That’s right. I am guaranteed a PR at my next race.
Because I’m running a distance I’ve never run before. No matter what happens, it will still be a PR!
My best friend and I have been toying around with the idea of registering for a race to motivate us to get out to run more often. Because, let’s face it. Two kids have a way of slowing you down, literally and figuratively.
My best friend lives in Tampa so we set our sights on the Gasparilla 15k. We’ve been talking about it for months and then the moment of truth came – the registration price would be increasing the next day. Here is a glimpse into our text conversation that night.
Shortly thereafter, we did it. We registered.
On February 22, my best friend and I will be running 9.3 miles. Please note, I have not run more than 5 miles since my second baby was born 13 months ago. Gulp.
I’ve been running 3 miles here and there and ran my first “long” run this past Saturday – four miles. I was putting my shoes on and the Mini Athlete insisted he wanted to go running with me. Why not? I put him in the stroller and we set off down the road.
Oof. He’s getting heavier. And about halfway through, he had enough. He kept yelling, “RUN FASTER MOMMY!” Sorry, kid. This is as fast as I go. Then he told me he wanted to run with me because, “Basketball players need to run, Mom!” I promised him he could run when we got home. I finally appeased him by handing over my phone and letting him watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. What in the world did moms do before smart phones??
We arrived back at home with a time of 46:50 – an average pace of 11:52 which isn’t too bad considering all the time I had to stop to re-start Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when he would accidently touch the screen (and subsequently freak out).
When we got home, he reminded me of my promise to let him run. We put his running shoes on and we headed out the door.
This little guy amazed me. I figured he would make it to the mailbox, but he actually ran around the block – almost a half mile! And he smiled the whole time. He is definitely living up to his nickname!
I’ve got a lot of training to do over these next few weeks, but I’m looking forward to pushing myself to a new goal…and a new PR.
What’s the next race on your schedule? Have you ever run a 15k?