I did it! I ran my first post-2nd-pregnancy 5k!
And I wasn’t the only one. We had a whole crew out there running this morning!
The Mini Athlete even ran his first race!
But I’ll have to save that part of the recap for another post. WAY too many cute photos to fit into one post.
My youngest sister and Little Miss spent their energy looking cute instead of running.
But let me start at the beginning…
I registered for this race months ago, while I was still pregnant in fact. It was exactly 3 months after my due date so I figured it would be a good goal. Nate and the Mini Athlete had run this race last year while I was at the Princess Half. Wow he has grown up a lot since them! My husband however, wore the exact same shirt today. Haha.
We got up (before) bright and early this morning to get everyone out of the house. Never an easy feat!
The weather looked perfect as we left town and headed toward St. Petersburg. As we were going over the Skyway, an ominous black cloud appeared in the western sky. Our beautiful blue sky was turning grey and we could see rain was in the near future.
Nate had been planning to run with the Mini Athlete but the cold, rainy conditions were less than ideal so he and his sister hung out with my little sister inside the warm Fit2Run store outside the starting line. So thankful for her!
(And thanks to Caroline for the adorable photos!)
Thankfully the rain had all but let up by the time the race started. I had left my iPod and cell phone in the diaper bag so I apologize for not having any in-race photos. Feels so weird not to have any! But it was kinda nice to just focus on running.
I absolutely loved the course – it was a little different than other St Pete 5ks I’ve run, but still in familiar territory. I felt good from the very start and didn’t take a walking break until I hit the first mile marker at about 10 and a half minutes. After that, I kept giving myself goals before I would walk again. Because it was partially an out-and-back route, I convinced myself not to walk again until I saw Nate. Sure enough, he passed me before I even hit the 2 mile mark.
He finished in 22:36 – he is so speedy!
I came across the finish line in a very respectable 33:55 – FOUR seconds faster than my last first-post-pregnancy 5k! And that was five months after giving birth, not three!
I’m pretty darn proud of that.
Shannon finished in 41:50 – taking about 3 minutes off her last 5k!
I’m so proud of her. What an awesome race.
And many thanks again to our awesome spectator/babysitter.
I have a feeling this race just might have been the kickstart I needed to get my running groove back!