Twilight Recap and Running Buddies

This is slightly delayed (as are most of my posts), but I guess I should go ahead give the race recap for last weekend’s Twilight 4 miler. I know you’ve been dying to hear about it 🙂

after the race, hanging out with friends in the beer garden

after the race, hanging out with friends in the beer garden

It was part of Potomac River Running’s Race Series, so I knew it would be a good, local run with lots of families. The race was advertised as a family event, so there were a lot of things for kiddos like a moon bounce (ok, kids and grown men), face painting, animal balloons, a one mile fun run, etc. I didn’t let my kid partake in any of it – not because I’m mean, but because he’s still too little. I mean, he would have LOVED both the moon bounce and the animal balloons, but I fear that both would have been hazardous to his health. And for the grown-ups there was a beer garden and pizza. This is how we got our friends to come.

It was a night of firsts for me. For starters, this was my first evening race. I’ve seen 7AM many times, but this was my first PM. It was also my first time racing a 4 miler (if you recall, I walked a 4 miler with my mom on Mother’s Day). I’ve run 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, 15ks, 10 milers, half marathons and a full marathon…and now I can add the 4 to my PR list 🙂 And finally, this was my first time racing with Graham! We’ve done plenty of stroller runs and family runs, but there was something a little extra special about having my two guys with me at the start line. I love running and I love racing…and what’s better than sharing these things that I love with the ones that I love?!

family racing

family racing

The first couple of miles Steve and I took turns pushing the stroller, but then I took over the second half. I really love running with Graham. I haven’t always enjoyed it – you know, the whole pushing a kid while trying to run, which is already painful challenging fun rewarding challenging…not what most people call fun. But now that he’s trying to talk I love listening to him during my run. It usually sounds something like, “mama mama mama MAHHMAHHH!” My interpretation, “Wow, mommy, you’re fast! Go, mommy, go!” 🙂

how Graham wishes he could race

how Graham wishes he could race

or maybe like this?

or maybe like this?

but really he's in the BOB.

but really he’s in the BOB.

His babbling was just the encouragement I needed on Saturday! I had forgotten my watch, so I couldn’t constantly look at my pace and distance (which is nice for casual runs, but not for race day). I was able to set my Nike+ on my phone, so while I couldn’t look at it constantly to see my pace, the kind Nike lady in my phone gave me updates with each mile.

Mile 1: 8:04
Mile 2: 7:50
Mile 3: 8:04
Mile 4: 8:59 (mostly uphill)
plus an extra .14 Mile: 0:46 (because apparently I’m terrible at running tangents).

This was the second race that Steve and I have done together and he says I’ve become a much more “agressive” runner. I’m not sure what that means, but I think he meant it as a compliment.

maybe this is why? ;)

maybe this is why? 😉

Steve also swears that I placed 2nd in the “stroller division” (MIL, this is not a real thing – I did not place). Of course, the woman who came in 1st in the make-believe stroller division was Dorothy Beal and she was pushing not one, not two, but THREE kids in her stroller! She’s kind of my hero and I want to be her when I grow up. Trying to keep up with her (and failing miserable) was pretty exciting! Another exciting thing that happened was that I saw Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes! She was volunteering at the water station. When I passed through the first time I was thinking she looks familiar, then it dawned on me – I read her blog! So when I passed through the second time, I was all like, “Oh my gosh, I read your blog!!” Except it probably came out like, huff puff “I” huff puff “read” huff puff “your” huff puff “blog”. Stalker much?? Kidding…I’m not a stalker…promise.

Summary: Fun race with the family. I saw two bloggers whom I stalk follow. I ran almost at my goal pace (that last mile killed me). And I ended the evening with friends in the beer garden. Doesn’t get much better 🙂

I think I mentioned this in my last post, but I recently (like, last week) joined a running club! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a lonnnng time, and I’m so glad to have finally found one! It’s a great group and I’ve now done about 6 runs with them. The first run was a pub run, which clearly I wanted to be a part of! Then they got me coming back with the promise of cupcakes the following week! Unfortunately, that cupcake run took place in the pouring rain.

apparently I'll do anything for a cupcake

apparently I’ll do anything for a cupcake – rachel and I are drenched in this pic!

With a couple big races coming up in the fall, I want to do my best to stay strong and healthy and injury-free! My plan: run more, cross-train more, and strengthen my core. Have you ever done core with a toddler?

Graham crunches

Graham crunches

side plank & story time

side plank & story time (in package: steve’s father’s day present – shhhh)

With Steve getting ready to head overseas in a couple of days, I have a feeling I’m going to have a lot more stroller runs and Graham&Mommy core workouts 🙂 It’s a good thing he’s a cute kid.

Now, off to enjoy the weekend with said cute kid and my cute baby-daddy 🙂 ….and our cute dog.