Birthday Run ~ the big, very challenging run in honor of a birthday. Usually requires training to achieve, seems insane to most non-runners and is absolutely loved by runners.
At 10pm after a couple glasses of vino I agreed to do a local 10k race. What the hell, we had family visiting and therefor built in child care. No excuses! No reason to go on a long run when I could go race with my hubby.
For years, almost 8 to be exact, I’ve had pregnancy or a double jogger as my excuse or out for shorter races. I did a ton of 5k’s pushing the girls. The beauty of that is that there’s no bad race time while pushing 75-100 lbs. I even came very close to placing at times! Losing the jogger and that buffer was oddly unnerving. I didn’t want to suck. I had a few rough marathons and lost all confidence in my racing.
I didn’t have much of a strategy. A 10k is a pretty short race, so I just figured you need to comfortably push yourself. To eliminate all of my self-inflicted uneasiness, I decided that this race would be used as my new baseline. A time to work from.
The race started up a hill. This was actually great news for me. I’m happiest on hills. The crowd immediately started to thin and soon I settled in with a group of guys running my pace. I pulled away from them on the up-hills and they caught me coming down. We all stayed together for the first 4 miles and then it was me and one other guy. Having our own race within a race.
Ultimately the race ended with a lap around the track. I had it. Somehow stepping out from behind the stroller wasn’t that bad. I ran a strong race finishing in 43:53! I even placed 3rd woman overall and 16th overall finisher. Who knew!!! Happy birthday to me!