First of many, by the way.
In a nutshell/the highlights: I absolutely loved it and can't wait to race again.
And I peed my pants while sprinting to the finish line.
That whole childbirth thing really does change everything about you. Everything.
Woke up early and had Kashi Shredded Wheat cereal with a banana and coffee.
Once we got to the race it was complete hecticness and disorganization. I left my phone home that day...catastrophe! So we were rushed getting there. Hurried and made it to the UPS truck where we were to get our race bibs and packet (we were running for the UPS team. They paid for their employees, isn't that cool?) Well...not that cool. Once we got their they sent us somewhere else where we got the bad news "mmm, nope. You're not registered. Sorry" The HR lady apparently didn't register us? So the race is starting in 15 mins and we aren't in it. They let us register (for free, apparently UPS paid, I don't know...) but said we were too late to be chipped. Chipped is a little chip they put on your shoe that is a time chip, to give your exact time. So we weren't being timed! Major bummer!! Also, it had been sooo hectic and rushed that morning that I hadn't had any water at all. And I totally need water to run. And before the race I couldn't find ANY WATER ANYWHERE. My water bottle was in the stroller with my in-laws far away. So my first mile plus some was like cotton mouth misery AND uphill. But it's okay.
I had envisioned a gorgeous photo-journalistic review of this race. And somehow capturing photos of me seamlessly flowing through the crowd of runners, passing them one by one, at miles one, two, and three. And an impressive photo of my muscular body crossing the finish line and the crowds holding up JESSICA! signs, and GO MRS. KIEHN! YOU'RE OUR HERO! People would be handing me their babies for photo ops and the Mayor would want to shake my hand for yet another photo.
But none of that happened. My little SIL did, however, take pics after we finished. (Thanks Katie!)
Ruby proud of Mommy, but ready to get on with it and nurse.
Ruby trying to stay positive...
she was so tired but so happy to see thousands of people.
Our little crew that ran. Chas, our friend, Kevin, Lori (middle SIL) Janet (MIL) and me.
We had a great time and are pretty pooped now. Thank you for all the calls and sweet texts about it. We are SO excited because we're running our next 5k next weekend at the Bentonville Gold Rush First Friday 5k. Come out and see us if you're in town!
A big huge WAY TO GO!! to my Mother In Law who pushed herself and believed in herself to do a 5K at 52 years old. We are so proud of you. That wasn't an easy course! You did awesome.
*oh! Since I wasn't chipped, it's really not accurate but looking at the big timer as I crossed the line I ran a 30:36. Kevin got a 26:something!