My running tends to be shorter distances such as 5Ks, although I did enjoy the only 10K I've ever run. My absolute favorite race is the 2/10/2 Palouse River Duathlon. I mostly run for the quiet, reflective time I enjoy when I'm alone, or for the great conversations shared between friends when running with a buddy or while pushing my daughter in her stroller. I like to participate in races and feel a sense of accomplishment when I've met a goal, although I wouldn't ever call myself a competitive racer.
Now that I'm 15 weeks pregnant, I have noticed I've started to slow down a bit (not that I was ever all that speedy to begin with). But I still like to be out on the pavement, putting one foot in front of the other. This is a new experience for me, as I was not all that active during my first pregnancy. I've been in contact with my doctor about running and biking and very careful to follow her instructions. I've never noticed any pain or ever felt like I was harming my baby. (Well, I take that back. On last Friday morning's run, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and bloodied both knees, resulting in much immediate pain. It was totally not baby-related, and of course now I'm fine, but still, skinning up your knees HURTS!)
Let's change topics, shall we? How about a giveaway?
Several weeks ago there was a RLAM Facebook thread about race goodie bags and what were the best or worst things you've ever received. I've collected several running-related odds and ends from various prize bags and race swag bags and want to give them away - hopefully this goodie bag is more "best" and less "worst." Up for grabs:
Washington State University (GO COUGS!) tote bag, neat-o marathon lithograph, handy water bottle, a running book, pink wrist sweat-band, and a black knit cap (ya know, because it won't always be 90 degrees).
Please share how you stayed fit during pregnancy, or how you got back in shape post-partum. And if none of those reflect where you are, then tell me your favorite kind of ice cream. Because it's hot, and I love ice cream. If I don't know you in real life, please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the big winner! The winner will be randomly chosen on July 18th.