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 accomplished everything I wanted to in 2017, this year I have set more goals and things I’d like to achieve. Here are just a few things in my bucket list for 2018.
1. Run 500+ miles
2. Publish my first novel
3. Run a 5k in under 25 minutes
4. Run a 10k in under 55 minutes
5. Run a half marathon in under two hours
6. Run a marathon in under 4.5 hours
7. Read 100 books
8. Pay off my credit cards
9. Weigh at least 125 by the end of the year
10. Travel out of state at least twice
A year ago I couldn’t have imagined running more than 1 mile at a time. This month, I ran my first 10k race (6.2 miles) and my first half marathon (13.1 miles).
My first half marathon (February 5, 2017) was really tough. It took place at the Surf City half marathon in Huntington Beach, California. My official race time was 3 hours and 29 minutes. Much worse than my goal time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. I started training for it at the end of December, but was having problems with my left knee at the end of January, so I didn’t run as much as I could have. I have another half marathon in May and I am hoping to train more and be better prepared for that run. My goal for that one will be 2 hours and 45 minutes.
My first 10k race was Run to Remember LA, (February 12, 2017) which was a week after my half marathon, and it took place in Los Angeles, starting at The Grove and passing through Paramount Pictures studio. This was a much better race for me. My time was 1 hour and 9 minutes. My goal had been 1 hour and 10 minutes.
While many people might not understand why runners like to run so much, running has definitely improved my life. I feel happier, healthier, and stronger.
2016 was a great year for me. I learned how to swim,started working out, did well in school, bought my first car, started running etc. I want 2017 to be a great year as well. Here are some of my goals and plans for this hear!
1. Graduate from university.
It has taken me a little bit longer than most people, but the important thing is that I will finally be done this year! I’m going to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history, my favorite subject. I want to become a writer and a history teacher.
2. Run more and compete in my first 10k, half marathon, and full marathon! I started running in August of last year. My only regret is that I did not start running sooner.
3. Get a new job.
I have been saying for years that I will get a new job and this year, I will finally make that happen! I want to find a job that pays well and I’m happy to be there.
4. Continue playing tennis
I played when I was going to community college and was even in the team. Then I stopped playing for 5 years! Since this semester is my last semester at school, I decided to take tennis as a pe class. It has been so much fun! Once this class is over, I want to continue playing. It’s a great workout and it’s the only sport I’m good at 😂
5. Travel more.
So far, I have plans to go to Florida during spring break for Wrestlemania and San Francisco during summer with my family. I would like to travel to a couple other places either with my bf, friend, or family.