I don't really like this pic (I was being crazy) but I didn't want to carry my camera around so its the only one I have.
This past weekend I ran my first Half Marathon since Derek was born. I needed to just run one and get it over with the get a starting point to work off of. It feels like after each baby I had to start over completely. And after baby number one it got harder and harder with each additional baby. I often hear a mom of two or three say there is no difference but wouldn't you say if you have two kids there is a difference between you and some one who has had none?? So Derek being number five I felt like I would probably never run again. I wanted to aim for a certain time but a couple days before the race I thought I should mainly focus on trying to finish. I wish I hadn't have done that now. Cause after mile 10 I kind of went on cruise control and slowed down. I know I could have gotten a better time but I got real crabby. It felt like the miles were more like two miles. And I felt like it was a giant conspiracy to get me to quit. Even my friends that were cheering for me said I was kind of grumpy. Lol. I had a Bipolar moment for sure. But considering weight gain, 5 babies, a thyroid problem, postpartum depression, asthma, car accident, meniscus of the knees, ect... I truly believe that you can't make excuses and you just have to get out there and run. And I do think every one should do it once in their life time. Otherwise your all talk and thats soooo annoying! My time was roughly 1 hour and 47 min. I stopped at a McDonalds to go the bathroom and jogged the water stations. Next time I will have a water bottle in a pack and not eat a salad the night before (salads always make me have to go to the bathroom the next day). I am not that excited about my time. I was 38th out of all the women (there were over 250 in my race) and I could have been in the top ten if I had just gone a little faster. I was not sore so I know I was not pushing as hard as I could. Again its something to work off of and it can only get better from here.