I am super busy since we are peacing out of Boston on Wednesday omg! But I just wanted to pop in for a quick recap of my first post-baby race.
I signed up for this race only about a month in advance. My husband ran it last year and had a great time. I really just wanted one last race in Boston. But my plans to train for this got foiled by being sleep deprived (still), it being WAY hot and humid lately, and just the logistics of running with or without Claire was kind of hard.
The night before the race, I still wasn’t sure if I was going to run it. If I didn’t my husband would have again but he knew I really wanted to. I hadn’t run more than 2.5 miles at one time since Claire was born (or in like 6 months), so I thought it could get really ugly to run 5.6 miles out of no where. I decided to run it though and if it got that ugly, I’d just call my husband to pick me up or walk the rest.
The race is a really neat concept. It supports the Home Base program, which helps war veterans when coming home from deployments. The race starts and ends at Fenway Park and you cross the home plate and get your picture taken when you finish.
A cool random thing that I happened to find when I was in Fenway before the race was this Mamava nursing/pumping station.
I forgot to take a picture of the outside of it, but it’s basically like a little tiny bathroom hut thing with a door that locks. There was hand sanitizer, two benches, a table, & an outlet for a pump or whatever inside. It was very comfy.
I knew I wanted to nurse Claire before the race since I’d be gone from her for about an hour, so this was perfect. Fun little perk! You can see if there is one nearby you on their website.
Anyway, after that we watched some pre-race ceremonies that included some speeches from veterans who were helped by Home Base and singing the National Anthem.
The race started late and I was in the second wave which started much later than the initial race start, so I was getting kind of antsy. My first mile was the fastest, which I always have a problem with with races. I let all the people I’m with set the pace instead of the other way around.
The first 2.5 miles were the hardest for me form nerves & just getting in my groove. I hit my stride in the rest of the race though. I really felt so good throughout it all and was able to keep plugging along, even though I hadn’t run that long in a while.
I started the race with the intention to finish it and not keep an eye on time. I did wear my watch but wasn’t checking it which was nice.
Even though this race was in July, it wasn’t that hot which was such a blessing! It was overcast and windy when the race started. I was worried it would be 95 degrees but the weather was great. It did get sunny and warm up quickly at the end but the majority of the race was very cool for it being July.
I finished strong and feeling really good in just over an hour. Again, I didn’t have any time goals on this since the point of this race was just to finish but I had about an 11:00 pace. Only about 1:00 per mile off my old pace range, so I’m slowly coming back to where I was. It feels good!
It was so nice greeting my happy and smiling baby girl at the end of the race. I actually thought about her most of the race since I’m not normally alone anymore. I hope she likes cheering me on, ’cause this mama is a running mama!
Questions for You:
- Do you race in the summer or not? Typically it’s a no go for me.
- How was your weekend?