This is the banner for this year's event. I was drawn to run this year (it is a lottery-style drawing, so there is never any guarantee that you will run if you sign up). I had actually heard that although so many had signed up of my acquaintances, only two of us were fortunate enough to get drawn.
This is me, ecstatically running in the 2006 TC 10. I had never run an organized run before and couldn't have imagined how neat of an experience I would have. There was such energy to run in a huge crowd like that.
I am in this picture somewhere, crossing the finish line.
Last year I was pregnant and due to have a baby in November so I couldn't sign up. I actually had my baby in September, about a week or so before the run. I was so excited I got picked this year since I couldn't run it last year!
I had been training for this run and had reached my seven mile mark already. I went to the doctor just about 1 1/2 weeks before the run. I confirmed that day that I am pregnant, now just over 9 weeks. My doctor expressed great concern over my running in the TC10. He said that running that long keeps your heart rate above the recommended 140 bpm or less for exercise during pregnancy.
I did not run in the race today. It was hard. I went to the health expo anyway last night. I picked up my packet. I got my race number. I got all the little goodies that come with it. I had paid for it already. I also had paid for a pasta dinner for my whole family. We decided to still go to that. It was paid for and we always can stand for a family date. However, our van had a flat tire so we took the car and our two "middle" girls. It was fun. It helped me get over the fact I couldn't run today.
As an added consolation, I went up north to my niece's and her new husband's home. They had their gift opening today. I went for a 2-3 mile run up there to feel like I got my run in today anyway. My doctor said to go ahead with these runs since I've always run that distance and my body's used to it.
I'm okay with it now. I am actually able to really look at the big picture: we will have a new baby to add to our little family. I'm due May 9th. Whew, finally our 2nd daughter will have a spring companion for a birthday. All the other kids are clustered from August to October.
There will be many, many more runs. I am planning to run until I'm at least 90 years old. I can't have babies too many more years, but I can always run for years to come.