At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to run five races in 2014. I didn’t care the distance, just that I ran five in total. In 2013, I ran three, including my half-marathon. I’m glad to say the weather has finally become nice enough to start my racing season and I have finally completed my first race of the year!
I ran the Lilac Festival 5K on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 with my husband, Jerry, and our friend, Denise, who we actually met on MyFitnessPal and lives nearby. It was the first race all three of us have done together and we had a lot of fun!
This was my first race of the year and was actually my first official 5K race! I’ve run longer races and shorter races, but never an official 5K; I enjoyed this distance a lot. It was just long enough to get a good workout in, but not long enough to exhaust this newly pregnant girl.
Jerry and I woke up bright and early to head to my parent’s house. They have come to all of my races to cheer me/us on, and take photos. I love having their support; it’s awesome running a race knowing someone is waiting to see you cross the finish line and cheer you on.
The race started at 8 AM on a beautiful sunny day. The air had just the right amount of chill to keep us feeling comfortable throughout the whole race which took place at one of our yearly local festivals, aptly named the Lilac Festival. We ran past some of the gorgeous lilacs in bloom, and even ran by my best friend’s apartment complex. We didn’t know this beforehand, so I told her that next year, I fully expect to see her on the sidewalk with a sign.
We ran a really slow and steady pace, about a 14:30 minute mile which is much slower than my usual but felt really good and comfortable, as I’m usually around an 11 minute mile on a good day. However, we slowed it down, enjoyed the scenery, and were able to comfortably hold a conversation, which I normally can’t do when running a race. We ran the whole time (though Jerry had to stop a few times to walk – he drank the night before at our housewarming party… oops), and stopped only a couple of times to grab some water at the aid stations. I was delighted to see a few dogs on our run, and was encouraged by all the volunteers and spectators with all of their encouraging words. The three of us finished with a time of 45:25.
After the race, we posed for some pictures for my dad, then Jerry and I headed to breakfast with my parents.
All in all, it was a great race. I felt awesome even though I’m pregnant, and had a really good time running with two awesome people. I will definitely do this race again next year, and I will certainly keep in mind how good it felt to run at a slower pace. It’s really not all about the speed – it’s about the journey!