I finished my first race post-pregnancy! I only started running last Friday and I hadn't really run a full run since February. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting much. Tony did this race last year and since he did a race right after Cole was born, it was my turn! It's only a 5K, so I felt like I'd be able to finish it no matter how much I ran in the week before. It just might not feel very good! But, after some rocky, first runs last week, I feel better and better with each day of running. I feel like I have no muscle and have to find my form again. Also, mentally I have to remind myself that I don't really have any limitations anymore on how fast I can run or my heartrate.
So back to the race today. It starts at Hunter Park in South Tulsa, near my school, and runs around a little pond there and then heads out to the trails along the Creek Turnpike. You really just go out and back aside from the loop around the pond at the beginning and end. There are some good sized hills on the turnpike path too because it goes under the highway and up on each side. That's what I was most worried about. When you're not in good shape, those hills will kick your booty. I ended up doing way better than I thought I would. My time was 24:59 / 8:10 pace. I also saw one of my students and his mom at the race, so that was fun too. The race had a couple hundred people participating and the draw is really that it's a family event. There's food, music, bounce thingy, and just a relaxed atmosphere. It benefits the Autism group of Tulsa as well.
I hope that we both are able to do the race again next year. Any babysitters interested? :)