Run Like a Mother 5k
Mother Day Race Report
First off happy belated Mother's Day to all the wonderful mother out there of all kinds!!!
I awoke up early Sunday morning ready to rock my Mother's Day 5k. My plan was for me to push my daughter in the race. So I could celebrate some of my favorite things- being Lucy's mom and running. However on Friday- Lucy started acting a little grumpy, I brushed it off. On Saturday, she had started to turn into a stage 5 clinger- it was apparent that she didn't feel very well. On Sunday morning we decided we would take her to the race and if she wasn't having it she could sit this one out. After a few attempts to get her in the stroller I gave up it was apparent she was not ready to race at all today.
Feeling slightly disappointed that Lucy wouldn't let me race with her. Luckily my own mom was with me and she allowed me to run in her company. She also runs for relaxation, so I wanted to make sure I wasn't disturbing her. Not every race for me is about racing to be the fastest or getting a medal, sometimes I just need to go for the experience to "soak it in". My freshman year of college I had a coach who would say that to us repeatedly and I used to ignore it and brush it off. But after a few years of not "soaking it in" I now realize how precious moments are and how quickly life changes. If you asked me 5 years ago what I envisioned for my life it would have been a completely difference answer than the one I would give you today. So without getting overly mushy I was really enjoying the race experience and "soaking it in" my mom, grandma, niece, sister and aunt were all at the race. All of these women I admire and love. Really what better of race experience could I ask for?
The race started and although at the same location, but the course has been slightly different each year. Every year that I have participated in 2014, 2016 and now 2017 have all been held at Hoyt park in tosa. Each year has also always bought fond memories. I've included all of my past race photos in this blog post.
This year the course started out going out a loop around the pool and then an out and back on the Oak Leaf Trail. This race appears to have grown each year I have participated it in. Going out and back on the Oak Leaf Trail becomes a little tight at spots. This course is mainly flat but there is some crushed rock that you run on when you run back by the pool. This race changed management company's from Longrun Athletics to Silver Circle Sports. Silver Circle Sports always includes a large food bar at list of their local Milwaukee area events. The food at this race didn't disappoint- lots of fresh fruit everywhere- the perfect treat on Mother's Day. When you finish this race you also get a flower and a finishers medal, it's not typical for 5k that you get a finishers medals and a flower so this is a nice perk.
I will return to this race next year because I love that this race and I love that it is centered around Mother Day! Hopefully next year my daughter will be able to participate.