Crystal City Twilighter 5k {race report}

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?!

IMG_4508I 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.

Best of all, Baby Jones already has a 5k under his or her belt.  You better believe this race number will be hanging in the nursery!IMG_4515

Stats
Time
: 31:50
Place: 1243/1950

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!

Note: I’m wearing For Two Fitness “Running for Two” racerback.  If you’re pregnant and looking for a comfortable, moisture-wicking, and conversation stater, For two Fitness is for you.  Use code “MARGARITAS” at check out and receive 20% off your entire purchase.

 

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Comments

  1. Looks like a great tve for baby Jones! ISP miss VA area races – they were always the best!

  2. Way to pave a healthy lifestyle so early on for the baby! 😉

    I am 29 weeks, and agree it’s so fun to have a bump & exercise too. But it can be quite humbling!

    Love your top-I just got one from them. So excited for it to come!

  3. You are so adorable!!! I loved my “Running for Two” tank! It is so comfortable! I so want to wear it now but I suppose that wouldn’t be ok!!

  4. Jessica Karazsia says:

    So cute! This post gave me the chills. What a sweet family you have.

  5. Yay for Baby Jones getting a step ahead of everyone else and “running” a race. You look fabulous too. 🙂

  6. This is by far one of my favorite posts. For carrying an extra person for 5K your time is awesome!

  7. Congrats on your baby’s first 5K. Love that you got to do that. What a great role model you will be for your new little one. xo

  8. So happy you’re still able to run, and look super cute, too! Thanks for that discount code – a running friend of mine just announced she’s pregnant and so I grabbed a shirt for her! Wish those had been around way back when I was preggo…could have prevented a lot of questions!

  9. Hi from #runchat! Your slow is darn near my normal. Super impressed. Congrats on your impending arrival!

  10. Congrats, Melody! I don’t know if you remember me, but I taught a spin class for the bloggers at Revolve a few months back. I am almost 5 months pregnant and started wearing the “Cycling for Two” and I ordered 3 more tanks the capris! I love them so much. Congrats and I hope to see you and meet the baby soon!

    • Hi Francina – of course I remember you! Congratulations – when are you due? I love For Two Fitness apparel – and if you use my code “Margaritas” at checkout, you get 20% off. Such a great deal. Hope you’re feeling well! Are you still teaching classes? Living in 1021 Clarendon?

  11. I don’t know how I missed this blog — but I loved it! Can’t wait to see the race number hanging in Poppy’s room. Wish I could have been there.

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