No Category selected And my post-partum personal best, half-marathon distance is….

    And my post-partum personal best, half-marathon distance is….

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    2:02:04, the best 45 seconds of which involved stopping to plant a kiss on my girl.

    Yep, this means I beat my (admittedly totally arbitrary) time goal of 2:04:25 by more than 2 minutes. If we’re going to operate in the spirit of full disclosure, however, I must confess that I’d really hoped to bring it home under 2 hours. And in the spirit of full-full disclosure, I must confess that I might have gone out a little fast and found myself chasing a 1:55 until about the halfway mark. Ah, newfound wisdom I’ve supposedly gained since becoming a mom – where were you this morning?!

    Still, I have no regrets about chasing an aggressive goal – except maybe for that brief, totally delusional period where I ran the first 3k in about 15 minutes (!) – since it means I know I left everything out there, and am still the same Beastie Boys-loving, pace-bunny-hunting, racing fool I used to be. And, for all I like to believe in race-day miracles, where the speed fairies descend from the heavens to plant kisses on my shoes that make me capable of running about a minute faster per kilometer than I did in training, in reality, you get the race you train for, and today was no exception. I raced as hard as I could on the training I’d done, and when I started to bleed time in the second half, rather than becoming discouraged or panicked about my tiring legs, I turned my thoughts to seeing my husband, my baby girl and my best friend waiting for me at the 20k mark. I actually felt a weird relief when the 2 hour bunny finally passed me, since it meant I wouldn’t feel rushed stopping to hug and smooch them. After all, no time goal can trump seeing little Alex beaming at me from her Baby Bjorn, with an expression that clearly meant, “I have no idea where you came from or what you’re doing, but I sure am glad to see you, Mom! Hey, what do you MEAN you’re not stopping to feed me? You better run, woman!”

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    1. Congrats on a great run. Crossing the finish line with your kids watching… well, Chariots of Fire may as well be playing, as far as I’m concerned. Enjoy 🙂

    2. You’re amazing! My goal is to run sub-2:00 at a half in September..my PR is 2:05 (pre baby) and my post partum PR so far is 2:16 at Mississauga 2 weeks ago.

      I’ve got my work cut out for me this summer!

    3. Congratulations on your half-marathon! That’s wonderful that you got to see your daughter out on the course. My family arrived about 30 seconds after I ran past – my husband said I was too fast! 🙂

      What’s next on the race calendar?

      Cathy (we met at the expo – I was with my daughter Amelia)

    4. Thanks folks!

      Zorbs, I still can’t believe you ran a half 9 weeks post-baby – and came a lot closer to your old PB than I did! Sub-2 will be a breeze come Sept.

      And Cathy, clearly you need to stop being so speedy – you know, for the sake of your children:-) It was great meeting you and the lovely Miss Amelia, btw!

      As for my next race – I’m going to take a bit of time to think on it. Watch this space for more details.

    5. Hi Jessica!

      We’ve met once but since my sister and you are best run buds, that makes us like family…running family now! I even had the delight of meeting your family and seeing your beautiful girl!

      Congratulations! I was overwhelmed by the crowds. I’ve never seem anything like it!

      Having just finished my second 10K, I am beginning to doubt my next goal…the 1/2 in Toronto.

      Thanks for being a great example.

    6. Congrats Jessica. The crowds were amazing. I would have loved to see my boys on the course, but with all that was going on in iRun world that weekend, it wasn’t in the cards. Maybe next time, when I actually beat my goal!

    7. Congrats Jessica. It was nice to meet you (briefly).

      I am also hoping to run sub 2 hours in the fall. Best of luck going forward.

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