I signed up for this 5K knowing that they had a lenient policy re: strollers, dogs, kiddos, headphones, you name it. It was a fun run/walk, and I knew that if I was going to "race" with Baby, this would be a great one. Not only were strollers allowed, it was a short, flat 3.1 mile course. Baby was obviously thrilled to be a part of this. Her half-mast peepers clearly indicate her joy ;) But to be fair, I did wake her up early and disrupted her leisurely morning routine. Since she's not one to complain, she simply rolled with it and even snuck in a mid-race nap.
Throughout the race, a number of spectators informed me that I was the "first stroller." They were impressed with my "speed" and congratulated me with roaring cheers and applause. As soon as I knew I was the first stroller, I decided that there must be a "stroller division" and I was going to win it. I pressed on and passed a number of people. With the finish right around the corner, I slowed to say hi to my folks and encouraged some kids who were running next to me.
|kickin' it to the finish|
When I crossed the line, it was time to celebrate. Baby completed her first race and there were friends and family to celebrate with. Here are my stats according to the garmin:
Mile 1: 9:03
Mile 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 8:52
point 1: 1:23
Official time: 28:04 (9:02 pace)
After the race we hung out visiting, nibbling on goodies, and half-listening to the awards presentation. I hardly expected to hear my name for the 30-34 age group winners, but there it was, being called for the third place finish! When I was sure it was my name they were calling, I grabbed Baby and went up to receive our award.
|with a very proud Grandma|