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.
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.
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)
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?