Hope everyone had a safe and fun filled Holiday week.
We went to Central/Eastern Washington to my home town for three nights to see family and friends. We had such a wonderful trip. We stayed at my parents house the whole time. Normally we try to switch to different families on different nights, but we were too lazy to pack up the kids from house to house this trip and decided to stay at my parents the whole time. We enjoyed family dinners, lunch out with friends and family, a visit with my grandparents, kids parade, a short run one day and the 5K race. I would say it was a pretty busy trip.
As far as the race I thought it was fun, organized, and not too hot. I was a little too focused on making sure everyone was ready and we had everything, that I didn’t eat my normal breakfast and I definitely felt like I needed fuel by the end of the race. I was so happy and proud to have my husband and kids there with me. I left that race with my eyes set on a 10k this month and half marathon in September. I’m ready to focus on my training schedule and see how far I come by the end of the summer.
This race was Dave’s first 5k and I wanted him to give you his experience.
Dave’s Race Recap
I didn’t feel like I trained for the race. I can run our normal family 2.5 mile loop no problem, but did not feel like I trained for the race. My trainer did not prepare me for what this was really going to be like.
I prepared the night before with spaghetti and a new IPA, and about three hours of sleep due to…parenting
Hectic. Anybody with kids knows you can’t get anywhere on time and you are always in a rush. We had to rush to pick up our race packet an hour before the start. Good thing we had extra time because no one told me about the pre-race bathroom breaks. I had to use the bathroom like twelve times. And then I had to sit and watch Krysti breastfeed for an hour until the race.
Pre Race Food
Bowl of cold oatmeal and two cups black coffee.
Being my first race I didn’t know what to expect. Seemed to start like any race would. The race itself started off fine. I could feel us running faster than normal, not necessarily by choice, but because I had to keep up with my Crunchy Mama and babies. It was still going fine until the one mile marker and then I was mad because I had only gone one mile, and a volunteer reminded me I still had 2.1 miles to go. At that point it got interesting. The paved trail turned into gravel, not packed gravel, but loose river rock gravel which sucked in the stroller like a boot sucking mud. That’s when my Crunchy Mama decided to give me the stroller. After that we got to run in cankle deep wet grass. We did get back on pavement and it continued to suck from there on out, regardless of running surface. I was happy to run through the sprinklers and see the finish line.
Happy to be done. I understand now the sense of accomplishment, but running still isn’t my thing…yet. Its been a few days and I still can’t walk right. I nursed my body the rest of the day by laying in the sun and playing with the kids enjoying pizza and beer for dinner.
Will I do it again? Yes. Will I be happy to do it again? Probably not.