|So this is what downtown looks like at night!|
My running "career" didn't even start until my firstborn was about 14 months old, at which time I was running about a 12-minute mile. Over the next 2 years, before I got pregnant with baby #2, I ran 3 half marathons, working my way from 2:04:58 in my first race to 1:59:38 in my third race.
While I was pregnant with baby #2, I ran until about 20 weeks before I gave up on it. It was too uncomfortable - especially in the Atlanta summertime. After she was born, I was anxious to get back to it though and started running again at about 3 or 4 weeks postpartum, doing a lot of run/walk intervals. It was humbling. I was SLOOOOW! And it took me a long time to gain any kind of speed back. But over the course of 3 years, I managed to get faster. I ran 4 more half marathons, including my most recent, which was a personal best.
|Publix Georgia Half Marathon - March 2015|
I was back out there 3 weeks after my little guy was born. Sure, I was much slower than that half marathon PR, but I didn't stop once (although I may have peed my pants 😯)! I made it through a full 3 miles and felt exhilarated.
|First postpartum run in April 2016|
|First week of October 2016|
I returned to running in mid-December, starting out with a couple days of run/walk intervals, then only running every other day for a couple weeks before settling back into a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday running schedule by January, with Saturday being my "long run" day. And a funny thing happened after all that time off - I got FASTER! I'm now consistently a sub-9:00 runner. In fact, a "slow" run for me now is about 9:00 per mile. I'm back up to 8 miles, and recently ran my fastest run EVER! After THREE BABIES!
I'm so excited for my first half marathon since baby #3. I don't like to put pressure on myself with time goals, but I'm really starting to believe that I can set a new personal best if I keep running as well as I am now.
My 21-year-old, Pepsi-drinking, Hostess-cupcake-eating self never would have imagined being this excited about running! 😂
What do you look forward to these days that you used to think was torture?!