I’m kind of shocked that I was actually even able to run this race. Scheduling conflicts had me doubting I would be able to up until the nigh before. You see, St. Patrick’s day is a big day in our house. It’s my husband’s favorite day. We all go downtown St. Louis to watch the parade.
Actually he goes downtown at about 5 (the parade starts at noon) with his friends to make sure they sure the same corner they have been securing for well over 15 years. Meanwhile, I get to run the race that is before the parade.
The St. Pat’s day race here is 5 miles and since it’s downtown, it’s all hills, nice long painful rolling hills. I didn’t get to run it last year since I was 35 weeks pregnant so I was super excited to get back at it this year.
Prepping for the race this year took a lot more work since we wouldn’t be coming home afterwards, I had to get everything packed for me for the day as well as the kids. Good thing I had this Apera bag to pack it all in. I’ll tell you all about that bag later. It freakin rocks!
On race morning the weather was actually really beautiful, about 45 at the start with not a cloud in the sky. There are so many people that run this race that the first mile is always spent just bobing and weaving..kinda wears you out but oh well.
I mentioned earlier that this is all hills and I’m not exaggerating. The course had changed a few times over the years and I think they have done it just so they make sure the entire course is one big hill.
Turns out I didn’t seem to mind. I found myself getting negative splits each mile and felt really strong at the end. I even thought about just running another three miles to get my long run in for the week. Looking back I probably should’ve.
Either way, I’m super happy with how the race went. It definitely makes me feel like I’m headed in the right direction and might be ready for the Go! Half in early April.
After the race, we headed up to the corner to see all our friends and family. This was MiniE’s first trip to the corner so we had to make sure she was decked out and ready.
E was excited to see the parade but I think the highlight of his day was getting to sit in a Firetruck. It’s so crazy..when the Fireman offered, E was excited and instantly said yes but when he realized what he just signed up for was a little freaked. Once he was up in the cab, he was pretty happy that he had done it.
We were so thankful all the way around for a great day with friends and family.
How was your weekend?