In honor of the lovely Erika‘s 40th birthday, I decided I had to take part in her virtual race. I absolutely love this idea and I totally plan on doing the same thing when I turn 40. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?)
So, the idea behind the Mama Goes Masters goes something like this:
“Mama Goes Masters” Virtual Race
When: August 25th (or whatever date between August 20-25 that works for you.)
Distance: You have three options:
- 4.0 miles in honor of turning 40
- 8.25 miles in honor of the actual day
- 40K if you dare.
I certainly wasn’t going to run a 40K. Those people are just plain crazy. And I only have 25 days until my marathon. Since I knew I would be running after dinner, and after a long day at work, I wasn’t going to be able to swing 8.25 miles. So that left me the 4 mile option. Which worked out really well. I had 3 miles on the schedule for today, but I can always bust out another mile for a friend!
Unfortunately, I had a very runner-unfriendly dinner of cheesy breadsticks and marinara sauce. I told you it was a long day at work. Don’t judge me. I would have eaten some of the pizza too, except that it had pepperoni on it. And vegetarians don’t eat pepperoni. 🙂
I started out at a nice, easy pace. Although I’ve noticed lately that my ‘nice, easy pace’ has gotten slower and slower. I know that it is because of the pregnancy and the weight gain, but it is depressing none the less.
I tried to pick up the pace about a mile in. I didn’t end up going a whole lot faster because I was experiencing some lovely cramping. That is what I get for eating a cheesy, greasy dinner 30 minutes before getting on the treadmill. I was spacing out in front of the TV so I went a quarter mile further than the 4 miles I planned on. That also means that I can’t give you an exact finish time. (easier for me to fudge and tell you I ran 4 miles in 36 minutes….hey, it could happen.)
Happy Birthday Erika! And have a beer for me.
And check out this photo of Jaden.
Yes, my son is wearing a pizza box. He did that of his own free will. We do actually purchase clothing for him.