Anyway, back to the race. I've always wanted to do some short race while pregnant, and this 5 mile run during the Tulip Fest seemed perfect. In my mind, it was going to be a sunny spring day running amidst fields of brightly colored tulips, followed by a day of family fun at the Tulip Fest. Well, we've already covered the sunny spring day and tulip part, more on the "family fun" that wasn't later. But lest you think that I'm either a super star runner or very careless, let me reassure you that pretty much everyone in the race passed me and I took it very easy and slow. When I decided to do this a month or two ago, I was only running about 3 miles at a time, and started having problems with my legs feeling really heavy and tired. It got better, but I wasn't able to do any hills, or ever get up to 5 miles. So I started to worry about this race, but I figured the worst case scenario was having to walk at times. So the course was completely flat, my legs felt great and I was able to run the whole thing! My time was just under 1 hour, which is about my pregnancy running pace, and I wasn't even last. The only funny thing that happened was right as I was nearing the finish line, there was a group of bystanders that starting yelling "go Mom!" as I was passing. I assumed because of the belly that they were talking to me, and it was only after I smiled and waved, and I believe even gave a thumbs up, that I realized they were probably cheering for their actual mom who was running behind me. They've probably been laughing about that all day. It felt great when I finished. I just missed my running partners, none of whom were able to make it- wish you could have been there guys!
After the race- the only really decent belly shot.
On to the Tulip Fest. Since this is already a long post, let's see if I can sum up the misery in a few words: freezing weather, almost no tulips, unbelievable prices, overtired children, a 2 year old who was not excited about being restrained in a way, overpriced and extremely disappointing lunch, and a very grumpy husband. Oh yeah, and a tired, 7 1/2 month pregnant mom who just ran 5 miles. Hurray for family fun!
We finally let Sam loose and you can see that he was very happy, and not at all restrained.
The only tulips in bloom. This picture in no way does justice to how cold it was, or how unhappy the kids were.