My first 5km race – Post C-section

On Thursday  15th September 2016, I participated in my first 5km run in a neighboring town. This was my first step in post birth fitness.

If you are new here you may not know my back story. I suffered Infertility for years before we finally conceived (with a little help) in July 2015. I gave birth (via emergency c section with GA) to our beautiful daughter on 22 March 2016.

Joining the club

When I was 15 weeks postpartum, I joined the local athletic club. They run a Fit 4 Life program, this is essentially a couch to 5k.

The 3 motivations for joining:

  1. I wanted to meet new people, being a new mom I needed to get out of the house and socialise.
  2. I need to lose weight and get fit, although I was at my prepregnancy weight, this weight is still unhealthy.
  3. My SIL had just gone through a break-up, she was into running so as to support I went along.

On the first evening, the plan was to run 1 minute and walk 1 minute. I managed to achieve this for about 10 minutes and then the breathing difficulty started. It did get better with practice, lots & lots of practice. I went out running 3 nights a week. On the last training evening before the big race (11 weeks after starting the program), I managed to jog 5k around my town in 37:26 minutes.

Race Day

The day of the race I had many emotions, I remember thinking to myself, maybe I’ll just pretend to not feel well so I won’t have to go. I decided to put on my big girl panties and get my butt to that race.

When the 5k started I was behind 2 pacers, they were pacing to 35 minutes. I lasted behind them until 4km, at this stage, I got the mother of all stitches and felt like I was going to puke, I had to walk for the better part of a minute. I am delighted to say I finished the 5km run in 35:12 minutes, I’m so happy with this time. If you think that 6 months previously I was pregnant, 15 months before the race I was overweight and couldn’t run for 2 seconds never mind 2 minutes, this is a great achievement and I look forward to the next race!

Race Day post birth fitness
The finish line

This is from my Instagram account, the time on the clock was the time since the race started, not my individual time (it was chipped). The time stated in the text is also wrong (duh!).

Let me know in the comments if you have ever completed a jog/run.

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