I have so many goals and things to do in 2020! Here’s my list for 2020
- Run a full marathon under 5 hours
- Run a half marathon in under 2 hours
- Go to San Francisco with family
- Go to San Diego with Selena
- LA County Fair
- Boysenberry Festival
- Start Selena’s Sweets
- Run 1 mile under 8 minutes
- Run a 10k in under 56 minutes
- Publish two ebooks on Amazon Kindle
- See LA Galaxy in Nashville
- Take Selena to the LA Zoo
- Pay off 5 credit cards
- Save $1,000 in emergency fund
- Complete at least 8 no spend months
- Read 50 books
- Run 300 miles
A week ago, I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon. It was my first half marathon of the year and my first half marathon as a mom. I am 9 months postpartum. Last year, this was my last half marathon as a pregnant runner, I was 6 months pregnant.
Last year it took me exactly 3 hours to complete and this year I improved my time by more than 30 minutes, finishing in 2 hours and 22 minutes.
I normally try to follow a training plan, but many things stopped me from following it completely this year. I was much busier juggling my baby with running and working. I didn’t run as often or as long as I wanted to. I used to be able to wake up early and go for runs, but now I just want to sleep in as much as I can and since I don’t have anyone to watch Selena so I can go running, I would just skip my runs. In fact, the longest run this year prior to the half marathon was a 10k a month ago!
I felt so undertrained and so unprepared. My original goal was to finish in under 2 hours. However, because my training did not go as planned, I said I would be happy to beat last year’s time, 3 hours and to finish. I ended up running a good race and to make things even better, I ran the whole half marathon nonstop! This was something I had never been able to do prior to becoming a mom. At the end of it, I was exhausted but so proud of myself. My next two races are much shorter, a 5k and 10k this weekend. I have no goals, just to go out and have fun! One of my sisters will also be running, but she will be running the 1k.
About a month ago, I ran in my very first postpartum 10k. I had done that race when I was about 5 months pregnant last year. My finish time last year was a little over 1 hour and 15 minutes. I had originally wanted to finish this year’s race in under an hour.
However, it wasn’t meant to be, though I did get really close. My official time was 1 hour and 3 minutes. I was slightly disappointed, but that was my longest run of the year. I have a 10k race coming up this year and I plan to run that one in under an hour. This local 10k has a flat course, while the 10k in Santa Monica had a few hills, which I am not a fan of!
I am glad that I am almost running the pace that I used to run before getting pregnant and having Selena. I have been running regularly, though the cold weather that;s coming might keep me from running as much. Still need to improve on running longer distances since I am training for the LA Marathon in March 2020.
I am two months away from running my first half marathon as a mom. I have been training the last few weeks, though not consistently. To make it more challenging, not only will I be running 13.1 miles, I will be running 13.1 miles while pushing my baby in her stroller.
I have done one 5k while pushing her in the stroller. It wasn’t challenging. The one thing I didn’t like was being stuck in the back with all the walkers. So far I have gone for a 5 mile run with Selena. The last mile was the hardest. Since I will be running with Selena, I don’t have a time goal in mind. I just want to finish.
It has been much harder for me to get a run in now that I have a baby. My choices are to either run with the baby or run very early in the morning. Since I am not running as often, my runs are usually very slow. I am happy that I am back to running though. This is one thing I missed. I think I went about four months without running, which is the longest break I’ve had since I took up running back in 2016.
Last year I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon at 6 months pregnant. This year I will be running it while pushing a 9 month old baby in her stroller. I am looking forward to that challenge.
When I first heard that Universal Studios Hollywood was going to have a 5k, I was excited! This was going to be their first 5k. The theme for their first 5k was Minions.
We got to run through Universal Studios including the Simpsons area, Harry Potter world, and best of all, the backlot where they film movies and do the studio tour. Parts of this course were a little bit tough because we had to run uphill. I used to run in Montebello which has a lot of hills, but now where I run, it’s very flat. It was fun getting to run by where they filmed movies like Jaws, as well as movies like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
My only complaint is that we had to be there very early! In order to get free parking you had to be there by 530am, otherwise you would pay $20. I got there around 430am since I had to pick up my race shirt and bib.
I had fun running the 5k at Universal Studios. The next run at Universal Studios Hollywood will be on November 16, 2019. The theme will be Jurassic World. I have not signed up yet, but I will sign up soon!