The B&O Yorkville Run: Well, it was tiring and much harder than I thought it would be. Last year my time for this 5k was 26:19, not my best but I had just found out I was pregnant two days before and almost threw up on a kid at the finish. This year, 17 weeks after I had Madeline, with just 12 training runs in a span of 2 months, I did 31:24! I haven’t been able to do a sub 32 in my practice runs so I was aiming for a 32-34. You can imagine how super excited I was to come in when I did! The clock is always deceiving as you’re speeding to cross the finish because my chip time is usually 10-30 seconds faster. It wasn’t until Avery reminded me when I caught up with him at the end that I realized seeing 32+ on the clock meant I did under that! Yes, still have the baby brain, lol. The course route threw everyone off too because every watch beeped 100 metres before the finish (ugh, hate that!!!).
I ran with one of my bestest girlfriends, Angela. It was her birthday but despite only getting an hour’s sleep and having a hangover from the night before, she ran alongside me and helped me get my awesome time! I love this gal! There is no doubt I would’ve slowed down if she wasn’t encouraging me the entire way. Here we are post-race with our pretty pink cherry blossom tree medals, free food and swag:
Pregnancy and having a baby changes almost everything in your life. Emotionally, physically, mentally, and everything in between. I still have the last 10lbs to lose and I’m in my worst shape ever, so being 5-6 minutes slower than my usual time is fine by me. But it’s hard to believe my PB is a whopping 7 minutes faster than what I ran yesterday. I don’t know how I was able to run that much faster before. Hopefully by the time I do another race I’ll be back to my old self. Avery and I both want to do a 10k next spring but we have to do separate races so one of us can take care of Madeline. My work usually sponsors Sporting Life which is perfect because I want to watch all the elites run Yonge Street.
Now that this race is over, it has filled my urge to get back into the game until said race next year. I think I’m over 5k’s, they’re overcrowded and the first 2 minutes are wasted dodging walkers and kids that selfishly or unknowingly started at the front. Then my pace is off and there’s hardly any time to recover. But my best 10k training run last year was just under 56 so I think I can do distance over speed. We shall see!
Have a great week, y’all!