A Little Valentine’s Day 10K

 

Well hello.

How are you?

We had quite a fun little morning. Want to hear about it?

(Total side note, My blog is currently showing me an ad for Spanx. Pretty funny. They know me and my love for my Spanx so well. Ha ha.)

 

So this morning we had a little race. Yes, WE.

The boys, the stroller, Mizuno shoes and Pro Compression socks.

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The boys have been asking to run a race in the stroller with me for the past couple of weeks. Judah kept telling me he wanted to run a special race and get a medal. I know I said the last half marathon we did together was our last race with the stroller, but I just couldn’t let these guys down.

We ran the same race last year (the recap is here), so we decided to run the Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K again. Why not, right?

I went to bed early last night. Got up early to get my outfit ready.

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Made my usual pre race meal- oats, 1/2 banana, a little PB2, a little GNC vanilla egg protein powder and some chia.

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Papap was lucky chauffer number one of the day so we got to ride down to “the special Valentine’s race”  in style.

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Good this he doesn’t have a “no eating” rule for car. The boys munched on their Clif Kid ZBars while I scarfed down my oats.

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It was a gorgeous morning over the bridge.

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You better believe we spotted that Mizuno arc a mile away. I didn’t know Mizuno was sponsoring this race, so obviously I was so excited when I saw this.

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Obviously we took as many pictures by anything we saw that was Mizuno all morning.

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Heck yeah, I went to the Mizuno tent right away.

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I told them I was a Mizuno Ambassador and that I love my new Elixir 8s

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I’m not sure they were too impressed, but they were giving away free bags to runners wearing Mizuno shoes. That was pretty cool.

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They guy told me this sign means “running”. I didn’t know that. I should though seeing as it’s part of the little tattoo design I want someday. He he.

We met up with my sweet friend Beth. It was her first time running a 10K and she totally rocked it. She’s awesome.

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She is also dang smart and wore her Halo Visor. I didn’t because, well, I’m dumb. I regretted it immediately during the race and won’t make that mistake again. Why didn’t I sport my new fashion statement?

Anyhoo…. we got to the start just in time. My attempt to sneak up to the front got us at the back of the pack on the sidelines by a tree. Beth said, “I’m not sure about this “walkers” sign. You’d think they’d have them at the back.” Oops, sorry Beth, that’s where we were. The back. Well, the side of the back.

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These guys didn’t care much.

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So we were off to a slow start.

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Annoying, yes, but it provided some picture taking opportunities.

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The majority of the first mile was crowded and really narrow. Not ideal for double strollers. We did not make many friends. Especially when I asked Beth to take our picture and then proceeded to knock over a huge cone that she so kindly put back for us.

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Our first mile took around 12 minutes. We were all about making up time the last 5 miles.

Here’s how you do that with a double stroller:

Repeatedly say the following: “excuse me”, “on your left”, “on your right”, “sorry”, “thank you”.

Remember, the stroller goes first. Push the stroller the direction you need to go and then follow it. People will get out of the way when they see the big honking thing coming at them. They may say some not so nice things as you pass, but that comes with the territory.

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The course was a little loop that was beautiful along the water. The boys loved all the boats (and trying to pass people).

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Luckily when we got back to the narrow part there weren’t many people around anymore.

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And heck, before we knew it we were done.

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I got 8th place out of 134 in my age group. I guarantee none of them were pushing a stroller though. Ha.

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Time- 47:40. Pace- 7:52.

We’ll take it.

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We’ll also take a few more pictures by our FAVORITE running shoe brand balloon arch.

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It was a fun one friends.

We actually jetted out of there to make it to a little “Sweaty Sunday” workout I taught at Lululemon, but I’ll have to recap that later. We’ve got a little family Valentine’s shindig to go to.

 

What have you been up to this weekend?

Have you ever run a holiday race?

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Comments

  1. 1

    Good grief woman! You were made to run!!! I love your spunk and you are truly an inspiration to me! Great job on the run. I’m so proud of you! I had a rest day with my Mizunos on and all I wanted to do was run in them. They are taking me out for a spin tomorrow! Sounds like a great weekend! Big hugs to you!

  2. 2
    Natalie says:

    You are a rockstar pushing that double jogger!!!

    Your boys are adorable!
    Great job!

  3. 3
    Sarah says:

    Nice job!! What a rockstar.

  4. 4
    LeslieH says:

    Amazing! I’ll give that finish time a Racer’s Theoretical Performance adjustment factor of .82 at least!
    Way to go.

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    Apryle says:

    Great job! I ran the Navy Coronado Bridge run pushing both of my girls in a double jogger. I gave them American flags to be patriotic and all but more importantly, I gave them really loud bike horns to honk! I told them to honk and cheer for everyone and wave their flags. Needless to say everyone knew we were coming and moved out of our way!
    In all seriousness, I want to know, how many more calories do you burn running with a stroller? I have always wondered this since I started running with it. I always figure it is enough calories to account for a klondike bar :)

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    Elena says:

    Wow – AMAZING JOB!!!!!! You totally rock ! Nice job hitting that pace WHILE pushing the stroller AND looking super cute:)

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    Samantha says:

    Super cute skirt! I love it. I had to push my injured doberman in a stroller for a couple of weeks. Thought of you. :) Sam

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    Leigh Smith says:

    Holy-moly, woman! I’d love to run 47:xx minutes WITHOUT a stroller! I’m looking to set a 10K PR early this summer, so we’ll see, but I’m doubtful I’ll dip much (if any) below 50 minutes. In any case, congratulations, Kristin & J & J. You rock! : )

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    Kathy says:

    Your pleated skirt is so cute…..where is it from???

    Great job..as always you rock!

  10. 10

    What a great pace. Amazing! Im sure it’s a lot harder when your pushing a stroller too! Good job. And I love the outfit.

  11. 11

    I’ve never done a holiday race before, but this one looks so fun! And you pushing that stroller through it all….you’re superwoman.
    p.s. I just ordered my first pair of ProCompression socks…I couldn’t resist any longer and I cannot wait for them to get here and make my legs feel better!! :)

  12. 12

    You are a rock star of epic proportions with that stroller! PS. You also looked super cute!

  13. 13

    You’re amazing! Props to you for doing that race with the boys. Such a fun day for all of you :)

  14. 14

    Heheheh, it comes with the territory!! So TRUE :) You are such a strong runner. Great race yesterday!! Wish I could have made it to your class at Lulu. Church ran long so there went that. Next time :) Hope you and the fam have a great week!

  15. 15

    Another nice race speedy stuft mama! :)

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    Kim says:

    Wow – amazing race – especially with the double stroller, the crowds….
    What a fun experience to share with your boys!!

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    debbie says:

    You’ve got some serious speed going. Amazing that you can even do it with a double.
    Woo Hoo for you!

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