This is a few weeks overdue, but I wanted to give a quick recap of my most recent race. You may remember from several of my pregnancy updates, that I had originally signed up for a half marathon in October. Of course, that was prior to finding out we were expecting another baby, so the last couple months leading up to it, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do the 13.1. In fact, the last 4 weeks prior, I had some major doubts because only 3/4 weeks was I able to complete my full 10 mile long run for the week. The week prior to the race, I WAS able to complete my 10 miler, but I was so tired at the end, and my back was sore, that I didn’t think I’d enjoy getting up super early to stand around in the cold and suffer through a 13.1 mile race when I could just as easily sleep longer, drive to the race in daylight, NOT freeze, and run a shorter race that I knew I would be able to do without discomfort. SO, I decided to drop down to the 10k. I know now that I could have totally done the 13.1, but I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much given my current state of pregnancy. I did, however, enjoy the 10k very much!
The race was on Antelope Island, which is an island in the Great Salt Lake known for having bison roaming (and a couple antelope, but not many). I was really excited about this race because of the opportunity of getting to see some bison!
I arrived at the race site about 45 minutes prior to the race start so that I could get my bib and warm up. I still wanted to do 10 miles for the day, so I did a 3 mile warm up and after the race, a 1 mile cool down. It was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed my warm up very much!
I went over to the start line feeling good, and confident that I would be able to complete this race feeling strong. The race started off with a 1 mile up hill, which I was fine with because right now, I’d much rather go up than down! It was slow going, but I felt fine. After that, the course was very gentle rolling hills with a mix of up/down. I saw a small herd of bison off in the distance at about the 1 mile mark as well! It was a small race (only 80 participants), so there wasn’t a whole lot for company, but it was still fun to run on the island and enjoy some different scenery.
I hit the turn around feeling really good, so I decided to kick it up a notch. I progressively increased my pace for the remainder of the race. Then, with about a half mile to go, I saw a lady running in front of me and she looked more tired than I. My competitive spirit kicked in, and I ran faster, trying to catch up to her. Just as I was getting close, we came to the top of the last hill, and I let gravity help power me and my pregnant belly down the hill into a “sprint” as we passed her. I came through that finish line feeling just as strong as if I wasn’t running with a 25 week pregnant belly! My time was 57:39 which is a horrible time for me, BUT a good time for being as pregnant as I was, so I was pleased.
I did my 1 mile cool down to get my 10 miles in for the day, and then I headed home for a relaxing afternoon.