This weekend marked a milestone in my journey back to my pre-baby weight. I finished my first 5k since I had <A>!
This may seem like a small feat to some, but it was a big step for me. I successfully completed both my goals; I ran the entire thing under the time I set forth for myself. Beforehand I was really nervous and I mentally prepared myself in case I needed to walk part of the course. I didn't want to be too hard on myself since half the battle is just getting out there and holding myself accountable. But I never stopped running and I am so proud of myself for completing and pushing through until the end.
I actually came in 57th overall and 3rd for my age group which is a much better overall place than I ever expected. Plus my time was right on par with 5k's I ran before I was a Momma.
The race itself was a perfect reintroduction to the 5k world. It was a small group running to raise money for childhood cancer. The course was beautiful, through a local park, and it looped around a lake. It was really humid but luckily most of the course was shaded and through woods. I got a much-needed boost right at the last turn when there was sudden but steady perfectly light breeze.
In addition to the run, it was <A>' s first time at the park. It was wonderful having him and my husband there to cheer for me and it gave me that extra bit of encouragement I needed to push through the finish. My husband's been so encouraging and I can't wait to sign up for another race. Next time I want to make an afternoon out of it and bring a little picnic. I also want to start running races with <A> at some point. I take him on my jogs in the neighborhood but it's a lot more work then running solo. Hopefully I can build up the strength and endurance to push him for my next 5k.
Now I just need to keep up my fitness regime, which is easier said than done. How do you stay motivated to drop the pounds?
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