This week, I accidentally ran my first post-baby race. By “accidentally,” I mean that I registered for it thinking that it was at the end of the month until I got an email about packet pickup on Thursday. Apparently it was this weekend, and the date I thought it was on (April 27) was absolutely nowhere to be found on the web site. Oops. While I wasn’t quite as ready as I was hoping to be, I decided to just go for it. While I haven’t been running as frequently as I’d like, I have been covering 2+ miles consistently. Plus, it’s only a 5k. If everything went downhill and I wound up walking most of it, I’d still be done in an hour or so. Sure, we had to get up at 6:30 to leave the house on time, but since the baby’s been getting up at that hour anyways…
So, how did it go? It certainly wasn’t my best race, but it was far from my worst. The whole thing just felt long and slow, but I paced myself well. It started feeling hard just a few minutes in, but it stayed that same level of hard throughout the whole thing. I decided to try and just take walk breaks every mile and that worked out pretty well for me. I even managed to dig in and find a finishing kick for the final stretch, by which I mean I ran the last several hundred feet slightly faster than the rest of the race. There is zero speed in these legs right now, but that was completely unsurprising. Time-wise, I managed to beat both my first 5k ever and the two that I ran while pregnant last year (at 3 and 4 months along). I’ll take it.
Tuesday: 2.1 mile run/walk (1 min run/1 min walk)
Friday: Stroller Strides
Sunday: 5k in 37:14
Total for the week: 5.2 miles