Our first mom and daughter race together this past weekend at the Garmin Malaysia for Runners Penang 7km race ended up to be a surprise win! Okay, so it was only a fun run, but people were actually racing it as there were trophies for the top 10.
With a race start at 6.30am in the Unesco World Heritage area of Georgetown, I snuck out of bed at about 5.30 to get ready and then dragged a very sleepy toddler out of bed at 6.10am to jog about 1km to the start line. Little M fell asleep again on the way there but the dance music blasting pre-flag off woke her up again. She was in a daze (see photo below) while people stared at my unusual choice of racing gear (i.e. resistance in the form of a baby in a stroller).
I stood in the middle of the field behind the start line because I thought I would be slow and shouldn’t hold up the faster runners. But as soon as the gun went I found myself snaking past slow joggers and catching up one by one with the race leaders. Everyone gave me a double take as I ran passed them and some even tried to speed up to keep pace with me.
Eventually at around the 3km mark I caught up with the lead runner who had a mountain biker (official race escort) riding alongside her. As soon as I passed this runner the biker started following me instead and so I knew I was in the lead. Up to this point I wasn’t pushing the pace but now in the lead, I thought, what the heck I should just try to win this thing!!
So we didn’t look back and little M and I snagged our first victory together! As you can tell from the photos I am not using a running stroller – it’s actually a travel stroller, the McLaren Mark II, one of the world’s lightest (and therefore not built ergonomically for running with). I wonder how fast I can actually go with one of those fancy running strollers..
Certainly feels like I’m living in one. The weeks have flown by and in the blink of an eye we’re a third of the way into the year. Wasn’t it just yesterday when we were counting down to 2016?!
The past weeks have mainly been occupied by new developments at work (goodbye paywall!), as well as two long weekends (Easter and Ching Ming), two races, many days of a nasty cold and cough (both little M and I) and lots of wonderful precious family time.
The races – the AVOHK Reservoir Series race 3/3 Tai Tam 11k, and the HKDRC Mt Butler Heritage Race 15k. Both courses started at the same place and had similar routes for the first 3-4k (aka boring). But since the start line was just a short trot from home, I thought, what the heck, let’s just give the legs some fast paced practice. It turns out I won my age-group in both races, and was 3rd woman overall in the AVOHK race and 2nd woman overall in the HKDRC race (no thanks to the nasty cold and coughing my lungs out). Some cash and swag at the HKDRC race was a nice bonus, though if I wasn’t sick I reckon I could have had a real shot at the overall woman’s title and the HK$1,000 bonus.