So About That 5K That I Ran…

…I ran it! And it was awesome. Seriously. I had such an incredible time running that race. And this is all kind of crazy, because, hello…I’m not the running  type.

Granted, runners don’t have a “type” but I don’t think I have the outwardly appearance of someone who could run. I’ve got awkward flat feet. My thighs rub together. I’ve got ginormous boobs that have to get tied down with TWO bras and I when I run, I breathe heavily; I don’t have a breathless stride with brief puffs of air. But you know what?

I don’t even care. Because at least I’m running. I wasn’t running last year so I try to provide myself with plenty of “You go girl”s.

Clumps of Mascara 5K

My first post-baby 5K was excellent – mainly because I didn’t have a goal. Well, I take that back. My goal was to complete. And I did. I ran with a girlfriend of mine and we decided to do 1-minute run/1-minute walk intervals the entire way. This was great for me as I was able  to control my breathing better and looked forward to the breaks. At the end of each break, I mustered up everything in me to run. My stride could use some work, but I think that’s because I need new shoes.

Run a 5K

But I won’t be getting new shoes until I run another race. That’s right, at the end of every race, I reward myself with something. At the end of this one, I got a heart rate monitor watch. And I’m loving it! I’m just getting back in town from NYC and haven’t run all week (except during work when I got caught in a rain storm and got SOAKED) but I am so looking forward to it this weekend.

I’ve got another 5K at the end of March and that will be another fun run except I think I’m going do run 2-minutes/walk -minute intervals. By Spring, I would love to be able to run an entire 5K without stopping. I’ve found fantastic support in my local Black Girls Run group and between them and the local running stores in Orlando, I’ve been feeling the love.

Nike + Running Stats

I’ll keep you guys updated! Oh, and I’ve lost a total of 6 lbs with Weight Watchers. Totally thought I would have lost more but I have lost 3 inches on my waistline so heyyyyy…progress is good, right?

  • Congrats on your first 5k! I just started a couch to 5k program and I’m LOVING it! I can’t wait for my first race.

    • Brittany

      Woo hoo! Good luck, mama!

  • How awesome! Go girl!!!

    • Brittany


  • Go you! I did a 5K with my sister. It was the Run For Your Lives zombie 5K lol! So much fun. :)

    • Brittany

      No waaay! How was it? I was looking at a 5K zombie race a few days ago. It looked like a lot of fun but I think I’m just too scary. I’ve watched too much of The Walking Dead. LOL!

  • Dimitrea

    Congrats!!!!! I came on here to look for a specific Mascara review and instead you have inspired me to get the hell off my couch and just DO IT! (while wearing the mascara of course)

    • Brittany

      Thanks lovely! And you better believe I wore my waterproof mascara during that race. 😉

  • Lavendar

    You go mama! So proud of you, and you are looking FAB!

    • Brittany

      Thanks Lav!

  • Mel

    That’s awesome. How long, and how did you train?

    • Brittany

      I gave myself a good month, which wasn’t a long train time but I pumped longer than intended. Oops!

  • Hyzenthlay

    Congratulations on your first 5K! That’s great :) I know the feeling – I did a 5K with friends and had a blast. You sound much more sane than me, though, because I then signed up for a half-marathon. Didn’t train for it, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else do what I did . . . But the main reason I wanted to leave a comment was to tell you about Title Nine. They have THE BEST information about sports bras! They have a cool rating system that tells you what kind of activity they’re good for, and how much bounce to expect. Maybe a reward for yet another run?

    • Brittany

      Oh wow…yeah, I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment so no halfs yet. I won’t rule it out but I’ll need to get in serious shape for that, lol! Taking notes so I’ll remember Title Nine. Thanks mama!

  • Liz

    Well done! I wish you continued success. :-)

    • Brittany

      Thanks Liz!

  • Congratulations Brittany!! I am so proud of you!!!!!!

    • Brittany

      Thank you, lovely!

  • Congratulations! I admire your commitment, especially with a toddler! I was just thinking the other day that after I have had my little girl and I have healed, I want to slowly start running again. I think it’d be a way to reclaim some “alone time”, don’t you think?

    • Brittany

      YES! I love my running time. It helps me clear my head.

  • This is amazing, Brittany!! I am so proud of you! I think people who try things like this are awesome. And deserve prizes (obviously)!

    • Brittany

      Oh, how I adore you!!!