Mother's Day with a Win

As a runner what else would a mom want to do on Mother's Day but run?! To make it even better that race stared at 9:15 (Kid's run at 9am) and was close to home meaning I actually got to sleep in for once. Thanks to the later start I got up, ate breakfast, relaxed and drank coffee before getting ready. Before leaving I grabbed my latest concoction: UCAN Blondie (a cookie dough like mix of chickpeas, UCAN Cinnamon, UCAN Vanilla and Almond Butter).

We got there early, grabbed our swag and shirts and relaxed until race start. The Kid's 1K headed out first. O lined up near the front with a big smile. The race was open to 10 and under so she was one of the younger kids but stayed right with the older ones!
Go O!
I grabbed a picture of O running by and did my own little warm up while I waited for her to finish and my race to start. A little disorganized as they gathered the 5K. I tried to get my spot near the front as I looked around and saw younger kids, strollers and plenty of racers with their bibs pinned to the cotton race shirts on the start line. I found a spot behind a few people and next to a woman with a stroller and black shirt guy (who ended up winning). And we were off...

I know this course way too well, all the hills and when they will be coming! And I mean hills and lots of hills! The first 1/2 mile or so is flat so I pushed, chasing black shirt guy. Soon it was just him and I running. Mile 1: 6:35 oops! Can I keep this up? I know the hills are getting worse...

Soon I lost black shirt guy around some curves, We hit the turn around, now I could see how far my competition was behind! The first woman I passed on the way back was a good minute or more behind and young (later found out she was 13)! It was kind of fun running on out and back, lots of cheers as I passed. I was slowing, my hamstring was sore. I had no one ahead in site and no one near behind. Mentally I lost my fight...
That is black shirt guy!
And done! 1st woman and 2nd place behind black shirt guy. 21:15 finish (6:52 pace)! So excited and a great prize pack! Now I have more to strive for. I need to get under 21 min (which I know I can do) and would even love to get a sub 20!

O and I with our awards!
After the race I ran the 2.5 miles home. We finished the day with a family bike ride and time at the park. Then Matt cooked dinner: Apple rosemary tempeh (pork chops for the non-veg), asparagus and potatoes. Cupcakes for dessert.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Anyone else race? How did you spend Mother's Day?


  1. I did ashtanga yoga with my mom first thing in the morning then we had lunch at her favorite French cafe. Then we relaxed the rest of the day and watched movies. Laid back day! I would love to do a fun run with her!

  2. Congrats on your win!! I have a 5k Thursday night. I was chasing a sub-20 all last summer and know I'm not there for this race, but hoping with some 5k specific training I might hit it later this summer... we'll see. It's deceptively tough!!

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