Tuesday, October 4, 2011

No, that’s not a pumpkin under my shirt

Is it looking like fall where you guys are? Because it’s not here (and I love it!) The weather’s been in the upper 70s and low 80s and it’s just perfect if you ask me. So was the case on Saturday when I ran the Great Pumpkin Race 10k at Venetucci Farm down in the south part of town. It’s a decently sized race (about 600 runners) but most of them run the 5k. And I kind of wished I had, too, because it was a tough course and my body is worn out!

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It’s a beautiful course in terms of scenery…pumpkin patches, hay fields, some ponds…..but the trail itself is rough with lots of ruts, holes and tree roots. I rolled my ankle twice in a snake (or gopher?) hole. Fortunately I caught myself both times, but I did pass a runner who wasn’t so lucky and sprained his ankle. Ouch!

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The kiddo and I started the race promptly at 8:30. First mile or two was easy. By the split for the 5k/10k at mile 2, I was really wishing I’d signed up for the 5k. It wasn’t tough by any means, but my heart was just really longing to only run 3 miles. Not this 6 mile crap. Ha!

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I did OK, though. They warned us that it’s a slow course and it was… I was about a minute slower/mile than my usual time. Lots of sand and things to watch out for, including a crowded course for the first 2 miles until we split from the 5k runners.


The kiddo and I finished in 1:13 – definitely not my best time, but not my worst either. And I got a lot of encouragement from fellow runners which is always appreciated! I am coming up on 30 weeks next Monday and my initial goal was to make it to 30 weeks… well, I’m still feeling really good (maybe not 6 miles good, but definitely 3 miles good) so the plan for now is to keep going. I’ve got my eye on three more 5ks for the rest of the year/season, with my last one on Thanksgiving morning when I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant. Mmmm, turkey……


Karen@WaistingTime said...

30 weeks already! Did that seem to fly by to you too? Love the shirt you wore.

fancy nancy said...

Wow time flies!! You look amazing!!! Seriously you are cruising along!!! Great job!!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

holy cow...30 weeks? you look amazing! and I am in awe that you are continuing to run...go you!

beerab said...

Wow girl you barely look 20 weeks pregnant- I can't believe you are at 30! Your tummy is cute :D

WTG on the race- glad you didn't fall and hurt yourself in those holes!

laura705 said...

I don't know why my comment didn't post last week, but I think you're doing great and looking great! You're getting Kate off to a great start. Also wanted to ask if you'd heard about the woman in the Chicago Marathon who ran and walked the entire thing, ate a meal and then gave birth to her baby (9 days early). Wow.

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