This past weekend, I raced in the Hero 10k at the gorgeous Indiana Dunes State Park back home where I grew up. This was actually the 4th race I’ve done post-baby. The others were:
- 5k over 4th of July in Tomahawk, WI (24:44)- didn’t bring Bryce- he stayed with his grandparents!
- 10k in August in Gurnee, IL (50:20, 2nd place AG)- early race, so Bryce stayed home with Daddy!
- My first evening 5k in September in Pleasant Prairie, WI (24:09, 3rd place AG)- first race with Bryce as spectator!
Needless to say, I’m excited to get back into running!
So back to this past weekend. This 10k race fit in perfectly with my half marathon training schedule. (I actually had to do 8 miles, but figured if I pushed myself, I could skip those extra two.) The weather was perfect, scenery was gorgeous, and I had some great company with my husband, Bryce, my Mom, blogger/runner Erin and her husband, my cousin and her husband…and an old childhood friend too!
It was an awesome race. I finished in 48:17 (a PR for me…and time for me to update my PR page!) AND I finished as the 1st overall female! And I got to pose with my little guy for some sweet photos…the best!
I’ll let the photos do the talking.
My little superhero… Bryce at 5.5 months
Because I love a race where you can coordinate with your baby…
The perfect photo to promote next year’s race…I’ll have to let the race coordinator know :-)
Top 3 female finishers! My friend from high school and Erin! #girlpower
Becky @ Olives n Wine says
Woooo! Awesome job, mama! Love your cape and the race looks super fun as well. I’m training for a half this winter, I just gotta decide which one I want to run!
Thanks Becky! It’s a fun race with the perfect backdrop for photos :-) I assume you’ll be doing a half in the warm Naples area? Jealous!!
You know, I’ve heard that women get faster after they have babies. Clearly it’s true! You rocked it out there! I had a great time hanging out with you guys, too.
Really?! I didn’t know that was a thing! Either way, I’ll take it. Thank you so much! Had SO much fun with you guys, and oooh the brunch. I could go for another plate of those pancakes right now…
Way to go with all your races! Bryce looks so cute in his cape!
Thanks Laura! I think it’s the perfect fallback Halloween costume if I can’t get something else put together- check mark :-)
Great job and congrats on the PR! You are kicking butt!!!! I bet you are getting psyched for your HM!
Thanks so much Kim- really appreciate it. I am SO excited for the HM- hope the weather is nice for it! (And already looking forward to the Wisconsin Half too..it’s on my radar for sure!)
Congrats on the first place finish and a PR! The dunes are rough with the hills, that is awesome to PR there.
Thanks so much Kristin! Luckily, the course wasn’t on any sand dunes, but on part of the Calumet River Trail and then they adjusted the route the night before due to some standing water, and we did a loop through the picnic area with a rather steep incline. Twice. UGH!