I did it! Actually managed to shave a minute off my time since last month’s race. New 5km PR of 30min40sec baby! Not fabulous but it keeps me well on my way to accomplishing my goal of running a full marathon by this time next year.
So today’s race started out pretty much the same as last month’s….super calm, peaceful and focused….NOT! Try a 5am wake up followed by a mad dash to get ready, dragged the kiddies out of bed, dealt with the tantrums, drove by Tim Horton’s for a quick breakfast and rushed downtown before the traffic. Not too bad right? And it would have been okay, except that this morning is when my good old friend Murphy appeared to ensure that my kids who NEVER sleep in…..sleep in this morning! I mean really? My son Z normally jumps out of his bed each morning (and extra early on weekends and holidays) and literally does a mad dash around the house just for fun. Today however, I had to physically drag him out of bed as he snoozed peacefully through the chaos of morning. Unbelievable. And let’s not even discuss those tantrums. We had 3 this morning, 3 tantrums. It was just insane.
Then, once we are in the car, all I heard was “Mommy? Mommy, I’m hungry, Mommy I have to pee, Mommy where’s my bagel, Mommy I spilled my milk, MOMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!! ” Holy fuck. Why don’t they ask their dad for help?? It’s not like he isn’t there, he’s sitting right next to me for pete’s sake! Needless to say it is impossible to get in the zone and focus on the race when the decibel level inside the car is beyond the beyond.
Don’t get me wrong. I love racing and I love that my little family always comes out to support me but damn it would be nice if the kids would stop pestering me every 5 seconds when I’m trying to get mentally prepared! By the time I got to the race today, I was stressed out, had lost my water bottle, shoe laces were untied, was fighting with the bib and 5 min before the start realized that I never got the chance to pee since I woke up. Fabulous. Nothing like running with a full bladder!
So given all these factors, I am super proud of my time today and can’t wait for the next race! Only now I’ve signed up for a 10km…in November. It snows in November. The kids will need boots, coats, gloves, hats, neck warmers and possible even snow pants….that will seriously add to the morning chaos! What was I thinking!!
Hmmmm…maybe I just won’t wake them up next time.