When Harlow was only a few weeks old, I jumped back into the 5k circuit, completing two by the time I returned to work when she was 12 weeks old. I guess I need to clarify that I walked these!
Then, as we all know, I returned to work, life happened, and running was the first thing to go.
Since re-committing myself to making an effort to running and fitness, I did participate in the Hit & Run 5k in May with one of my sisters and my little brother. It was a ton of fun, but the actual running was pretty minimal. Not to say I didn’t still struggle… I totally did, but it was still a blast!
So this weekend, was the Chemical Bank/YMCA 5k & 10k. I obviously signed up for the 5k. (Let me just add here that people from the 10k were passing me.)
You know what, though? I’m proud of myself! I finished in 37:55, which is roughly a 12 minute mile. In those 38 minutes, though, I had to stop to give snacks to Harlow, pick up thrown sippy cups, run up hills with a stroller, and, yes, take several (hundred) walk breaks… but I FINISHED! I was also pretty proud that I didn’t take my first walk break until about halfway through the race. From there, my legs were absolute Jello, and I really struggled, but I still ran more than I walked. I’m happy with my performance, and excited to keep improving! Oh, especially since when I arrived at the race location, I realized that I forgot my earbuds AND my iPod was dead, so I had to do this thing with zero music. I seriously almost didn’t do it. I can NOT run well without tuneage, people…
Harlow was even given a medal for participating! (I may be telling everyone it is mine…)
I’m now completely obsessed with trying to find another local 5k since the other one I had signed up for was cancelled for lack of interest. (It was a CHOCOLATE 5k… who wouldn’t be interested in that??? They would have given us chocolate at the end of the race!!! C’mon, people!)
What was your favorite race?
Are you a 5k runner, or do you go after the big ones?
Tell me about your weekend!