Friday, June 29, 2018

Short Run on a Long Day 5k - First stroller 5k

Happy Friday! Going to be a hot weekend in Chicago (mid-90's) and looking ahead, next week will be close to the same. I don't mind personally but it's too hot to push the baby in the stroller in that weather.

Last week, I participated in the Short Run Long Day 5k for the 6th year in a row. I love this race for a few reasons. It's in the town I live in and is only a hop-skip-jump away! I can find parking right near the start. My run group FNRC is a HUGE presence at this run. Which basically means...lots of my friends are there! Every where I looked from the minute I got out of the car, I saw gold FNRC. Even the volunteers! It was so fun!

Frankfort/New Lenox Running Club
(Timmy and I are front right - not in stroller)
When I signed up for the run, which is on a Wednesday evening, I forgot my husband was going to be out of town for work. I had planned to bring Timmy anyway but thought I'd have my husband for "help" with the baby if I needed it. Oh well...I was going to try it anyway. He loves the stroller but never ran 3 miles with it before.

Actually long story short, we ran it, we finished, he fussed a little in the third mile but nothing a little "Elvis" couldn't handle.  My friends seemed to all love him and I enjoy bringing him out every once in a while so everyone can see him. He really is a cutie!
Friends (Jill, Julie & Melanie)
I ran 3:1 intervals with a couple friends. I had very low expectations going into this race with the jogging stroller. I only ran with it twice and only up to 2 miles. And it was HARD! But, it seemed easier running with my friends, we kept a pretty decent pace (for me with the stroller), and we stayed with our intervals the whole time. I was pretty tired by the end but very happy with the run itself.

Almost finished!

"Mommy, why are you so sweaty?"
All in all, it was a successful run. I'm much slower than I was prior to having the baby but I'm actually working my way back up a bit and noticing some progress. 

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