For those that don’t know, I’m pregnant. And that means racing has taken a hiatus in 2013. I’ll admit – I miss racing – but this little babe is going to be so worth it.
I did, however, want to
run jog at least one race while I was pregnant – especially so my (future) babe can tell everyone “I ran a 5k before I was even born”. Pretty cool, right?!
I love the Crystal City Twilighter; it’s a night race and there’s a certain summer excitement in the air. When I realized that the race was the same weekend as my baby shower – and mom & sister would be in town – I jumped at the opportunity to sign-up the entire crew. BJ and I have run this race in the past, and the weather has been brutally hot. We lucked out this year – cool temperatures and a torrential downpour for the first mile.
My goal was to have fun. I’m thankful that at 30 weeks pregnant I can still run but running is humbling – and slow. I wanted to go out there, have fun, and finish with a smile on my face. Fortunately for me, my family was supportive and ran with me the entire race. There was no pressure – a feeling I don’t feel very often when racing. We talked, we laughed, we cheered on other runners, and we had fun. I felt great, and my mom encouraged me to “pick it up” with ¾ mile to go. We pushed the pace and I had a surprisingly strong kick at the end. We all crossed the finish line together in 31:50.
Overall, I think the Crystal City Twilighter is a great race. It’s really well organized, there are plenty of volunteers and parking, and the post-race party is a blast (think, free beer). If you want to run a low-key, fun, and easy race the CC Twilighter or 5k Friday’s (in April) are the way to go!
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