This past Saturday, January 10, 2015, I ran my 5th half marathon. It was 18 degrees out. Wind chill was probably around -3 degrees - or less. I had just pushed a baby out of my body 8 weeks before that. The last time I ran 13.1 miles I was almost 12 weeks pregnant. I hadn't trained like I should have. The course was boring (5 laps around a local community college.) It started at 4pm. Therefore, I ran the majority of it in the dark. Yeah...a totally different race than anything I had ran before.
Needless to say, it wasn't pretty. But I finished. And that's all I cared about. I finished in 2 hours 21 minutes and 15.4 seconds. This is the same time as my very first half marathon. And I'm OK with that. I wasn't looking to PR. I just wanted to finish without having to walk any of it. And that I did.
This race was my 'getting back into it' race. I had missed running for so long while pregnant. After I had Camden I couldn't wait to get back to running. After 2 weeks, I started working out again and running very slowly, working my way up to 3 miles. When I found out about this race (when I was still pregnant and not running) I knew I wanted it to be my comeback race. And yet I knew it was SO soon after having a baby. Could I really do it? As I started running again, I wasn't sure it was feasible. But I kept at it and worked my way up to 9 miles - a distance I only ran twice before the race. So to add another 4 miles seemed impossible. Not to mention weather conditions - yuck!! I didn't even sign up for the race until the week of. But with a push from the hubs I finally did. I knew it'd all be mind over matter and that's exactly what it was.
The weather. The boring course. Running in the dark. Running slower than my regular pace. It wasn't a pretty race. It wasn't fun. I wish I had done better. But I did it. And I finally feel a little bit like ME (now if I could just lose these last stubborn 5 pounds...)
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!