I did it! On Labor Day I ran a 5k. I've never been much of a runner but this summer I've been going 3 days a week with the kids. I throw them in the Bob (our wonderful double jogging stroller, and one of my most prized posessions) and we make our 3 mile loop around the lake. If I'm feeling really tough we even make it around the second lake, adding another mile to our roundtrip total. I'm actually starting to enjoy it! At least, when the kids aren't fighting in the stroller and driving me nuts! That's when I turn up the i-pod and ignore them...although I do feel sorry for anyone within a one mile radius who can hear my kids screaming! This was my first race and my best buddy Jen did it with me. We turned out to be great running partners! Our goal was to make it in under 30 minutes. We kept a nice steady pace (even on the uphill sections!) and crossed the finish line at 28min 30 sec! Hurray for us! We got a nice surprise along the way too...Just after the second mile marker we spotted Jen's husband DJ, Paul, and the kids cheering us on. We were pretty tired at that point but seeing them gave us a little adrenaline rush, enough to keep us going. However, things did not go so well for Paul and the kids after we passed. The kids broke down, both crying for their mommy and Noah fell down and scraped his knee. Jen and I were waiting for them at the finish line and I could hear them before I could see them. Noah was sitting in the stroller sobbing about his bloddy knee and Paul was carrying Alex, who was also crying, while pushing the double stroller. Paul says next time they'll just see me at the finish line.
Jen and I had a lot of fun running together but we're obviously not in that great of shape because we were to out of breath to carry on a conversation. Our conversation over that 28min 30 sec run went like this:
"You doing ok?"
"How's the pace?"
We're doing good"
"Keep it up"
"One more mile"
And that's it...Thanks for keeping me going Jen! Next step...10K!