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That Time I Ran 5K 8 Months Postpartum…Finally!

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back from the long weekend!

We enjoyed lots of Adeline cuddles, house work, and rest over the weekend, and are looking forward to a short week! I’ll be back tomorrow, or tonight to share our weekend adventures, but today I wanted to talk about what happened yesterday. It’s kind of a big deal.

I RAN 3.1 MILES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HAVING A BABY!!!!!

And I ran it almost without stopping. I stopped twice in the third mile – once for water, and once more to walk for a few seconds, but other than that I tried to tough it out! Even if I was sucking wind.

running a 5k postapartum

My overall pace was 10:59. So, pretty slow, but it sure felt fast to me. The whole time I kept thinking, “how on earth did I ever run 8:00 something miles on a regular basis?! And how did I ever run not one marathon, but two?! Was I completely insane?!”

I’ve never in my life taken this long to run a 5k, but that’s ok! I’m giving myself grace, embracing the challenge, and accepting that it will take time and lots of hard work to get back to where I was. I’m just so proud of myself for actually finishing 3.1 since it was a great way to see where I’m at physically. I had been wondering if I could even get past the two mile mark since I obviously haven’t had (or made) as much time to devote to working out as I would like. I knew I probably could if I made the effort, and now that the bar has been set, it’s only up from here.

A time like this would never place me in my age group at a race, and it would normally not be a time I would ever be proud of, but today, I’m pretty dang proud of it. It means more to me than just a few numbers – it’s a huge mental and personal victory. A huge step towards getting back to ME. 

Everything sure felt different though. I know I’ve run a few times on the treadmill and with the stroller, but running the full 3.1 outside is completely different. My body still feels different than it did before, and I think that may just always be the case. Those child-birthin’ hips…they’ll getchya!

After I finished the run, I honestly felt amazing. I felt like I could keep going, which is a good sign. Those endorphins once again reminded me why I used to love running so much, and they’re already making me excited for the next time I can get out!

Hopefully soon I can get back to posting more about why I started this blog in the first place.

Did you workout this weekend? What tough run have you overcome lately? How was your 4th?

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    Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings
    July 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! That’s a HUGE accomplishment!! And you should be proud of every single thing about it. I ran a race yesterday too! It was a local 8k and I loved how festive everyone got and the crowd support was so much fun.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks girl! Oh how fun!! I’ve never done an 8k..it’s such a random distance!

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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    July 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Yayyy!! I saw that on Snapchat yesterday and I was so proud of you. Awesome awesome job!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you thank you!

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    Amanda
    July 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Good job! That is awesome. It’s not only hard to run when your body feels different, but having a baby (and working full time) makes me so tired it’s hard to find motivation. Plus it’s stinking hot outside! I ran 3 miles over the weekend at about that same pace–a pace I would think was super slow but I couldn’t have run any faster at that point.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Oh my goodness you couldn’t have said it better. Working full time throws in a whole different curve ball. I’m so tired 99% of the time that the thought of running is usually enough to wear me out!

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    Molly rose
    July 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Great job Sarah!! That is a huge accomplishment—keep gettin after it! 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      July 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you sweet friend!! That’s my plan!! Although it may only happen on weekends, ha!

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    Natalie
    July 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    WOOOOOHOOOOOO! 3.1 may as well me a million to me right now, so you’re a HERO. I feel like running is now super super sappy because every little accomplishment feels like some grand sign and gesture to those babies saying, “You can do ANYTHING!”

    Yep. I’m new mom crazy.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Haha! Yessss so true. ANY LITTLE STEP feels like a huge accomplishment!! I can’t wait for the day that 3.1 once again feels like a warmup as opposed to a MARATHON!

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    Matilda
    July 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    You said it yourself “it sure felt fast”, and that’s all that matters.

    Your body has changed, it will never be the same after having a baby, so don’t beat yourself up about it, and congratulate yourself that you did it.

    Well done, and don’t forget you are amazing.

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