Happy Tuesday!!! Anyone else out there experiencing some post Halloween blues? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Once it is over I kind of feel the pressure of Christmas leaning on me, you know? Anyway, I am glad to report I am candy hangover free. Luckily, the kiddos cleaned us OUT in just over an hour last night. I love seeing all of the cuties dressed up in their gear. I also have to say this year was extra special with our own little trash panda aka raccoon Aiden in the mix!
And speaking of Halloween- when I last left off I was VA Beach bound for the Anthem Wicked 10K. Luckily, the little travels like a champ so we made it the entire way with only one pit stop. Next stop would be the race expo! This was a local 10K so the expo wasn’t anything exciting BUT everyone was friendly and Aiden had a great time taking in all of the decorations.
We went out for a nice pre-race dinner and made it to bed EARLY. I am talking Aiden’s bedtime early. After a long week and a long drive we were beat. Of course, I made sure all of our gear and bibs were lined up for our early morning.
The 6:00 alarm came way too soon. The hubs even asked, “That was your 5:00am work alarm, right?” Um no, we slept right through that one. Ahem. We made some terrible hotel room coffee and got moving. The little woke up with the sniffles and it was extremely cold out so I made the executive decision to let the hubs head to the corrals on his own. The baby and I would bundle up, let the weather warm up some, and jump in the race about a quarter mile in. This would void my time but I was really just there for the workout and fun anyway (and spoiler alert I got that mileage back and then some walking back to our hotel after the race!!).
The extra couple of hours we had in the room REALLY helped. I was able to get the baby warm and all settled in his stroller for the run.
Since I didn’t want to be a jerk I waited until I started seeing a lot of strollers before I jumped in. We found a very slow jogging pace and stuck with that for the first mile.
At that point we switched over to run/walk intervals which work MUCH better for me. The baby got TONS of attention from other racers and I was really touched to receive so much encouragement. I also got a lot of comments on my leggings! LOTS of Lularoe lovers were running apparently.
The run/walk itself was beautiful, especially after turning onto the boardwalk for the final couple of miles. Who doesn’t love an ocean view on a run?
I slowed down quite a bit near the end BUT we finished. I can also add we finished smiling and happy (and sore).
This race reminded me how much work there is to be done before the Princess Half Marathon. I confessed this to the hubs who asked if I wanted to defer. I told him, “No, I want to kick ass”. So that is what I am planning to do.
Thanks VA Beach for a wicked fun adventure! Stick around this week for scenes from the weekend, goal digging, and a re-cap of this week’s half marathon training!
#MyWhy : Because I want to finish a race WITH the hubs.