The Ladybug Run on July 25th was a cute little run— a ton of fun and well supported.
We signed up for the Ladybug Run all the way back in February at the Racecenter Northwest Event Expo, and I’d nearly forgotten about it. Indeed, I haven’t really done any running for two months, leaving me thoroughly unprepared and untrained.
Luckily, this was a great way to ease back into it. The focus was much more on raising funds and awareness about CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia), a potentially fatal birth defect, than it was about competition or athletics. The race was reasonably-priced, especially considering we received finishers medals, a lovely t-shirt and a delicious post-race breakfast.
The course itself was lovely. Cook Park/Tualatin Commons is a great place to run. I’ve run nearly a dozen races now that travel through this park in Tigard/Tualatin. It makes for a beautiful course, I definitely recommend it. Most of the races run here are smaller, which works well for a run that is partly on bike paths. The course also headed out onto some streets, but was well-marked.
Sandwiched between two weekends of record-breaking heat, July 25th was one of the few cool days we’ve had all summer. The weather was perfect. It rained a bit later in the day, but by that time we were in the car, heading home.
Jason set a new sub-20 PR with a time of 19:21, good enough for 4th overall, and first in his age group. He got a fun little medal and some gift cards to Sports Authority and Road ID.
Mom and I, on the other hand, took our sweet time, chatting while we run/walked… and our time definitely showed it. I’m glad I didn’t hurt myself from my lack of training, but on the other hand, the time is kind of embarrassing. She also had a 5K to run with some friends the very next day.
But we had a good time running together and Mom’s 5K time the following day was 32:23, a much better time.
Time:We rolled in at 38:10, my slowest 5K time since my very first run ever back in 2012.
Ran With: Mom
Best Surprise: A scrumptious post-race breakfast of waffles, bagels, fruit, chocolate milk, cider and more!