable for 3 miles. I'm not very experienced in pacing well for a 5K because I don't normally take them seriously (meaning I race them as part of a longer run).
I finished the 5K in 23:40 (Garmin time because official results are still pending) and felt like I could have run a smarter race. I think I held back too much for the first half? I don't really know, but I finished with a feeling that I could have done better. I'd really like to run a faster 5K and since I can't run longer races right now, it seems like a good time to focus on that. I plan on googling training ideas, but I think in general I just need to raise my anaerobic capacity since the thing that is slowing me down is feeling winded. The only way to do that is to do speed work and since I do so many miles on the treadmill, it should be easy to incorporate that into my running a couple of times a week. I'm going to do another 5K in May and hopefully see a time that starts with a "22"!
|Blah, blah 5Ks are boring, blah, blah|
I didn't stay for the awards (bottle-refusing baby was waiting for me and all) but I did win a medal. One of my neighbor running friends picked it up for me. I think I won 2nd in my age group, but I haven't seen the official results yet or the medal, but let's just all assume that I'm a winner.
Anyone have any tips on cutting down 5K times? I also have a 10K next month, so speed work tips in general are welcome!
Have you ever spectated a marathon? Were you amused by the looks of pain and the penguin walks that the runners do after they finish?