|Baby Reese's first race, the LVRR Summer Series 5k|
"I'm letting Baby Reese lead the way and focusing on training for child birth. Racing can wait until after this baby is born healthy and happy. So tonight's race will be just a fun run for me and I'm really looking forward to it. My goal is to finish feeling good and I'm looking forward to seeing what my body can handle."
Unfortunately, once I got out there, the competitive Erica teamed up with my ego and took over. I started off the race at the very back of the pack on purpose, aiming to take it easy and slow. But it felt too slow so I sped up. Then I sped up some more, I glanced down at my Garmin, and saw my pace creeping down towards a 10:30 pace, then a 10:22 pace. When I first started running, these would've been my race paces but in more recent years, an 8:30-8:45 would be my 5k racing pace. So I told myself, cool, I was taking it "easy" and I could keep that up. I then decided my new goal would be to continue at that pace as long as possible, slowing down for some relief when necessary, but not taking any walk breaks. Not cool Erica, not cool. I haven't been able to run 3 straight miles without walk breaks since finding out I was pregnant so why on earth did I decide to do so now? Also, my pregnancy pace has been more like 10:30-11:00 minute miles + walk breaks. What on earth was I thinking? I obviously wasn't... or I just wasn't thinking the way a mom should and I'm upset with myself. I'm even embarrassed writing this post but maybe a lesson can be learned.
I completed the race in 32 minutes and change, significantly faster than I had planned. This would make me happy during any other race but not last night. When Robert found me with just over a quarter mile to go and joined me for the end of the race, I saw the look of concern on his face. I was breathing way too heavy. I was sweating buckets and my face was bright red. He told me not to talk, to breathe, to take it easy, not to push myself. I told him I was fine and I pushed to finish. When I crossed the finish line I was running 8:46. He disappeared to grab me a bottle of water and when he found me, I was still huffing and puffing, trying to catch my breath.
I thought I was fine and I was even proud of myself for pushing, not comprehending what I had done. But hours later, after showering and changing in my pjs, my wake up call came. I was nauseous and my head was pounding hard. I was painfully dehydrated. I had done everything I promised myself I wouldn't do and I put my baby in danger. I was so distraught all night and to be honest, I still am.
At the end of last night's race, Robert said that given how I was acting, he wanted me to rethink running the Mini 10k, or at least to revisit how I was going to handle it. I have to agree. I now have to decide if I'm going to run the 10k or not. And if I am, how I'm going to do it without letting my ego take over, making Baby Reese my number one priority. I need to run it like a mom. I'm going to think about it for a few days and then make my decision. No matter what I decide, I will be sure to keep Baby Reese top of mind 100% and I will stick with it.
On a more positive note, it was really nice to finish the race as a family. Myself, Robert and this little baby inside me heading together towards the finish line. I keep remembering that and smiling. Baby Reese's first race! The kid is a natural but his/her mom has a bunch of work to do.
And now the reason why you probably opened this blog post in the first place: the winner of the National Running Day giveaway! As promised, I combined all of the entries from blog comments, twitter and instagram, and randomly (without looking at the names) picked a winner. Drum roll please..... the winner is:
Tanya Grant: "I ran a 5K to celebrate as well, and had my fastest time to date!"
Congrats on winning the bracelet on on your 5k PR Tanya! Please contact me at email@example.com with your shipping information so I can send you your bracelet right away.
Tomorrow morning, I'm heading to Boston to volunteer at the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill weekend and I'm stoked! I'll be working the kids races Friday night, volunteering at the expo Saturday morning from 8 am- 12:30pm and then working at the finish line at Sunday's Half. If you'll be there, please let me know! I'm excited to see old friends, meet new ones, and just generally enjoy race weekend. There's nothing more amazing than race weekend energy!