2011: In Review (Running)

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!

 

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12 comments to 2011: In Review (Running)

  • Runblondie26

    It’s massively impressive how fast you ran the 5k 3 months pp. My goodness girl!

    It only took having a baby and turning 30 for me to finally break 20:00. I credit the many miles of hills while pushing the stroller. It’s not for sissies, that’s for sure!

    Best you didn’t know Ellie was going to become your best piece of fitness equipment too ;)

  • You totally can do it! That was the biggest running accomplishment of my life! I swear I’ll get back there someday! Good luck! Looking forward to reading all about it!

  • all my PRs were run in my 30′s after having both my kids. Actually my marathon PR was last year at age 44…you can do it!

  • What an incredible year! You’re my role model!

  • I still think you’re amazing for running a marathon while simultaneously growing a human.

  • Jen

    i still cannot believe that your ran boston 20 weeks pregnant. you are amazing! :)

    i love, love, love your sub-20 5K goal. it’s nice to see someone focusing on a shorter distance PR for a change.

    i secretly want to run another marathon in 2012…icing on the cake would be sub 4!

  • Well you are making me feel bad I’ve not ever had a baby and was pretty happy with my 31:00 5k…. I run my first ‘real’ 5k tomorrow in the cold. I’ve run one other but it was a trail/adventure run and was just fun with friends. My goal this year is to run at least 4 of them… I can’ only dream of a 26:00 5k.

  • Cate

    Amber – You should totally be happy with a 31:00 5K! Obviously everyone is different and it all depends on what you are used to running… for some people I know, 19 minutes is slow. Good luck in your race tomorrow!

  • I absolutely love that photo of you and Ellie, and the one of all of us! I’m so glad we met this year. I’ve enjoyed reading about your post-pregnancy progression and am looking forward to more Genki runs in 2012!

  • I love your goal, Cate. Knowing you, you’ll have it accomplished by the end of the summer!

  • You’ve got that goal – no question asked!!

    Happy New Year!

  • Kathryn

    Hi Cate – wow, how refreshing to read your running blogs! I’m 17 and a half weeks’ pregnant and was a keen runner before getting pregnant and my story’s not that different to yours. I realised I raced a half marathon in the early weeks of pregnancy and did a killer hilly 13 mile run when 5 weeks’ pregnant too. I’ve been searching around on the web today as have found my pace has really slowed over the last couple of weeks (probably due to Christmas indulgence) – I used to run comfortably at 7:15min/mile in training and I’m now doing 3-5 miles at almost 9min/mile. I was trying to see if I can get some pregnancy running advice as my midwife doesn’t seem to know much about sport during pregnancy and has warded me off running at all. So it’s so really great to hear about your story throughout 2011.
    Well – you are certainly an inspiration! I think I’ll be keeping up the running until it starts to feel uncomfortable. And if I have enough energy to get back to running as quickly after having my baby as you have, I’ll be very pleased indeed!
    Good luck with the sub 20min 5k – I’m on 20:23pb currently and chasing the same goal – although I think it will be a while before I get back to killer interval sessions!
    Please keep up the running blogs – they’re so motivational for other pregnant runners!

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