Trenton Half Marathon Recap

Hi friends!

Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was a whirlwind – I raced Saturday morning and then we hosted both sets of grandparents for the weekend for Julia’s dedication yesterday.  So much fun!

So the race went well… even better than I expected, actually.  (Except for the broken night of sleep- why do the worst nights always seem to happen when you need sleep the most?!)

My alarm went off at 5 am and baby J started to stir so I fed her (she’s much more efficient than the pump).  While feeding her, L woke up to use the bathroom.  As I tip toed downstairs she heard me and I told her to go back to sleep (unlikely).  By some miracle, it seems that she did.

It was originally going to be a whole family affair but we decided it was too early and cold for that.  I pumped a little more before leaving and made the hour drive with no problems.

Trenton Half marathon pre race

It was freezing! I kept an extra pair of pants and coat on to pick up my bib, and then jogged back to my car to shed the layers and jogged to the start.  Probably about a mile total warm up.

The race was well organized and went smoothly (other than the 20 minute delayed start…. brrr!!)

Everything about this race felt good.  The cool temperatures were perfect (40s).  My legs felt good.  My lungs felt good.  I ignored my watch (what?!) and ran at a pace that felt enjoyable and sustainable.  I was pleasantly surprised that my comfortably challenging pace was 7:30s. I knew from mile 2 or 3 that I could sustain that for the race, so that became my goal.

Most of the race was flat, with just a few rolling hills and a larger hill for much of mile 8.  I ran with the same group of 5-10 people for most of the race (passing and re-passing each other.)

I didn’t have a kick for the last few miles (until the final .1) but I also felt better than I have in a half marathon for a long time.  The last few miles dragged on but I knew I could hang on.

Trenton Half marathon results

My goal was sub 1:40 and I knew it would be close.  Final time: 1:39:00  Woohoo! I’m really happy with that. (8th woman, 4th in my age group)

Paces: 7:39, 7:28, 7:22, 7:34, 7:13, 7:27, 7:33, 7:32, 7:45 (hill), 7:17, 7:27, 7:23, 7:24, final .1 (6:54)

Trenton Half marathon post race

I jogged nearly a mile back to my car and pumped again before heading home.  (Just trying to let other mother runners see how I juggled this piece!)

Three months postpartum was a bit aggressive to assume I could be back to normal but this race gave me confidence that I’m closer than I think.  Maybe I need to add another half this winter to find out? 🙂

How was your weekend?

Have you had races that pleasantly surprised you?



65 thoughts on “Trenton Half Marathon Recap

  1. Well done!

    We entered the single digit countdown til our repeat C-section this weekend. Another long swim, digging clams for Thanksgiving dinner, and a whole bunch of quality time with our toddler plus a few major work projects filled our weekend.
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  2. So great, Laura! You are definitely bouncing back fast. Are you still planning on Houston? Just thinking of what a great gauge this is for that…

    And kudos for the juggling act to do the race. I look back on my early postpartum days when I did stuff like this and wonder how I did it, now!
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    • Thanks, Amanda! I’m still unsure about Houston- mostly because of nursing… we have to decide if we all want to go or not. But I think I’ll continue training like I’m going to run it, especially because I have a feeling my Jan/Feb long runs for Boston are going to be rough and I’d like to build a little endurance before it is freezing out there!
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  3. Awesome! And don’t flinch or feel the need to explain why you include the mommy info– I wish I’d known someone to mention such things when my daughter was a wee one! Even though I’m way beyond that stage now, it’s so encouraging to see people who Make It Happen, juggle so much and still get the joy of running successes! That’s inspiring to Anyone. 🙂

  4. Way to go!!!! Sounds like it was as perfect as a race can get! So inspiring!!

    Though a bit slower, I’m hoping for a great half this weekend. I love the challenging but enjoyable pace goal you set!!

    • Forgot to add, as far as Houston- I’m still unsure. I’m going to continue as if I’m training for it but we have to decide if we all want to go or if I’m up for me and my pump the whole weekend…!
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  5. Thank you, Christina! There are days that it is very difficult- and I felt pretty burnt out this last week and slept in when I could, which really helped. But your right- it’s a passion of mine and I make myself get the work in, and never regret it. I had a blast!
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  6. Yay! Congratulations! I’ve got my 1st postpartum half in 2 weeks, but it’s taken me almost 15 months to your 3. My goal is just to cross the finish line

  7. Wow, what a race day! I agree, babies are so much more efficient than the pump when it comes to getting all the milk out.

    I am so impressed with your routine to feed the baby, drive an hour to run a race, get back to the car, pump, and go home. Amazing. I can barely handle race preparations by themselves!

    And congratulations on your race. Amazing job!
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  8. wow – congrats! you are so fast! and i know how challenging the nursing/pumping element can be pre-race! (love that you included the post-race pump in this report :)) WTG – and seriously, i would like to run a 5K at that pace 😉
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  9. Wow Laura! I knew you were going to have a great race, but that was AWESOME! I bet you’re so happy to be racing again, and so speedily. 🙂

  10. Great job, Laura! Congratulations! So wonderful to have a good experience with this half to get you feeling more “normal” and pumped about races and training to come . . . though then I worry you’ll get TOO ambitious! 🙂

  11. Wow! You are such an inspiration. I am training for a half right now and am 4 months post partum. The race is less than a month away and I’m a bit nervous for sure. Running feels great, but my hips are still all out of whack from the pregnancy and seem to give me fits every run between mile 6 & 7. This post gives me the inspiration to keep on truckin so thank you for sharing and way to kick some serious butt!
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  12. Wow Laura; you are super speedy! I can’t believe that you are only 3 months postpartum. Seriously, you are a rock star! I have been mostly running long (and slow) races, but ran a 5(ish)k race a couple of months ago, and was faster than I thought I would be. However, I definitely did not win any awards!!
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  13. Oh my gosh!!! You are superwomen. Seriously, you have to be? Where you hiding that cape? I mean, broken sleep is so hard and you are right on that when you have something important going on that is when the sleep is worst. But then, the pumping and nursing and running (fast) and driving and cold weather…..I mean you must have burned a million calories, lol. So impressive. Really.
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