Thursday, November 26, 2009

Race Report: Turkey Dash 5K

I know, I's been since May around here that I've had a race report! This one was definitely a different kind of race, fo' sho'. It was kinda funny to get ready for a race knowing it would be your slowest ever. I did do a 5K when I was about 18 weeks pregnant last time around and it was slow, but I was pretty confident that this one would include many walk breaks, so I'd be lucky to finish in 45 minutes or so.

Went to the doc's yesterday for my appointment, and there was good news. All is well with baby, and so far I'm not measuring particularly big for 28 weeks. This is very good, as from what I hear and what doc says, second babies tend to be bigger. And given that Bug would have been over 10 pounds had I gone to my due date, this is troublesome.

(And by that I mean that this kid MIGHT BE ABLE TO DRIVE ME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL kind of troublesome.)

I'm once again hoping to avoid a C-section if possible, and a baby of a bit less-gargantuan size (but just as healthy, please!) would help me out there. Doc's ordered an ultrasound on December 18th and one again when I'm 37-38 weeks to "see what we're working with." Then, we can make some decisions from there, regarding inductions (boo--now I know what that means, and it's no fun) and C-sections (which I hope to avoid like the plague. Or at the very least the swine flu).

So I was happy to hear all was well and that so far baby isn't a sasquatch. But I am pretty big, and I knew this would still be a slow race.

All picture credits to TriSaraDad!

Karen Nakon lost her battle with breast cancer on her 38th birthday. She wanted to start a foundation to raise money to help support families that are going through breast cancer, since the Komen foundation does such a great job at research. And that's how her foundation began. Karen was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with her 3rd child, Madison. My mom taught Madison in pre-school while Karen was fighting the disease. From what my Mom says, Karen was just the kindest, most caring parent around and a wonderful person. It's always our favorite race to do every year in her memory, and we are so happy to see how this race has grown over the past few years! With my cousin Judy being a breast cancer survivor, it is especially meaningful for me to give to such a wonderful cause.

Got all decked out in my black yoga pants, one of Matt's long-sleeve tech tees, and of course my favorite pregnant running shirt, and got ready to start with TriSaraMom.

Caption on my shirt reads, "Does this baby make me look fat?"

My BIGGEST fear this race? That I would have to pee within 8 minutes of starting and be forced to grovel, beg, and plead to some random homeowners to use their bathrooms. Or bushes. Or whatever I could find. Lately my runs have been up to the library, peeing, and then back home. So I wasn't sure if Baby would let me actually go for 3.1 miles without making me pee my pantalones. Sometimes when I run it's fine, but other times, Baby decides to use my bladder as a trampoline. I crossed my fingers and headed to the start...after 3 potty breaks in the 20 minutes leading up to the race.

TriSaraMom pins my number on The Bump while I'm waiting for my 2nd potty break BEFORE the race

I got to see a few buddies at the start, including my friend Peter, and my awesome running/tri buddies TriEric and his wife, Aimee, with our running friend DS Racer. TriEric suggested I should change my shirt to say, "Does this baby make me look FAST?" Too funny! And DS Racer said, "You really should stick to Bud LIGHT." Made me laugh!

DS Racer telling me to stick to Bud Light! Buddy, I wish I could have a nice cold ANYTHING right now...!

TriEric, Me and The Bump, DS Racer, and Aimee before the start

It was a nice 45-50 degrees or so which was PERFECT for me as I tend to overheat anyway. I settled into a little shuffle pace and my Mom was nice enough to run with me despite my protests. I didn't want to hold her back!

My iPod made me laugh several times (yes, I wore an iPod for a 5K...I was afraid it would be a long, lonely run, okay?) by playing SexyBack by Justin Timberlake and Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer. First of all, I am most definitely NOT bringing sexy back right now. So that made me actually laugh out loud. Second of all, if "I'm bigger than my body gives me credit for," than I am THE SIZE OF GREENLAND.

That's me on the far left. As if you couldn't tell which one of these runners was not like the other ones....

I kept waiting to either pee my pants or have to walk, but neither one seemed to be happening! Score! My pace must have been just about right.

We got to the two mile marker and the volunteer said, "25:40." And that also made me laugh, because of every 5K I've ever run in my life, be it at the end of a sprint tri or a standalone race, that was slower than ALL BUT TWO. My first 5K ever, when I was a chubby and very much out of shape senior in college, and the one I ran 18 weeks preggers with Bug. Hee hee! I was gonna do this up in slow style, alright. Instead of trying to pick off runners in front of me or glancing at everyone's calves to see what age group they're in, I found myself trying to pick off panting golden retrievers or people pushing jogging strollers with multiple children in them. Hey, whatever works, right?

But the funny thing is that there were plenty of people around me. I thought I might literally be last, but that was so far from the truth. Lots of people were running with their kids, run/walking, or just running slow like me. So my fears of being alone never came true, which was nice. We were all out there, supporting a great cause, and enjoying the sunny Thanksgiving morning.

I thought of how many people sacrifice this Thanksgiving, like all our men and women serving overseas. I thought of people who didn't have their health to even be able to walk a 5K, let alone run one 28 weeks pregnant. And I thought of my mother-in-law, who will be starting chemotherapy next week to battle Stage 4 cancer. All of that made every single step seem easy.

TriSaraMom and I running to the finish line...I was so excited that I didn't have to walk at all! Victory!

Before I knew it, we were at the end! The clock said somewhere around 39ish minutes. I was very happy with that! A far cry from my PR of 23:33, but as far as I know, I was First Overall Female in the 28 week-pregnant division.

I patted my belly and gave my Mom a high-five. We all did it!

And for once, at the end of a 5K, neither one of us felt like puking. Bonus!

Thanks, Baby, for letting mama have a great race! You will be rewarded with massive amounts of carbs and pumpkin pie today. Feel free to kick away. You've earned it.


JenC said...

Very cool! You look great!!

Mama Simmons said...

Great!! That's cool you could do it without peeing. That's something I'm NOT looking forward to... the constant need to pee while running. UGH. 12 more weeks! Lucky you. ;)

KimZepp said...

Sounds like a GREAT 5k. :-)

Alili said...

Hurray! You look fantastic. The 5k that I 'ran' at 20 weeks all I could think about was not wetting my skirt. :)

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

awesome!! Congrats on the race, to you and the baby1

The Salty One said...

I think you look fantastic!

Second births are usually MUCH easier than the first. Don't worry too much about a big baby. My aunt's first was over 10 lbs and she had a difficult delivery and then her subsequent two were in the high nine's and then low ten's respectively and she said their births were cake. And my best friend is my superhero giving birth to her second, a 10lb 8oz boy, AT HOME! Whoa!

And you beat your record for running last pregnancy! Go you!

Eric said...

It was great seeing you Thursday. You are looking great.

Mnowac said...

Nice job! Glad the baby left your bladder alone. Don't fret too much about the size of the baby. I let the docs freak me out b/c they kept saying I was measuring small and that Harper was only in the 10th percentile, etc. I had 2 late 3rd tri ultrasounds and long story short she came out just shy of 7 lbs when they were convinced she'd be lucky to be 6 lbs. And Salty had the same thing happen as you, they told her Nate was going to be over 10 lbs and he wasn't.

Emily Cocks said...

Nice Race Sara! My husband liked my soups this weekend and might be changing his tune on the "soup is not a meal" thing. They were very hearty! Have a good day.