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Thoughts that ran through my head this morning:
"I can't believe I paid money to feel like crap"
"OK, I gave birth - I can suck it up and run for 10 more minutes"
"It sucks that I have to work this hard to run this slow"

I thought going in that 8-somethings would probably be a good effort. I ran the first mile in 7:30-something, which surprised me. I felt like I was running through quicksand. I fell off of that pace, though but managed to only let 2 or 3 (?) people pass me. I ended up running 31:43 (I think) for a 7:56 average. So better than I expected, but nowhere near where I'd want to be. But it's okay, although I do get frustrated when I read about other new moms having more success - you know, why can't that be me? But I'm sure I have things that other moms are jealous of, like my mostly sleeping through the night baby or the over 600 ounces of breastmilk I have in my freezer. (Just call me Bessie, seriously). I think I'm probably definitely out for next month's half marathon, though. Aside from my long run being stuck around 6 miles, I do not want to work that hard only to come in over 2 hours. That might sound a little snotty, but if I'm going to work hard for 13.1 miles I'd like to actually feel like I accomplished something at the end. I don't want to even bother running a half until I can sustain a pace that starts with a 7.

But it was good to get back out there. And the most surprising thing? I finished 3rd in my age group! Obviously someone stayed home ... but that keeps up my hardware collecting streak for this race. The prizes are always handmade - 2004 was a wooden box with press clippings from the previous 25 years screenprinted, 2005 was a box in the shape of a flower, 2006 was a clock. This year it was a tissue box cover - very handy since I needed a tissue!

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I got passed by the woman in white without a hat.

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Post-race.

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My prize.

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great job on keeping the hardware collecting streak! :) the whole "this isn't easy, and therefore isn't fun" mentality is very familiar to me, but just think of this as a starting point. and for god's sake, woman... you gave birth. to another human being. (a very cute one at that) I've never done it myself, but I feel like your times are somewhere right around "completely awesome" given the relatively recent stress your body has gone through.

on a sidenote: it's so refreshing to hear someone say, "I don't want to do this unless I can do this well." I find racing to be really stressful, and I have a hard time putting my heart into it and feeling like it's worth it unless I'm racing to reach a certain standard that I set for myself. I guess I'm not getting the whole, "just doing it to say I did it" mentality that seems so prominent these days. So whether other people think it sounds snotty or not, I think it's great that you're being selective about which races you're choosing to do!

Triumphant return to racing. Faster than you thought, so that's always a plus. The fitness will come back quickly, don't worry about it. Congrats on the ag placing.

cool, good work. i think i can see it in her eyes-- yep, she looks like future age group winner too, heh.

I am filled with admiration.
I am a mommy to and it took me a lot of time to gain back my strength and interest in anything but my babies.
Doing all that and breast feeding and expressing at the same time is worthy of a hearty pat on the back!!!

Hi
I have been looking for an email to contact you but couldn't find one (not really suprised after what you wrote in your introductory post...) I would appreciate if you could contact me via my email or blog...
Thanks
Denis
(oh - and sorry to approach you in this fashion...)

I know it's not what you wanted, but good job on the race. Hey, you got back to it. And I do get what you mean about not wanting to do a race unless you're going to do well. It's not snotty...it's what you are used to.

yes, relay was awesome I'm so glad I finally got to do one. Hoping next year to do it again, maybe even the one here. I think you're right too about it taking more out of me than I thought it did...I have to be lighter on myself. I should allow for some recovery. I did run at pretty decent paces all things considered on it.

I know it's not what you wanted, but good job on the race. Hey, you got back to it. And I do get what you mean about not wanting to do a race unless you're going to do well. It's not snotty...it's what you are used to.

yes, relay was awesome I'm so glad I finally got to do one. Hoping next year to do it again, maybe even the one here. I think you're right too about it taking more out of me than I thought it did...I have to be lighter on myself. I should allow for some recovery. I did run at pretty decent paces all things considered on it.

I know it's not what you wanted, but good job on the race. Hey, you got back to it. And I do get what you mean about not wanting to do a race unless you're going to do well. It's not snotty...it's what you are used to.

yes, relay was awesome I'm so glad I finally got to do one. Hoping next year to do it again, maybe even the one here. I think you're right too about it taking more out of me than I thought it did...I have to be lighter on myself. I should allow for some recovery. I did run at pretty decent paces all things considered on it.