My friend Tanya came into town this past weekend so we could run our first 5k race – the Color in Motion 5k at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was a lot of fun, getting colored, and pushing each other to jog the whole thing, and jog the whole thing we did! The pace may have been relatively slow, but both of us felt accomplished since we didn’t give up and walk. It’s especially good as neither one of us is in top notch shape… yet!
The frustrating thing about the race though was that it wasn’t a race. Ha. The majority of the people walked it. And didn’t care about proper “race” etiquette. We often had to zig zag in and out of people, separate, or run in the grass or gravel on the side of the path. (Zoom in to the map above to see that.) People would stop in the middle of the trail and take a picture. Or they would jog for a while and then stop right in front of you. It was a little ridiculous and pretty frustrating. I knew this “Color in Motion” deal was supposed to be mostly for “fun” but it was frustrating trying to jog it, especially when you inhale colors running through the “color zones.” I think if either of us does a 5k or other race again, we might choose a less “fun” race to do, because we are both competitive (even though we aren’t very fast).
I am very proud of myself. I don’t think I have ever ran for over three miles straight. I don’t even think I’ve ran for over two miles straight, ever, even when I was young and more athletic. I am just not a runner. But, maybe that will change, in time? And thankfully the weather was nice and cool. It was perfect for running.
I know several people have marveled that I did a 5k only two months after I gave birth to a baby. When I signed up for the race, I was planning on Michael arriving about 2 weeks earlier than he did. But, as you know, he came 13 days after his due date. But, I had already signed up (and spent money on it) so I was going to do it, and do it the best I could. Thankfully, I wasn’t recovering from a C-section, so I have felt pretty “normal” for quite a while. I know if I had had a repeat section, or twins again, I wouldn’t have been able to do this. At two months postpartum with the girls, my life was very different and running and exercising were not a priority at that time, at all.
By saying all this, I don’t want to make other postpartum moms feel bad because they aren’t out running at two months out (or even at three or four months out). Everyone is different. And people prioritize things differently too. I’m just weird. And it’s okay. I’m not supermom. I’m just me. I just do what I feel like doing, and I encourage others to do that too. Don’t compare yourself. If you want to stay at home with your newborn for first 6 months, do it if it’s what you want to do, and love it!
I want to thank Tanya for signing up with me and coming so we could both do our first 5k race. I want to thank Josh for watching the kiddos so I could go running a few times in the last two weeks. And I want to thank God for giving me the strength and endurance to jog for over three miles straight.
28. Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
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