One more week to go until my favorite Thanksgiving/Holiday races! This was mostly just another week of fairly low mileage with a touch of speed thrown in — but I also did my first race with a stroller!
Patrick had hockey on Sunday morning so I really didn’t have a choice but to bring JB if I wanted to race. Plus, one of the items on my secret running bucket list is to win a race while pushing him and I figured this could be my chance!
Because it was pretty cold, we kept the warm up short, just 7 or 8 minutes. I lined up right at the starting line and zipped into the lead (female) position right from the gun. There were several turns, a couple short inclines and declines, and a curb hop (!) right away but I maintained my first place position through the mile marker in 6:31. JB had never gone that fast in the stroller and was cheering “go fat (fast) mommy!”
I probably went out too hard because I was already starting to struggle when the course started going through a series of turns. So hard to navigate with a stroller and I struggled to dig deep to accelerate out of each one. I was passed by several women and, although I decreased the gap on the straightaways, I never did catch up. Mile 2 in 7:27. Ouch!
The final mile — until the last 200m — was straighter but had a few inclines. It was the same route we’d taken in the first mile, but in reverse (which might explain the quicker first mile since I now realized it had been mostly downhill…). On the bright side, I glanced at my Garmin and realized that the course was probably going to be short of 5k. I was feeling so tired that I was very relieved to be spared an extra .10! Ha! Mile 3 was 7:33 for a 3-mile time of 21:31.
JB was still excited and even though I was spent, I had a good time, too! Next time I try a stroller race I’ll pick one with fewer turns, though.
And the weekly summary:
Monday: 6 miles on hilly trails taking advantage of an afternoon off work.
Wednesday: Doctor’s appointment in the morning complete with blood draw. Ran 4.6 miles average 6:49 pace during JB’s nap including 20 minute tempo averaging 6:10 pace and feeling controlled.
Thursday: 3.2 miles @ 8:02 including 4 strides.
Friday: 4 miles @ 8:13 with the stroller
Saturday: 3.5 @ 8:06 on the treadmill with a few surges at 6:00 pace and a couple at 5:49 pace.
Sunday: 3.8 miles, all with stroller including 3 mile race in 21:31.
total: 25.1 miles