Saturday was the St. Louis Science Center's annual Run for the Stars fundraiser, my second 5k "race."
I'm very slow. But I transitioned from walking to running just a month ago and I'm already jogging 3 miles pretty consistently. My longer weekend runs are about 4 miles.
Here's my completely unscientific week-before-the-race preparation schedule:
- Saturday (7 days out): practice run of the (hilly!) race course, with NO WALKING. This lets me know what to expect on race day and also gives me a ton of confidence. I know I can do this, no matter how hard it feels in the moment, because I've done it before. . .
- Sunday (6 days out): four mile run. Ouch.
- Monday (5 days out): no running! Jillian Michaels video with hand weights.
- Tuesday (4 days out): jogging on the mini tramp to coddle feet and knees, again with the mini dumbells.
- Wednesday (3 days out): rest
- Thursday (2 days out): 2.5 mile run (and walk)
- Friday (1 day out): rest
Saturday was also the girls' first half mile fun run. They did so great! Some of the other dads carried their little ones to keep up with the crowd but our girls did the whole half mile under their own steam. I am so proud of them! (Here you see them inside the Planetarium, warming up. Ada loves her "running skirt.")
My parents - longtime runners and enthusiasts of the sport - came down to cheer for all of us. Paul and a friend ran the 10k while my dad and I did the 5k - the two races started and ended together, which was fun. My mom and my friend Elizabeth watched the kids during the adult races. The girls had a blast in the inflatable obstacle course and bouncy house. After running I had a few minutes to catch my breath and slurp down some fluids, then it was time to line up for the kids' race. Fortunately, they allowed "pacers" on the course, so I ran with Ada while Paul encouraged Ellie along.
And after that: off to Ellie's last soccer game of the season.
(Paul snapped the top photo with his phone shortly before the races started. Runners were beginning to file down to the starting line. I'm chatting with my mom, Ellie beside me. Ada is talking to my dad, who's sitting on the curb.)