Ran my first race tonight, a local 5k corporate challenge. I was iffy going into it, not sure if I should do it, if I would push too hard, if I would be disappointed by my slower time, etc. I decided I had no goals, and that I was just going to run a nice 3 miles with other people instead of on the treadmill.
When I got there, I felt elated. I haven't ran a race since May, before I was pregnant and I had an awesome spring of all PRs. I felt so normal being there amongst other runners, and in the back of my head thinking that I wouldn't have this experience again, next year I'll have a child! (lots of these thoughts lately - 'will my life be over?' thoughts - among good ones!)
Also I was thinking that I would NEVER want to be a fan watcher. I am very glad my husband isn't a runner for that reason. I wouldn't be able to happily go watch him race when I couldn't. After lots of thoughts and some nervous feelings, the race kicked off. I liked looking around.
The first mile, I didn't feel like I was pushing it too hard, just taking it at a moderate pace and listening to people around me. It was HUMID!!! My first mile was 8:13. After that, it started to be hilly, miles 2 to the finish were up and down pretty steep hills! Those miles I was just in thoughtful mode, thinking about how fast or slow I might be running, how I felt, how nice it was to run with other people, and how nice it was to just be a runner. I missed the 2 mile mark so I don't know what my split was for that, and I ended in 26:43. I was happy with it, for my first Pregnancy PR, but also when you think in the back of your head, whoa, that's over 3 minutes slower than my real PR, it can be hard to swallow. I'm still feeling good about it right now, I was thinking I should get a shirt that says on the back, "Hey you! A pregnant chic just passed you. " Haha. But that would be mean. The best thing was at the end, I was walking back to my car, and this trainer idiot at my gym was just finishing and panting. I worked with him for a free trial and realized I knew more than him so I didn't continue working with him. But oh man, seriously?
Overall a nicely organized run and it felt good! I will sleep well tonight!
Yesterday- I went to yoga with the instructor who I last time called a show off, but she was injured, and not doing much this time. It was a REALLY good class. I just liked all of the poses we did and it felt really good to stretch.
My final thought for today is - do you alternate your shoes? I bought 2 pairs and I get into the habit of wearing one of the pairs much more favorably than the other. How often do you alternate if you do?