Race Recap: #MCHF5K

Race Recap: #MCHF5K

So I did it–my first post-baby race! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was invited to run the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual 5K Run/Walk, a local race fundraising for the children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital–funds raised will contribute to the care that they need. It was held Saturday, September 19, and I was really honored to be a part of it.

My little alarm clock baby was kind to me and woke me up around 6:15am. Good timing as I was planning to leave the house around 6:50! My husband took over caring for him as I got ready and made a quick slice of toast with peanut butter.

I was out the door on time, a small miracle. I have to chat briefly about what gadgets I brought with me since it worked out REALLY well:

  • Lululemon wrist band: it typically holds credit cards/cash/keys but I used it for my awkward car key. They don’t seem to sell it online anymore so here is a similar item on Amazon
  • Arm band for my phone

And that was it! I felt so free walking around and heading to the starting line. I put my ID, one credit card, and a little cash in the pocket of my leggings. Having nothing to hold in my hands was awesome. I relied on the water stations throughout the race and the free water bottle at the finish line for my hydration.

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Anyway, it was a great local race! Nothing too fancy, nothing too crowded and overwhelming. My favorite thing is that it really was focused on the kids having a good time. There were bouncy houses and a rock climbing wall set up for post-race fun and they had a short kid’s race held after the main 5K.

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bouncy houses!

**I ended up not bringing my son in the stroller! My reasons were as follows: the race would have been the first time I ever ran with the stroller (woof), he might hate it and freak out, and I kind of wanted to run it alone to get a feel for my base 5K pace. I am pretty glad I didn’t bring him because I think the crowd may have scared him a bit. He got scared in Target once. Target. Basically the happiest place on earth.

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Ok so on to the race…I was feeling decent at the start but definitely a little sluggish. I never even thought about drinking more water the night before (my plan was to avoid water in the morning before the race so to avoid the dreaded bathroom search), so I started out less hydrated than I would have liked to. The insane humidity and thick heat weren’t very friendly for that either! I started the race with a slick layer of sweat–gotta love south Florida.

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view from the starting line

The race overall went well for me. I was comfortable with the route and have been running a bit lately so I wasn’t totally out of shape. I definitely could feel that I was far from my pre-baby pace, but that is to be expected. I purposely didn’t track my run on my phone so that I wouldn’t keep checking my pace. I forced myself to just tune into my body and run however I could.

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emailed right to me after the race

I cranked up the pace in the last mile and finished at 32:04. Far from my typical pace, but not bad! I think with a cooler climate and a little more hydration pre-race on my part, I could have broken 10:00 per mile. I was in the high 8-minute/low 9-minute pace before I was pregnant, so that’s where I want to work towards. To get better you have to run more, which is what I want to focus on!

All in all, I’m really glad I ran the MCHF5K. The kids were adorable (and fast! So many young kids breezed by me during the run) and it was for such an important cause. Definitely signing up again next year…with the jogging stroller!

Disclosure: MCHF provided me with a complimentary race entry. All opinions are my own.