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Slowest half marathon ever (by far) in the history of my running, but it was my baby's first PR. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><b>2:40:58</b> - that includes two porta-stops. It doesn't include the third where I had to wait in line for several minutes. Fair is fair. I had no choice but to stop-- it's amazing how badly you need to pee when a baby is using your bladder as a trampoline!<br><br>
Very hilly race. If <b>Sputnik</b> reads this -- it was Alpharetta's "rolling hills" again <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
So, I started off the race following true to a Heather tradition -- the closer the race is to my house, the later I will run in the morning and the closer to the start of the race I'll arrive. This race started about 5 miles from my house. Still, I got there with a good 15 minutes to spare, so no problem - luckily, this year the roads I tried to take weren't closed. It was an Alpharetta race I arrived at a minute to the start time, only to find out there's chip timing that you have to pick up at race start when I crossed the finish line and asked a friend how they were going to get results.<br><br>
I knew when I got there I was overdressed. It's hard to dress lately because I'm warmer than normal, and I've always had a tendency to overdress in the cold. It wasn't too bad, though. I wore tights and a long sleeved shirt -- temps ranged from 38 to 52 during the race. I could have done with short sleeves or shorts-- maybe both.<br><br>
I kept slow. I wore my heart rate monitor just in case the race atmosphere tempted me to go above the RPE I'm supposed to stay in. No problem, though. It was a little weird to be crossing mile markers and seeing the times I was seeing, and how different just a couple minutes per mile makes the race sights -- but I wasn't tempted to overdo it. Just relaxed, and enjoyed the sites like it was a tour of my city. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Figure now is not the time to run fast-- kept pace consistent with training run paces.<br><br>
Around mile 6 the baby woke up and started kicking me. He sleeps most the time when I'm not running, I think-- because I feel him while being active far more than any other time. It hurt a little... and slowed me down a bit... but he agreed to go back to sleep around mile 8 if I gave him steak for lunch. Yeah, that's how it happened. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Steak for lunch!!<br><br>
Also, for the first time EVER, a stranger made a comment about me being pregnant! I've been eagerly awaiting the time when I look pregnant enough that a stranger can make a comment without worrying "what if". An aid station volunteer said, <i>"Wow! You're running this and you're pregnant! When are you due?"</i> I was tickled pink... that aid station volunteer was probably my favorite part of the whole race. <a href="http://bp0.blogger.com/_rHe1BEvt3o4/R8rlYZlz5sI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/7Gec9rc-SYk/s1600-h/100_2655.JPG" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://bp0.blogger.com/_rHe1BEvt3o4/R8rlYZlz5sI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/7Gec9rc-SYk/s320/100_2655.JPG" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br>
Picked a little kick at the finish line - tradition y'know! - and that was it.<br><br>
Felt good to finish. My joints were a little beaten so I decided to walk back to the start. That helped them relax and they're no worse for the wear now.<br><br>
But it's 72 degrees outside-- how can I now go enjoy the fabulous weather?
 

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Congrats, Heather! Sounds like it was a fun time. I had planned to come out and spectate, but seeing that I got home at 4:30 this morning, it was not to be... Perhaps next year I will run this one as a birthday run for myself!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> And you can run it with baby in a jog stroller! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
And I finally saw the signs you were referring to the other day.... hehe!
 

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You alcoholic. <img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif"><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Yeah, sounds good! I should be back in half shape by next March. I could also just leave baby at home with DH and go run sans stroller. Unless you're thinking we could mow some people down and improve our standings.
 

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Oh I just remembered something funny --- around the time we started seeing the leaders going the other direction, a guy running around me yelled over to them, "Hey, WAIT UP!" <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> and one of the fast guys actually looked over and smiled.
 

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Ah, now THAT'S more of a race report! Great job! I know it's hard to be disciplined to keep your HR down/not push it when you are pregnant. I never ran pregnant, but did 'competitive' tours. Yah, hard to hold back when you KNOW un-pregnant you could hammer...
 

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Great Job QN!<br><br>
I enjoyed the race report and the little quotes from volunteers. It is amazing how a small remark can energize your run!
 

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Fabulous! Great report. What a cool experience and it was enjoyable to hear what it was like to participate in a race while pregnant.<br><br>
My friend ran her first half 5 1/2 mos. pregnant with her son. (His middle name, not coincidentally, is Miles.) It was very inspiring to watch her train and race, so I'm sure you were an inspiration out there today, Heather.<br><br>
Did I miss the part when you found out it's a boy, or are you just calling the baby "he"?
 

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QN, great job on the half. Regardless of the time that is quite an accomplishment. Congrats to you and your "traveling companion."
 

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Great job and fantistic self control. But, did you have to pay two entry fees and did the baby also get a medal for finishing its first race? Keep on running.
 

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Congrats Quix and Lil' Quix.<br>
You started a story that will last for generations in your family.<br><br>
"....bladder for a trampoline." <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
now that's funny<br>
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I was thinking I'd save the finisher medal in a closed container to show to him/give one day.... I know what I treasure most is a race award my dad won way back in the day and gave to me after I started running -- and I like getting things from my parents... maybe he'll just think it's stupid though. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Hard to tell...<br><br>
SGH- I just say "him" because I don't know the gender and don't want to say "it" I was taught him is the grammatical default for unknown gender. I can't imagine running my <i>first</i> while pregnant! wow!
 

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Great job and with why carring and extra body!
 

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VERY cool.<br><br>
Were my husband and I to ever have kids, I would absolutely be running through it...and I would NOT have the patience you had here!<br><br>
Nice job on your race, baby. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Yeah, well, I didn't run as fast as you do before I was pregnant, so I'm sure when you are pregnant, you will still be running faster than me -- even if slow for you. You can't really help the going slow for you part. Even Paula Radcliffe did an "easy' 6 minute pace or whatever that madness is <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
And what with the some of what goes on, you can't help the patience. I was not allowed to run first trimester (signs of problems) and lost a lot of fitness- and then with the baby in there kickin or whatever, you have to have patience. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> At least, I do. Everyone's experience is different and your body will dictate yours.
 

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I enjoyed reading about your unusual running experience. I can't remember ever seeing a pregnant woman in a race. Way to go!
 
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