HA! See what I did there? I think this is the first time I use the name of the blog as the name of a post. Cheesy? Of course.
Well anyway, I finally signed up for some races for 2011. I have a cold right now so no running. Hopefully in a week, I will finally start running a mile or two here and there.
I know you are on the edge of your seat to see what races I’m planning to do:
May 7 – Cinco De Miler – registered
May 28 – Soldier Field 10 Mile – registered
August 14 – Chicago Rock N Roll Half Marathon – need to register on Feb. 28
October 15 – Pumpkins In the Park 5K – not open
October 29 – Carrera De Los Muertos 5K – not open
November 5 – Hot Chocolate 5K – registered
I feel like I need to add a few 5K here and there. But really, I need to start running. Hopefully once I feel better and the weather stays above freezing, I will start. Really. I promise.
Eric and I signed up to run the Run For The Zoo 2008 race for today. I decided that this was my last running race. I am 17 weeks along and even if my doctor says it is okay, I think it is better to stop now. I don’t want any problems later. If I decide to signed up for any more races, I will be doing the walks verses the runs.
Well, back to the race. It was a beautiful day at the lake front. It was probably in the low 70’s, sunny and a slight wind. We waited for the majority of the runners to go first because of the stoller. We did not want to run over anyone with that. Soon, Eric and Diego left my side. It was fine because I knew I was just going to home Eric back. I stopped twice: at the first and third water stations. I think stopping the second time added a couple of minutes to my time but I really need to rest and get some water in my system. After that, I just ran all the way to the finish line. I was so happy to see Eric and Diego waiting for me. We got some water, Gatorade, bagels and bananas. It was good to eat something.
Then we waited for Diego’s run. I had signed him up for the Gorilla Gallop. He did a few practice runs with Eric. Unfortunately, it was chaos when the run actually started. The had all the under 4 kids go first. Bad idea. I think they should have separated those kids as well. Under 2 and 3-4 should have been fine but no. Once that race started, there was a stampede. Kids fell, kids got scared, etc, etc. Then when they returned to the finish line, parents couldn’t find their children. It was just chaos. I couldn’t even take a picture of Diego because he just got lost in the sea of kids. But Eric found him and Diego got his medal. He was very happy and I guess that is what matters in the end.
So, I just looked up our times. My time was 40:48. Eric’s time was 36:42 which is really good considering he was pushing Diego on the stroller.
I guess, my racing season is over for now. Until next year.
Well, it’s over. Not sure of the official time but I am guessing 33:35. Anything under 35 minutes in good in my book. Okay, so I survived this. Now lets get my booty back in running shape. 🙂
UPDATE: The official time: 32:38
Yippeeeee!! It is only a minute slower than my last 5K back in Sept. 07. I am doing my dance of joy. 🙂
We had a fun run at Lincoln Park on Saturday. It was the Pumpkins In The Park 5K. Anyone could dress up if they wanted to. I wore my Mickey Sorcerer ears that I got 7 years ago. Diego got to wear his giraffe costume. We had a hard time keeping it on him since it is very warm and fussy. Eric came as a runner. =) We barely arrived in time for the Kids Spooky Sprints.
I lined Diego up with the other 2 year olds. I was telling he needed to run towards Papa. Eric was at the finish line by then and waved to make sure he got Diego’s attention. Diego knew where he was. So they blew the air horn and Diego took off. He easily won his sprint. He looked really adorable running. Check out the video of Diego’s Sprint. The problem was the once he got to the finish line, he did not run towards Papa like we hoped, he just kept going. I was running right behind him. Fortunately, another parent saw what was happening, he was able to reach out and stop him. What a kid!
All the little kids got a medal which is really cute. It is the logo of the race. Of course he wore it proudly for about 5 minutes and then wanted to remove his costume.
So then the adults got ready for the 5K. I had the honor of pushing Diego in the stroller. There was a lot of runners and it was a small path were we had to start. Once the air horn blew, we waited a bit so we can get in the line. It was a great run. It was overcast and in the low 60’s. There were a couple of bottlenecks but we survived. Eric ran his race in 32:20 and I ran in 34:26, which was really slow but I was pushing a jogging stroller. =)
Afterward, we got some water, Gatorade, bananas, apples and cheese pizza. We had some free beer coupons. Eric happily went to get the beer. We stuck around for a bit. There were lots of families with their young kids like us. We are definitely going to participate again next year. It was such a great party.
Diego and his Papa
Diego and his Mama