Today I ran/walked the 8th Annual Benicia Run for Education. Jason was registered and planned to walk it with me, but instead chose to stay home and rest after fighting a stomach bug for most of the week. That meant I had three people to carry 3.1 miles: myself, Ruby in the stroller and the baby (in my uterus).
I alternated between walking and running. I’m finding that it’s actually easier on my muscles to run than to walk at any pace even mildly faster than quite slow. When I try to walk briskly my calf muscles quickly tighten up and it hurts a surprising amount. I’m naturally a midfoot/forefoot runner, so it makes sense that switching to a running motion feels different. Running can be a bit more of a cardiovascular workout, but I go so slow (i.e. walking pace) that it’s not that big of a deal.
Although I have to admit, I did feel pretty cool “running”, while also pushing a stroller, at nearly 8 months pregnant. Please keep that in mind when comparing my 5K finish time of 50:05 to my 10K finish time of 50:06 from 2011.
About 5 minutes into the race Ruby started bugging me to get out of the stroller, and with about a quarter mile to go I finally let her loose. The crowd loved her and she loved the attention. I debated letting her sleep in this morning and run/walking the race without the extra weight and inconvenience a 3 year old adds. But watching her excitement as she ran to the finish line was definitely worth it.
The race itself was followed by the 2nd Annual Muffins & Mimosas post race party with the Benicia Mom’s Group. Looking forward to many more in the years to come!