Good evening Readers, Bloggers, and fellow runners! It’s Friday Eve, and I hope you’re doing well.
As for me, I’ve been busy!
Let’s start with last Sunday, it was race day! And not only that it was the first race I’ve run with the little one in tow!
Let me tell you…I had some serious anxiety leading up to race day. I’ve mentioned it before, but running with the baby brings on a whole new level of prep, planning and running strategy.
Let’s start with packet pickup!
Brazen makes packet pickup super simple, so I usually wait till race morning to get my stuff. But since this race was on a Sunday, it meant that pre-race pick up was on a Saturday. I decided to head over to pick up early since it would mean one less thing to have to worry about the next day. Plus, I kind of wanted to get out of the house. The week prior to the race was filled with rainy days, and I was getting cabin fever! Next up: Race Morning! The night before…we didn’t sleep too well. I was up a few times with the baby which made for a long night. So when my alarm went off at 5am, i accidentally turned it off instead of hitting snooze. 😐
I woke up at 5:40 in a bit of a panic! I planned to leave for this race later than I normally would, because I didn’t want to sit around in the parking lot forever with the little one. But I didn’t want to leave so late that I’d being rushing to the start line. Thankfully, we got ready quickly enough that I was out the door by 645, which meant I was at the race venue by 8am.
My race didn’t start until 9:10, so I decided to head over to the race directors table so they could finally meet the newest Brazen Baby. They were so excited, and gave her a warm welcome the way only Brazen can! We watched the half start, and the 10k and I thought it was funny because the starts seemed to excite the baby. She giggled, and threw her hands in the air and waived to the runners as they passed by!
Soon enough we were waiting at the back of the line for the 5k start. And before I knew it, we were off! Hellyer tends to be a smaller brazen race it seems, and I think it’s mostly because it’s almost completely paved, and it’s a course that you have to loop several times if you do anything over the 5k distance. I enjoy it though, especially in March because it usually gets rained out, so running on pavement is a teeny bit easier than running in deep trail mud like other locations have. Thankfully this year, there was no rain on race day and the path was relatively dry with a few spots of puddles and some wet leaves.
I think one of the hardest parts during the run, was navigating the crowd. The path is narrow and hosted 2 way traffic, unfortunately people tended to walk in pairs making it difficult to pass without going into the other “lane of traffic” – so to speak. Which meant I was stuck behind slow walkers a lot of the time since I started so far in the back due to having the jogging stroller. I also had to be sure not to run into anyone, because many people would abruptly stop right in front of me – either to walk, or tie a shoe (I know, I know – I was shocked that they didn’t opt to move to the side either! Oh well…)
Hellyer has very small rolling hills. But, where I live and train now, has no hills. So those small rolling hills felt huge, especially when trying to push the stroller up them! It was quite shocking! I was convinced the baby gained 30 extra lbs on each hill.
My goal for the day, was honestly just to make it to the race. I didn’t even want to worry about setting a pace goal or anything. We made it, and my time of 42:21 wasn’t so bad – all things considered. Personally, I felt very tired both physically and mentally so I found that I really had to push myself, which I actually think is a good thing. Running teaches you to persevere!
It was another great Brazen Race!