Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Post-Babies Racing

Finally.  A non-baby post!  I ran the SoJo (South Jordan) Half Marathon over the weekend as my first real (5Ks don’t count) post-baby race.  It’s not quite the same as my last one, 2 months before I got pregnant.  Last time, I was in the greatest shape of my life, placed in my age group, got a 1:28 PR, and loved almost every minute of it.

Last weekend was less fun.  I basically didn’t sleep the night before, between pre-race anxiety, insomnia, and baby feedings (they usually go all night, figures the night before the race they would wake up a couple of times between them and ruin the schedule, right?). 

Half Marathon

It started out by me stepping out of my car into a wet puddle.  Not only did I have wet feet, but it was really cold to start, and we had a strong headwind longer than I would have preferred, and lots of flat, suburbia views.  Not my favorite.  I personally prefer dry feet, rolling hills, and city or country vistas.  But, the course was 1/2 mile from my parents’ house, so they and 2 of my brothers came to see my at mile 9. 

Overall, I did enjoy the race, and even managed to come away without blisters, despite my wet feet at the start. But, boy am I sore! This definitely was my upper limit after having twins. I enjoyed the race, and will maybe even consider going next year. Half-Marathon massages and Chic-Fil-A lunch do a lot to sway my vote.  I ended up running a 1:47. 

Half Marathon finish

Not bad considering my first ever half was a 1:45, and that I took 7 months off exercising and spent 3 of those flat on my back.  It will probably take me another year to get into better shape, and I probably won’t have the time for quality training and baby weight loss until I wean the twins next year.  I’m planning on 3-6 1/2s next year so I can have a real focus and continue to improve.  Next year’s goal will be to break 1:25 and I’ll just go from there.

Luckily, my belated push present is coming once we move next month.  A treadmill.  That will be great for days that babies are sleeping, I need speed work help, or it’s just too dark or cold for this SoCal girl to handle.  I foresee a lot of indoor running over the winter and I can’t wait.  :)


Bri and Mike Titera said...

Wow, I am amazed! Well done! Miss you guys. We want to hear all about this job and move and life sometime soon.

Jill said...

You are amazing! Especially after twins! An inspiration to us all.

jaredandjen said...

Seriously amazing! Congrats. Your babies are soo adorable. I love their names.