Ok, sorry for taking a while getting to the whole point. So after a sad week moping to my husband, we headed out that morning and I just figured I would walk the 10k option. Not what I wanted, but I just figured it would take me hours upon hours to walk the 13 miles and there was a bbq after so I just settled for the 10k. I let the guys go on ahead (there were about 20 people total I think?) after I was all situated at the car with my new Altra Lone Peak trail shoes and Ultraspire pack, I took a pre race bush prego stop and started a trot. Figured I'd make it a mile then just walk the rest. It was really ok being by myself. No pressure to run from others, no one to impress, just some nice solitude for me and the baby. The weather was good. Cloudy and a bit windy, but not raining/snowing or too gusty and not bitter cold.
I kept running! It was a little uncomfortable, but not like I'd experienced the last few weeks. I kept my pace at a long run jog. Not fast like pre-preg, but faster than I could walk :) I wasn't after any time records, so it was nice to just settle into an ultra style pace and trot along. Even got to run some uphill sections I thought I'd walk! Part of the pace was the hip binding I did. Took a couple yards of some fancy purple checked fabric I had and squeezed my hips together tight. A little uncomfortable, cut some circulation off around my hips, but I got the hang of how to tie it pretty good and I have to wonder if that did the trick. I also wore the big maternity (well technically it's a larger post partum belt) belt I've had around my belly snug, but I've done that before and it didn't fix everything. Like the belly pain. It came around a few times, and I did walk it off once or twice, but was able to run through it another few times by kind of flexing my 'abs'.
Anyway, found the bathroom at the turn around was unlocked - yay! - and headed on back to the start. As I always do, felt better after those first 3ish miles, and even negative splitted the 2nd half! I even got some adrenaline and to feel like the old me when I finally caught up and passed some runners that had been ahead of me the last 4 miles.....even if one was in her 60's :)
I was getting more uncomfortable toward the end, but was still thinking about turning around and running more. Just figured I haven't been able to run like this in a long time and probably won't for a while, but yeah, I didn't. Figured I'd feel it the next few days and I was really happy with the 6.5 I got in. And I really was! I can't believe I got to run even 2 miles, let along 6+. I was still a little bummed not to have done the half especially upon hearing there were no women that did the half and I could have earned a super sweet specialty made thrift store trophy (although I doubt I could have made it that far with my pelvis), but the 10k really was for me that day. And hey, technically the time I did out there on my favorite trail took me about what a road half marathon does, so that counts, right? :) Right