I’m alive! Our month has been extremely busy and I feel like we’re finally getting into the “swing” of our new schedule. I’m making the best of a “not so ideal” situation because it looks like it will be this way for awhile.
On Saturday I ran my first official 5k of the year. I signed up for the Rock N Sole run a while ago, while running was still feeling completely normal to me. I figured if race day approached and running didn’t feel great, I could at least manage to walk that distance.
I was a little nervous going into Saturday’s run because the last time I ran (June 3rd) it felt awful and I had to stop and walk about a mile into it. I tried switching to timed intervals of 2 minutes running one minute walking, but the baby wasn’t having it. The little one must’ve been positioned just so that running just didn’t feel good. So, we stopped to walk and my sciatic started bothering me.
I had no expectations with how this run was going to go. I figured I was going to have to stop and walk part of it but, much to my surprise, I finished it with no walking breaks in 31:46. Definitely not my fastest, but also not my slowest either. I’ll take it for being 4 1/2 months pregnant.
The Rock n Sole run offers 3 distances: 5k, quarter marathon, and a half marathon. I’ve now run all three distances and the half marathon
race was probably my favorite. The 5k comes in close second. The quarter marathon
was just a tease distance for me.
The 5k course started at the south entrance of Summerfest and ran along the Summerfest grounds and the lakefront path. The 5k almost feels like a separate race from the quarter and half marathon since the start location is in a difference area. I parked a good distance away from the start and had to walk a few blocks through the area of where the start was for the longer races, and the energy was much more different. When I got to the 5k start, it was a bit more chill and felt a little isolated-kind of out in the middle of a giant parking lot. I loved the course, even though we didn’t get to run over The Bridge, but it got a little crowded when we got back on the running path near the art museum. It was a giant 3.2 mile loop and we ended where we started. Overall, it was a great run and the rainy, misty weather felt great once we got going. Had it been hot and sunny, I don’t think I would’ve made it without stopping. I had my handheld water bottle with me too (a running staple these days) and I think that helped. The positioning of the baby has a lot to do with how I’m feeling. When we first started running the baby was pressed up against my bladder so that every time I stepped, I felt like I had to pee. About 5 minutes in, the little one must’ve shifted because I felt good the rest of the race.
I was feeling so great after running my 5k, that I decided to take a 9am barre class after. I’m participating in a summer “Get Hot” challenge and completing 18 or more classes in 21 days. So far, I’ve completed 15 classes and I have until Sunday to get in the other 3. I’m trying to complete the challenge by Friday. Fingers crossed!
Anyone complete any races lately where they did surprisingly well? The last 5k I ran was the Bacon Race last summer and I ended up setting a PR without even trying/training!
Race Day Outfit
2. For Two Fitness Tank
-Running for Two. I love this tank. It fits perfectly and stays put. Too bad I had to keep a sweatshirt on the whole time because it was so cold out!
3. Flip Belt
. Held my phone and important things like free Noodles coupons. I used this belt during the Chicago marathon and won’t ever go back. And it’s definitely not riding up these days over the belly so it stays put on my hips.
4. BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel
from Target. The best maternity workout pants I have yet to find for a great price. While my leggings and yoga pants do fit, they all cut right into my waist giving the illusion that I am wearing pants that are too small for me. Not making me look pregnant, but just large. I like these pants because you can either have the band for under the belly or right over the belly. I will be purchasing more of these pants this weekend.