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Preparing For the Star Wars 10k: Training, Outfits and First Race Post Surgery

by Nellie

It’s been almost 3 years since my last RunDisney race and almost a year since my semi-disastrous last race–the NYC Half which I ran while I was in the throes of my first trimester. Last year, while visiting the ESPN Wide World of Sports, I realized that I missed running in Disney World. I set a pretty brave goal for myself to run a 10k five months after my 3rd c-section. It’s my first Star Wars 10k event (I’ve always been a princess!) and I’m super excited to run it.

Star Wars 10k Training

Running after surgery is hard. I can tell you that my bounce back to fitness is not nearly as fast as I’d like it to be. With my first two boys 10 and 7 years ago respectively, it took a few weeks but I was able to feel back to my normal self rather quickly. This time has been the total opposite. Running is HARD. It absolutely feels like I’m starting from scratch again.

Recovery from surgery in your mid 30s is a completely different thing. I’ve gone from having all of the confidence to praying I won’t get swept during a 6 miles race. I still can’t believe that I used to do six miles without blinking daily for marathon training. That was considered an EASY day!

When I run, my legs feel fine, it’s my mid section that throbs and acts like it’s a foreign part of my body. I know I’ve only had surgery less than 5 months ago but it’s still so hard to get my brain to align with my body. In my brain I’m still running weekly races. My current body is telling me a totally different story.

I’ve spent six weeks training, usually doing around 10-12 miles a week. It’s been even tougher because I can’t get to the gym until 7:30 pm. Let me tell you, after an entire day of mothering, not sleeping, and working—going to the gym is a COMPLETE task, especially when it’s still so cold out.

I’ve been walking then jogging for as long as I can. I am nowhere near as fast (slow?) as I used to be and it’s messing with me. It’s so hard to be patient when you know what you are actually capable of.

A quick trip to Florida

This will be my first overnight away from baby girl. I won’t be gone long as I am flying in the day before the race and flying back the next day. I’m going to miss everyone but I’m also very much looking forward to having a short amount of time where no one is pawing at me or depending on me to live. Between the pregnancy and full time mothering, I rarely get time for myself so I planned some fun for my trip. I will likely do some basic things like watching a movie, wear my minnie ears, go bowling and of course, eat.

I am staying offsite for the first time in a while and definitely the first time during a RunDisney race. I plan to go to the parks post race for a little bit before I need to get to the airport around dinner time. I made a few reservations and the best part? I’m keeping my own company, my own schedule and if I want to sit with a spiked dole whip treat and people watch, I simply can.

Star Wars 10k Outfit!

So I haven’t had the time to really plan a fun outfit, because life. However, since I made all of my shirts for my July trip, I am making one for this race. I simply purchased a dry-fit tee on amazon, downloaded the Star Wars font and got to designing.

Tutu or no? I’m still not sure. I’ve run ALL my races with a tutu so this would be different. I’ve got 2 weeks to figure it out!

Future races

While I was pregnant I was tempted to sign up for a full year of races like I always have for the past 3 years. I hesitated and I’m so glad I did. I truly don’t know when I’m going to be able to run races on back to back weekends again. I am currently signed up to do the Popular Brooklyn Half in May as a gift from New York Road Runners. I have the next 6 weeks to see if I can run 8-10 miles without falling apart, if I can—great. If not, I will try again next year.

I haven’t signed up for any other races until I assess how I feel after this one. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.

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Jennifer Lefforge March 25, 2019 - 7:26 am

I am so proud of you and excited for you!!!!!!!

kita March 27, 2019 - 12:58 am

This is exciting and a way for you to do you. Can’t wait to cheer you on


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