|Ufff.... I should probably consider a hat the next time it's rainy and 100% humidity ;)|
This isn't going to be one of those fancy mile-by-mile/how I was feeling race reports because that really wasn't what I was focusing on with this race. Chaney ran this one with me so I was more in "mom mode" than competitive-want-to-run-fast mode which is good place to be for me.
Mile 1 - 10:02 pace. Not too bad. And then Chaney needed to walk...
Mile 2 - 14:35 pace. It was raining by this point and it was getting colder. I tried explaining to Chaney that the more we ran, the faster we would be done. Her response, "I like running in the rain!". And then she started skipping.
Mile 3 - 16:55 pace. By this point Chaney was noticing and commenting on people's shoes. I knew we were offcially done at this point LOL!
.10 - I don't know... at this point I was holding Chaney's handing trying to encourage her to keep going while not looking like a crazy mother dragging her kid along the path. I think I succeded.
According to Chaney, a 5K is a lot further than she thought. ;)
I learned how to slow down and enjoy the experience of my daughter's first race. Time didn't matter; what mattered was helping her to have enough fun so that she would want to keep running. I think we succeed there because yesterday she was asking about The Color Run and when we could do that race. Success!!
Running in the rain gave me a horrible blister on the ball of my left foot that runs along the scar from my foot surgery. I got some great advice on treating blisters and it feels 100% better today.
But because of that blister I started running funny and now I have plantar fasciitis flaring up in my right foot. Yay.
Today is a rest day for me so other than some aggressive stretching, I'm taking it very easy.
I felt great and I know I could have run the entire race with no issues which really helps my confidence and I move closer to my goal of a 10K.
Chaney fell a little more in love with running and is already looking out for our next race.
And the best part... we spent quality time together, we shared a fun experience of doing something healthy, and we learned not to quit and how good it feels to finish.
I'll take those accomplishments over a PR almost any day!