After having Sadie, I wasn't cleared to run until 6 weeks after she was born. I started off slow and easy (honestly slightly afraid my stitched from the c-section would rip open..haha..). Luckily, they did not! I think that starting running again after all that my body had been through would have been difficult, but starting all of this at the end of June in Houston added a new facet to it. Once I got back into it though, running became my "me" time. After Sadie turned 6 months, I was able to bring her along with me and I have enjoyed getting to introduce her to outside time and being active.
I planned out my training for the January race by adding 2 miles a month until I got up to 12 miles and running that distance a few times. I was not able to run as many days a week to train, but that's okay!
Last Sunday, I finally got to run my race. I felt about as nervous as I did for my first half. I was running this distance in a race for the first time in 2 years, without a running partner and all of my training runs had been slow.
The weather was wonderful and thanks to full nights sleep from my little one, I felt rested. I started off cautiously, afraid that I would be unable to finish or would have to walk.
I ended up finishing in 1:52:35 and felt great. I was exactly two minutes slower than 2 years and a baby ago. I'll take it! Nine half marathons completed! Now I'm ready to sign up for the 10th!
I hate driving downtown and the road closures make me nervous, so I was SUPER early...like the 5th person in my corral
Nervous, but ready to run
So excited to be finished!