What you didn’t know I was planning on racing? Well, me either! I basically decided last Sunday that I will run a 5k on Memorial day…which is in ONE week!
The race starts at 7am and it sounds super early, but I think I can actually fit it in with breastfeeding. Usually the little one comes at 3/4am and then around 7am. I’m planning on pumping at 6am, leave for the race (my husband will feed her my pumped milk) and then before you know it, I will be back home.
I’m excited to run a race again and to see where I am at fitness-wise. I didn’t run through my pregnancy, first I was way too tired, then I was not allowed to run and once I was cleared I attempted a 2 mile run and actually a 5k race, but after that I realized my body does not like running. I was so sore and decided running is not going to happen during this pregnancy. It just didn’t feel right and I was ok with that.
I’m very lucky that I had a very fast recovery and started walking 3 weeks postpartum and running at 6 weeks. I have been on several 3 miles runs (stroller and treadmill) and actually did a 6 mile stroller run last Saturday. I’m not the fastest, especially with the stroller, but I’m surprised how good I feel. I can’t wait to see how it feels to run outside by myself and see how fast I can go.
Actually yesterday I ran my fastest stroller mile to date – a 9:55 min/mile!
The plan for this week is to run a few 3 milers, hopefully do some strength workouts and then rest Saturday and Sunday. Since I didn’t follow a training plan, there is not much tapering either. Goal is to have rested legs on Monday.
My current 5k PR is from 2012 and I ran it in 24:24 (7:51 pace). In 2013 I ran the 5k in 28:59, much slower than I used to run the 5k. That was basically due to the lack of running, I had zero motivation last year. Then I got pregnant and ran a 5k in 38:51.
My goal for this upcoming 5k:
A goal (aka freaking awesome): sub 28:00, that would be a 9 min/mile pace
B goal (aka awesome ): beat my last year’s 5k time of 28:59
C goal (happy goal): run sub 30 min
Let’s do this!!
Are you planning on racing this weekend?