I told myself, when I was pregnant with Will, that I would run a 5k (3.1 mile) race after I had him. I had never done one before, and I thought it would be a good motivator to get back into shape! I begrudgingly stuck to my word, and signed up for the Lilac Festival 5k race 7 months after I had Will. I went into it not feeling very ready for it. I ran a lot leading up to it, but had never run the full 5k in my praticing. During the race I pushed myself pretty hard and ran for the first 2 miles, but slowed to walking at a water hand off point. The last 1.1 mile was killer. I had totally lost my groove, and walking/running the last stretch I felt like I was going to puke the whole time. I was just hoping not to go over 35 min, so I was happy to get 34 min 17 sec as my official time. I felt so terrible once I was done though. Completely out of breath, and sick to my stomach. I was glad to have accomplished it, but even more glad it was over!
After I had Sam I was trying to talk myself out of doing one again. I definitely was not able to get into good enough shape in time to do the same race last Spring, when Sam was 5 months old. I am sure there were other races later on that I could have done, but I wasn't ready to commit to it. This past Winter I was battling it out in my mind whether I would stick to what I said and do that race before another baby came along. My motivation finally kicked my lazy butt, and I signed up to do the Lilac Fest 5k.
I am actually pretty excited about it this time around. I not only want to finish with an even better time, but I want to feel great at the end! I have been so pleased with my training so far. I can totally see a change in my endurance. Just this week I ran the full 5k with no stopping for the first time ever! Most of my running has been on a treadmill though, which is definitely easier. The race is on May 20th (at 8am!), so these next two weeks before the race I definitely need to get my butt outside to run!