Note on Running a Race

I surprised myself on Tuesday by getting a little competitive at a teeny tiny 5K my sister and her youth group put together. I ran it, and I did the best I could do. But I was 5 minutes slower than my personal record. And I was the second woman by almost a minute. I didn’t expect to be the first woman, not at all, but I was kind of surprised by my 25 minute time. It’s not like I was going that slow. I was pushing myself at least a little bit. I haven’t lost that much fitness in the past 7 months, have I? I will admit to being slightly discouraged.

I think these things, but then I remember that it takes me some serious effort to get off the floor after playing with the boys. I need to sit down to put my pants on. I sometimes waddle. So why do I think I can run a 5K anywhere near my peak-non-pregnancy-fitness pace of 6:40/mile? That would be ridiculous.

As for my 10K tomorrow, I’m hoping to finish in less than an hour. But if I don’t, well, it will probably be good for me to recognize my limits. Remember that running is for fun. Acknowledge that ten pounds of weight on my abdomen actually does make a difference.

(The photo is of a lady I saw running the Brooklyn Half a few weeks ago. She was 20 weeks pregnant and looking good!)

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2 Comments

  1. You are faster than I’ll ever be, even at 7 months pregnant! I’m so impressed. Good luck on the 10k!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, I think you have the potential to be fast, Catlin, if you really wanted to be. But I totally understand that it isn’t necessarily a priority! Thanks for the well-wishes. We had a great time!

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  2. You are NUTS!! Really, take it easy on yourself…remember after the baby, and all is back to normal–you’ll be faster than ever. This is not the time to be a speed demon. (I TOTALLY GET your mindset though. ;))
    Just enjoy it all. And go easy. (I hurt reading about racing at 7 months prego!)
    aloha

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    lizzie Reply:

    Of course, of course. 🙂 It’s surprising to me both how easy it is for me to be competitive, and how easily I can give it up when it isn’t working out for me. 🙂

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