I did it! I completed my first post baby race and also my first post marathon race! I cannot believe that this time last year I actually ran a marathon. The NYC Marathon to be exact. I spent a full year completing the NYRR 9+1 program in order to qualify and a good 4 months training. It was cold, it was windy, and it was tough, but I did it. Now, here I am one year later with a baby and another race in the books.
I knew that I wanted to get back into running as soon as possible after having Parker. I found out I was pregnant with Parker very shortly after running the marathon (Yes, I was actually pregnant with him when I ran it!). I ended up taking a few months off from running to recuperate. When I tried to get back into it none of my clothes fit, so I instead of buying new ones I decided to forego running during my pregnancy. Around the 7th month I started to seriously CRAVE running and knew I wanted to start again ASAP.
I thought a Halloween themed 5K would be a great start and the timing was perfect. Once I got the go ahead from my doctor to begin running again, I slowly worked my way up to 3 miles. My friend and favorite running buddy Jenna agreed to do it with me along with her friend Tina (They both also ran the NYC marathon with me). It was a fun and easy going race which is exactly what I needed. It was also a great place to show off Parker in his very scary costume!
The Haunted Island 5k took place on Roosevelt Island and was hosted by NYCRUNS. I have done a few of their races in the past and always enjoy them. The 5K was basically one lap around the Island with some great views! The race started and finished in the same place and had some amazing post race snacks including fruit, bagels AND cream cheese, and of course lots of Halloween candy!!
I’m not going to lie, there were a few moments where I felt that this race was definitely harder than running a marathon (okay, maybe I’m being slightly over-dramatic). Getting back into shape after 9+ months of doing nothing but growing a baby in your belly is HARD work. Regardless, those pre-race jitters (YES I got them for my little 5K) felt all too familiar and the post race high was amazing. I can’t wait until the next. An EXTRA special thanks to Jenna and Tina for pushing me out of my comfort zone as I tried my hardest to keep up with them.
Finish Time: 30:33, 9:51 Pace