Wednesday, October 9, 2013
On Saturday, September 28, I participated in my first race since my pregnancy, and my first one of the year! It was the St George's Dragon Run 5K, which I've done twice before. The race is great because it takes place within running distance of my house. So, I didn't have to be away from Baby Owen for very long.
I didn't know anyone else running the race, so I headed over a little while before the starting time. Yes, it is within walking/running distance of my house, but I chose to drive. I knew I would be painfully slow, so I purposely wore a marathon race shirt so that I could tell everyone "yes, I do run."
The race started and ended at the high school near my house (which is a new course for this race). We did two laps around the school and then headed (very downhill) to the nearby road and did and out and back, ending in front of the school. The course was hilly, but not as bad as I'd expected. Since I've been running almost entirely near my house, I am used to hills at this point, but I'm still slow.
My goal was to be under 40 minutes, which would put me at better than my first few 5Ks that I ran in 2005. I would like to think that I am at least better than I was when I first started running. I ended up finishing in 36:55, which was better than my goal. Not my best, not my worst, and it puts me a minute faster per mile than I ran the Mount Dora 5K when I was 17 weeks pregnant.
Who knows when my next race will be. I was going to sign up for the Baltimore 5K, which is this weekend, but it sold out before I got the chance to sign up. So, maybe something else soon.
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