A week ago, I woke up early on a Saturday morning and drove a considerable distance to support my lil’ sis’ in her first post-pregnancy race event.
What follows are her thoughts on the race…
Half-arsed runner: How did you feel about doing your first post-pregnancy event?
Lil’ Sis’: I felt anxious about whether I was really fit and ready to compete but also excited and eager to get back into races.
HAR: How did you train?
LS: I started training a few months ago after my six week post-natal check with the doctor. First of all, I just went out and ran to see what I could achieve. I managed a slightly slower pace than I did before Lucy was born and ran a mile. I started upping the runs to two a week and increased the distance by half a mile each week until I was running 5k. I managed three 5ks before the race started with some hill work.
HAR: It was a long way to go for a 5k. Why did you choose this particular event?
LS: I love this forest and have raced here on other occasions. One of them was a 5k whilst I was about five months pregnant and they were very supportive. The other was the same event last year. This was the last official race I did before finding out I was pregnant, and it seemed fitting to start my races again with it this year.
It was a challenging and rewarding course that I would recommend to others. AAT events are well organised too.
HAR: Were you happy with your time?
LS: At first, no. Upon reflection, yes.
I was two minutes slower than last year but this year had to walk/fight woodlands through the path for a good quarter of a mile because the track was so muddy that I was afraid of falling over! I know this cost me those valuable minutes that I would have needed to beat or equal my previous time. Having said that, I feel I am already back to my previous fitness levels and that feels amazing so soon after giving birth!