Willoughby, Ohio YMCA 5K – One Fast Looking Pregnant Lady

Loving the team colors. They go great with my crazy orange trainers!

My kids and I love our YMCA. My son and daughter take gym and swim and soccer and love going to play with the other kids while I get in a good workout. It’s such a win-win for all of us! Back in March just as I was on the up and up after my injury hiatus I noticed the signs in the gym advertising for their 5k in early May. What a perfect race to make my triumphant comeback!

A lot’s happened since those race signs showed up and race day morning. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to show up let alone run. But I made plans to go anyway. I Lined my mom up to hang with the kids in the stroller while I”raced.”And I went to my team‘s sponsor store, Fleet Feet to pick up a racing shirt.

Previously when I’ve been pregnant I’ve enjoyed the occasional race. I’ve always taken a moderate approach with racing when pregnant: push the pace comfortably, but don’t go to the well. If in doubt back off. It’s fun to get the motor running a little bit every now and then and I fully believe the pregnant body talks very loudly–if I’m overdoing it I will know!

From the side is a different story. I’m pretty rotund for 10.5 weeks! If I had photoshop I would remove the camera and put a cup of tea in my hand! I’m such a dork!
From the front I don’t look too different yet. That’s my bathroom, btw. My husband is awesome but he’s busy and I didn’t want to bug him to do a photo shoot, so pardon the selfies ๐Ÿ™‚











So with that attitude I arrived at the race. I wore my racing top and my normal racing shorts–black bunz (well, they’re boy shorts, but those are bunz to me!) I left my son with my mom as he was throwing a temper tantrum (thanks Mom!) and did a quick 1.5 mile warm-up around 7:50 pace. Then after my third pee stop I headed to the front of the starting line for a couple of strides before lining up. I saw a couple of friends. One totally made my day and told me I was one fast looking pregnant lady and he was also happy to inform that he was testing out Pepper’s theory about sex the night before a race. His girlfriend was standing right there and she attested to his statement. I told them I was not testing Pepper’s theory. Ha!

I have been doing track workouts most weeks so I had a little bit of an idea what I could do, but then again the pregnant body is weird. On the track I’ll be feeling fine and motoring along rep after rep and then all of a sudden I’ll be D.O.N.E. and not able to continue. I was worried if I went out too fast that that would happen to me in the race. So with that in mind, I figured best case I’d come in under 22:00 around 7:00 pace.

The gun went off and everyone went out like lunatics. I felt like I was walking, but I was running in theย  6:30’s. Sure enough, I started passing people like crazy after 200 meters until the first mile. I came through in a comfortable 6:37 much to my surprise!

I was in third, but I was maybe 10 seconds behind 2nd and could see number 1.ย  I was really happy with that. I thought I might catch #2 if I felt particularly good or she faded. Mile two was a consistent 6:36 and felt great too. Shortly after the mile marker the course turned and we started up a street that a long slight incline, but to me it seemed like a true hill. Plus I was getting hot. Around 2.25 another woman came up on me. She seemed really relaxed and I thought she was going to go blazing past #2 and maybe even catch #1 who never seemed to make up any ground on me. I still thought I had a chance at #2. But as I was climbing and heating up I just could not justify going into the next gear. Making up 10 seconds over less than a mile when I was already getting tired was just not smart. So I just continued on and finished relatively comfortably in fourth place with a smile on my face. (The girl that passed me caught up to #2 but couldn’t edge her out and came in 3rd about 7 seconds ahead of me).

Oh and I finished around 20:45 which is a gigantic pregnant PR for me. But what’s better than the time is how great it felt. It felt like a nice tempo run and I didn’t crash or feel unusually awful the rest of the day which I feared I might. After I was done I found the kiddos and my mom and while my mom occupied my daughter, I pushed my son in the stroller out back along the course to cheer on the remaining runners. We had a lot of fun, especially cheering on the little three year-old girl and her mom who were last. The mom was very ambitious to take her daughter out for a 5k! She was giving her a piggy back ride for much of the race! We arrived back from our 1.5 mile cool-down before them and waited to really do it up for them as they finished. The little girl was so proud!

Then we went and enjoyed the awards ceremony surrounded by the kids teachers and people who run on the treadmills next to me. It was really nice to support the institution that so supports us and hopefully next year I can go back and run three minutes faster!
Oh and as for the friend who was testing out Pepper’s theory, both he and his girlfriend came in second.

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Seriously….AMAZING!!!! I clocked that time at the Chilli Bowl this year….um, two years after giving birth to twins and NOT pregnant. You have mad skills. And, I think you are going to give birth to an Olympian with running shoes on;).

    1. Oh geez! Thanks Michelle. It’s hard to feel like I have skills when I run with such fasties. I’m always the slow one bringing up the rear and now I’m even slower and getting slower by the second ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and this kid better not come out with shoes on! That sounds like it would hurt! Ha!

  2. Um, so can I just say that I was totally in awe of your running superpowers? I ran that race and came in a VERY distant second to you in our age group. I almost came up to you afterward to try to strike up a conversation with my new running hero, but got sidetracked by the arrival of my 7 yr old who–rather than walking the 2 miler with dad–decided to run the full 5k in 28 minutes. Dude looked like his head was going to explode by the finish. But within 15 minutes he was asking when he could do another one. (Houston we have a runner!)
    Anyway, next time I see you lining up, I’ll make an effort to say hi and a note to self not to try to keep up with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. You are so sweet! I would have loved to have met you. If you see me at a race again I’ll be slower. Getting slower by the second ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats to your son! Our blogger Mint runs with her two stars in the making. Mine are running their first kiddie race tomorrow and I can’t wait! We’re still a few years away from a 5k though ๐Ÿ™‚ 28 for a first 5k for a 7 year old is GREAT!