September 9th, 2013
I did it! I ran my first post-partum race and I kicked its butt!
I knew that running with a jogging stroller, and taking a “break” from running while pregnant gave me an extra boost and a little more speed, so I was pretty confident that I could run a sub 2:00 half marathon. I privately decided that my goal would be 1:55 and only told a very few amount of people because I didn’t want to get my hopes up or embarrass myself if it didn’t happen. Of course I told my running buddy Ashley because she would know whether or not I could do, and she gave me some confidence…and then surprised me the night before the race by saying she’d pace me through most of the race!
The course itself is pretty easy. The first mile is down hill and then slightly uphill until mile 7, then the last six miles are slightly downhill. I planned to take it easy the first half (avg. 9 minute miles), and at the turn around push it and finish strong at the end, which I had been practicing. Well, at the turn around my average pace was 8:41 and I felt great! So the last 2 miles, Ashley started pointing out runners to pass, which gave me a way to keep my head in the game and, according to my Garmin, I finished 13.3 miles in 1:53:18! That’s an 8:31 min/mile pace!
Now, my Garmin and the official distance and time are slightly different. But no biggie… my official chip time (for 13.1 miles) is 1:53:25, which is an 8:39 pace. Regardless of which is correct (only the chip time matters), I am so happy with my race! I felt so good the entire time, and I even felt great afterwards! My last mile was 7:41, which, I think, shows that I ran a smart race.
I wasn’t feeling good the night before the race and I told Dave that I was sick of running disappointing races…and then I ran this. I’m pretty excited to continue to train hard (with a jogging stroller!) and run some more races. I know that this course is pretty easy, so I can’t expect all races to feel that good, but it’ll be great to push myself some more to grow as a runner.
Are you planning to run any races this fall?
What’s your favorite distance to race?