On Sunday I ran my second post-baby 5k. I’m technically in half marathon training now for the Trenton half (just 3 weeks away, eek!) but my long run paces have been struggling and I wanted to throw in another 5k to teach myself to pick up the pace.
I had 14 total on the schedule, so I ran 3.5 to the race and lined up for the 5k.
Overall, I felt good. My goal going into this race was to beat my 5k from two weeks ago (21:58) as I knew I had more in me. I did beat it, but not by as much as I hoped. The wind and a few inclines held me back more than I expected, but I’m happy with my effort and progress is progress, right?
No one was there to take pictures this time so all I have for you are a few selfies and a Garmin photo!
Mile one started with a slight downhill before leveling out and I held myself back, knowing that going out too fast was one of the problems of the last 5k. I might have held back a little too much- mile one was 6:54 (I was aiming for 6:45 overall pace).
Mile two was rough. There were a few uphill stretches and I could not hold onto the pace. The wind was also strong on Sunday- I know, excuses, excuses! Mile two was my slowest- 7:13.
By the final stretch, the course had flattened out and I was able to pick up the pace and hold it to the finish. The third mile was my fastest, which was encouraging, at 6:41.
After a final sprint my finish time was 21:34 (24 seconds faster than my last one). And because it was another tiny, local race I was the second female. However, I didn’t get to hang around to see if I won anything since I wanted to get my remaining miles in and head home before it was time to feed baby J again.
So I ran the 3.5 miles home and checked in with everyone. The baby was still napping so I ran my final 4 miles on the treadmill and pushed the pace (about 7:40 average) to squeeze them all in before she needed to eat!
14 miles done… my longest postpartum run so far!!
The other fun piece about this race was that it was the first local one I decided to sponsor, so it was fun to pick up my bib and packet and see my name on the shirt.
I am still in this strange place with running where I’m pleased with my progress but disappointed that I’m still pretty far from pre-pregnancy paces.
The baby will be three months old in a week, so I know it’s still early. I’m grateful that my body felt strong through the 14 miles and that my husband can watch the girls and support my running! The pace will eventually return, right?!
Did you race over the weekend? How did you do?
Have you ever couched a race in the middle of a long run?