Sarah Strong 5k-First Postpartum Race

You guys, I ran my first postpartum race on Saturday! Yay! 8 weeks after giving birth to my beautiful baby Dylan and I feel amazing! I have been so blessed in my health and with the ability to recover. The human body is truly AMAZING.

Originally, I was going to wait until April 1 to run my first race (the Holy Half 10K) but I was feeling pretty good and got a discount on this already inexpensive race. Bonus, it was the day before my 25th birthday. Thank goodness, because if I had run in the 25-29 age group I would not have placed!

When I signed up for the race, the forecast said it was going to be 43 degrees, not too bad! Over the next two weeks the predicted temperature continued to drop and on race day it was a chilly 21 degrees.  At least I am used to it-you have to be in Indiana!

I had never run the course before and there were no maps, so I really had to hang on close to the group in front of me to make sure I was going the right way.  Thankfully, that proved to be pretty easy and they helped me keep a great pace and blocked me from the freezing wind a lot of the time.  I was so diligent about charging my wireless headphones, but my iphone froze in the cold and I couldn’t use my music anyway.

My goal for this race was to run a sub 30 minute 5k, which I had only done once in training since having Dylan. Looking at the 2016 results I was also pretty sure this would give me a chance at placing in my AG since it is a really small race. I ended up with a 27:45 and came in 3rd in the 20-24 AG by 6 seconds! Nailed it.

My favorite part of the race was being with my amazing Fleet Feet Mishawaka Ambassador Team. It was our first “official” race as a part of the team. Being a part of the team gave me a sense of instant community. I knew I could go up to any one of the people sporting the ambassador shirt and hit it off immediately. Wearing my ambassador shirt I also felt more empowered to go up and talk to random strangers about the race!

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These people are the most supportive and uplifting people I know. Seriously, get yourself some runner friends if you don’t already have them.

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