This was a year with one REALLY big change.
Eleanor Jane Melton made her debut in September! Since then, I’ve become extremely proficient in running with the jogging stroller and prepping meals quickly with her in the Ergo.
Although I didn’t set any new PRs this year, I still had a couple decent running accomplishments. Obviously the BIG one was Boston!
I never thought I’d be happy about a 4:56 marathon, but running 20 weeks pregnant with my dad by my side every step of the way was incredible.
I quit running about 5 weeks later because it was just too uncomfortable, but if I’m ever pregnant again, I will definitely invest in a belly support band. I kept up with lifting and cross training, and went to the gym the day before I went in to be induced.
I made my post-partum return to running 3 weeks after Ellie was born. Pushing the jogging stroller is definitely a lot harder than running solo, but she really likes riding in it, and I would have lost my sanity during my maternity leave if running weren’t an option.
I ran my first post-partum race (a 5K) 5 weeks after giving birth. It was slow (26:40) but completely rewarding to be back at it. After that, I kept adding mileage and a little speedwork, did a couple more short races, and ran a VERY challenging trail half marathon in early December.
I’m really happy with the running I was able to squeeze in at the end of this year, and I feel like my fitness level isn’t too far from where it was when I got pregnant. But aside from all the excitement with a new baby, a HUGE highlight of the year was meeting a bunch of amazing other Bay Area runners who are now awesome friends.
I’d been wanting to find a running community like this forever but it didn’t happen until this summer, and now I feel incredibly lucky to have so many amazing women to train with.
Looking forward into 2012, I really only have one goal, and I don’t even know if I’m physically capable of it. I am going to run a sub-20 5K or die trying. That’s a minute and nineteen seconds faster than my PR, which I know is a TON of time. But I’ve spent the last couple years focusing on marathons and qualifying for Boston, so now I’m ready to work on speed. I thought about trying to get back into triathlons this year (my last one was in 2008) but I just don’t think it’s going to happen while I’m still nursing.
I’d love to run sub-4 at Big Sur and break 1:40 in the half marathon, so I’ll just toss those out there, but sub-20 is my BIG FAT 2012 GOAL!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!