After I unloaded the stroller and Megatron and his breakfast and his meds (naturally the race started right at the time he needed his immunosuppressant, but we are both used to meds on the run these days), I put on my superhero tutu... Back up! I was also wearing socks with capes and wings, a Wonder Woman shirt and a crazy headband. This was all part of my Halloween costume but Megatron ended up with a nasty cold and cough the night of the Halloween party we had been invited to so I never got to wear it. So I was pretty excited to wear it for the race. And I fit right in. Lots of people, adults and kids alike, were wearing various superhero costumes. I clearly take my running very seriously.
|Yup, capes AND wings!|
|It's like a jazzed up Pope mobile.|
|He was all snuggly and warm inside there. He just chilled and enjoyed his breakfast while I worked my tail off!|
The first 100 yards were on a really narrow sidewalk and I was worried it was going to be a looooong race because I was already getting trapped behind slower people but it was too narrow for me to pass and I can't off road with the stroller (that sucker is super top heavy and tips easily). Luckily the path widen so it got a lot easier to pass. I tried not to go out too fast but I was anxious to spread out a little so I could focus on running and stop worrying about running over kids. It was crazy windy that morning so I was just waiting for the course to turn into the wind. That's when I realized that it wasn't the head on winds that I needed to worry about. It wasn't constant wind, we were getting random, strong gusts and it was the gusts coming from the side that caused me all kinds of trouble. The wind would gust at the side of the stroller and pull me right along with it. There were quite a few times I had to push using both hands. Have you ever tried running with your arms tied to your sides? It's hard. Your arms propel you forward so not being able to swing at least one of my arms made it extra difficult. Luckily the course was winding around so we changed directions enough that I eventually would get a break from the gusts.
It was an out and back course and that was something else that was a challenge with the stroller. The path narrowed again but it wasn't an issue because the crowd and spaced out but the turn around was a cone in the middle of the sidewalk. I had to do a complete U-turn with the stroller on a narrow sidewalk. I had to slow to almost a walk so the stroller wouldn't tip and when I did, no one could go around me because it was so narrow. I went as fast as I could without tipping the stroller and picked up the pace as soon as I made it around. I don't think anyone was too bent out of shape about it because there were some kids right behind me and when I got a look at some of the adults who were behind me, they just seemed to be shooting the breeze with their friends and kids. No one back there was there to "race."
I thought I would be more thrown off by not knowing my pace since I didn't have my Garmin but that didn't bother me so much. What I really wanted to know was how much further I had! The course had a 1 mile marker but that was the only one I saw and to be honest, it didn't seem like it was accurately placed. I couldn't quite judge how far I had left to know if I should slow down so I could make it to the finish without a break or if I was close enough to give it the gas. I just kept hanging on and hanging on until I saw the finish. One benefit of it being a small race was the fact that I started so close to the front. I knew that I would only be a couple seconds off the clock time. So when I came hauling into the finish line and saw the clock, I knew I had a PR. I wasn't sure how much of one exactly but I knew I had done it! I beat my Band on the Run time!
I really gave it the gas when I could see the finish so when I did cross, I was super winded and felt a little sick. I walked a little but by then, Megatron knew we had finished and was starting to whine about getting out. I had promised him he could get out when I finished running. Luckily they had set up a bounce house at the finish so I took him out of the stroller, shoved him inside the bounce house and tried to catch my breath and not puke. Funny thing about the bounce house was that there weren't any other kids inside and Megatron is too small to actually make it bounce. He's still a little too uncoordinated/weak to stand up to bounce but he likes to just sit down and let the bigger kids bounce him. So he just sat in the middle looking around, waiting for another kid to come in. Luckily one finally did so he was happy. I recovered and he surprisingly, came out of the bounce house without me threatening him like I usually do (home boy LOVES to bounce!). Probably because he knew that meant he could do to the playground next. The race was at a local park that has one of his favorite playgrounds. I promised we could play after the race and I was quickly regretting that promise. The wind was picking up and it was COLD. I was starting to freeze after getting sweaty during the race. After only 10 minutes, I was shivering so bad I had to haul Megatron away to the car. He was not very happy. Oh well, mama couldn't feel her hands!
|I doubt I've ever placed that high in my age group!!|