This past Saturday we did something a little different for Track practice and had the whole team run the Lakewood Community 5K and 10K. Normally for the distance team, Saturdays are our long runs, so they were all to run the 10K. The sprinters were going to run the 5K because even though they are sprinters, they still need a little endurance and do a few 30 minute runs throughout the season. We signed everyone up and had over 61 kids run! Maybe I’m wrong, but when we first told them, they were against the idea and complained a lot, but race morning they seemed much more excited and after the race a lot of them had a little boost of confidence. I also was going to run the 10K, and it was going to be my first race with the stroller. To be honest, I really don’t want to run too many races with the stroller, but this one was short and would be fun to run with her.
I laid out all my clothes prior to race morning. We were going to be wearing Lakewood T&F gear so people would know we were out there! I also have been loving the Sintra Bra from Fabletics… (post on some new fave bras coming soon) and paired everything up with some Zensah Compression socks, Saucony shorts and shoes.
A photo of the running coaches before the race!
Race morning came and we distributed their bibs and shirts and everyone was lining up to start. I got C all situated in her stroller and hoped she would be fine for the duration of the run without much fussing. I was a little worried because it was right during her nap time, but she doesn’t nap in the stroller. To be honest, she doesn’t really nap well anywhere besides her crib… which is awesome and also kind of a bummer sometimes. Anyways, we were off before I even realized what was happening. I started pretty far in the back because I didn’t know what to expect with the stroller and I felt like that was proper etiquette. I also didn’t want to start out way to fast like I did at the 10K I ran last month and pay for it towards the end. So starting with the stroller is something I need to figure out how to do better, because I didn’t start out fast but was really stuck behind a lot of walkers and slower runners. I couldn’t just weave in and out since it wasn’t just me and I had this huge thing in front of me and I didn’t want to clip people or give anyone a flat tire. It was different, interesting and something to work on in the future.
Mile 1 – 9:21
Mile 2 – 8:54
Mile 3 -9:06
Mile 4 – 9:22
Mile 5 – 9:13
Mile 6 – 9:06
.2 – 8:49
So I was stuck in a few spots the first mile, which I think slowed me down but in a good way as well because I didn’t take off super fast. Mile 2 I felt pretty good and mile 3 was more of the same. Mile 4 started to feel long. I think that’s always the tough mile in a 10K, because you think, well I’m a little over halfway, but there are still 2 more miles of this! Finally we got to mile 5 and I was feeling pretty good about only have a mile & .2 to go. My arms were getting tired but we were on a good pace. The balls of my feet were starting to hurt at mile 5 but it was just normal fatigue. Finally we started down the long straightaway back to the starting area and I knew I was almost done. I really started to push the pace that last mile, but as you can see I was still tired. It was a good race though and I’m glad I am running injury free and can now run pretty consistently with a stroller. There was only one time when C got a little upset and it was because her beanie was over her eyes. So I had to pull over and fix that so she was able to see and she was fine again.
The course was just along the streets of our city and SUPER flat, so that was nice and made it easy. There weren’t too many people out but it’s still fun to run in the middle of the street in your own city :) My music wasn’t great for this race and I kept having to switch my pandora station and skip songs which was kind of annoying so I wasn’t fully focused and couldn’t find the groove but overall, I felt WAY better than I did for the Run to Remember LA 10K that I ran without the stroller. This really motivates me and shows that I’m getting back into shape and soon will be back to where I was before baby.
Another thing that made it pretty cool was when I saw the overall time was in the mid 30s on my RunKeeper app I knew some of my athletes and our other coaches would be finishing. I kept thinking about them up ahead of me and hoped that they were doing well! When I finished, I heard how they all did and many of them did fantastic, placing in the overall race and in their age groups. I was thinking about it later and for the majority of them, I think they don’t run road races so it was a fun and different experience for them. I’m really glad we did it as a team. It was a fun morning and great being involved in the city that our high school is in and that B and I live in.