|Post run pregnant with baby #3|
Name: Jessica Hofheimer
Location: Reston, VA
Years Running: 11
Marathon: 4:35:09 (2010)
Half Marathon: 1:55:47 (2010)
10 Mile: 1:28:43 (2009)
10K: 54:48 (2009)
5K: 25:22 (2010)
Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon or 10 Miler.
How Many Marathons Have You Completed: 6
Race You Are Currently Training For: When I was pregnant with my third baby I signed up for the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler on which is today – my 35th birthday. I ran my first post-pregnancy mile when my baby boy was a little over 4 weeks old and I have been slowly building my mileage and core strength/stability since then (he is 9 weeks old now). I am not really following a training plan necessarily, but have gradually been increasing my long run on the weekend and fitting in shorter runs during the week when I can. Returning to running so soon after having my baby has been an incredible experience for me, full of ups and downs emotionally and physically. After every single run, I am sore somewhere. In some ways it is like starting over. My last long run was 8.5 miles at a 10 minute pace. I have been conservative in my return to running – not pushing myself too hard but not giving up either. My goal for this race is to run all 10 miles, no walking. I believe I can do it!
The next big race I am training for will be MCM. Before I got pregnant last year, I was ready to set a big PR in the marathon. Based on my fitness at the time plus all I learned in my RRCA coaching class, I was confident I could shave a good 20+ minutes off my current PR. I had to postpone this goal because of my pregnancy. I’m not sure what to expect with this year’s MCM, but my plan is to start to train for it and then see where my fitness is a couple of months from now and possibly set a time goal. I would L O V E to PR at that race … DREAM BIG, right!?!? ;o)
Race Advice/Tip: Never voice anything negative when you are racing! The mind is a powerful thing and the body will listen, so I am a firm believer that in order to have a good race you have to have positive thoughts. Sure, negative thoughts are bound to creep in but you have to move past them. Believe in yourself and let the race be an opportunity for you to find your limits and go past them – you will be stronger in more ways than you could ever dream. Do not ever give up! Also, engage your core muscles while you are running. Good posture = good performance (that is the Pilates teacher in me talking)!
Favorite Pre-Race Food: A banana and half a Chocolate Peppermint Stick LUNA Bar.
Favorite Post-Race Food: A veggie burrito from California Tortilla.
Fun Fact About Yourself: As essential as running is to my happiness, so is having a creative outlet. I love to draw and play with art supplies and to just be crafty. Somehow this hobby of mine has become a little business called Sugar Cone and it is a dream coming true! You can read about it here http://www.sugarconecompany.blogspot.com/.
How did you get into running: I was an athlete in high school and played soccer year-round for my school and travel teams. When I went to college I stopped playing these team sports and pretty much took up staying out too late, sleeping in and being lazy. After college I was out of shape and smoking cigarettes (eeeew!) and drinking diet soda all day long. I wanted to get back in shape. Two of my high school friends were training for a marathon and I was intrigued and inspired. I bought a book – “How to Train for and Run Your Best Marathon” by Gordon Bakoulis-Bloch – and read it cover to cover. That spring I quit smoking, quit drinking soda and began training for my first marathon (Philly, 2000). I replaced my bad habits with a healthy one: running!
How do you find/make time to train with kids: It is all about planning and flexibility, and of course it helps that my husband is incredibly supportive. He gets that running makes me a happier, stronger person. Right now most of my runs during the week are done either on my treadmill (with the baby in the swing next to me!) or outside pushing the running stroller. Some days I am in my running clothes ALL day and just cannot get the run in (I will be on the treadmill for 5 minutes, then the baby cries. I soothe him and hop back on the treadmill and 10 minutes later he cries again…) and I just have to be ok with it. I had two days like that this week. I usually like to run first thing in the morning but these days I just fit it in when I can – sometimes at night, sometimes at lunch…it just depends. When my baby is a little older I can take him to my gym which has great childcare. That will make a lot easier for me during the week especially in the summer when I have all three kids all day! On the weekends I do my long run on Sunday mornings while my husband watches the kids.
Did you run when you were pregnant: Yes, with my third and most recent pregnancy. The weekend I got pregnant I raced my fastest half marathon and was in great running shape, so I just kept running as long as it felt good to do so. During the first half of my pregnancy I felt strong other than some days with awful nausea or headaches. My goal was to just keep moving throughout my pregnancy – whether it was running or walking or a little of both. I stuck with it for all 41 weeks (the little guy was late)!!
Do you like running alone or with friends: Both. I guess it depends on the day and what I need. I love running alone – I feel like I get to know myself better when I run alone. I also love company and have formed the strongest bonds with my running buddies. My sister Jodi is the best running partner because we know when to talk and when to listen. Sometimes we just run silently for hours together. It is really wonderful.
Favorite Race and Why: Without a doubt, MCM. Washington is my home and I have spent most of my life here. The course is fantastic as it goes through neighborhoods I have lived, worked and played in so it is all so familiar to me. Yet it is also our Nation’s capitol which makes me so proud to be an American. The first year I ran it was in 2001 right after 9/11. I will never forget running through the tunnels around the Pentagon hearing ALL of us chant together “USA! USA!” as we ran – the sound echoed so beautifully and gave me the chills. For much of that race I was behind a firefighter who was wearing his full gear (on a hot, sunny day) and carrying a huge American flag. It was incredible.
|Post race with her daughter Abby|
Favorite Quote: Right now my favorite quote is “she believed she could so she did” … I don’t know who to attribute this one to (I saw it on a piece of art selling on etsy), but it is my current motto.
Running/Racing Accomplishment and why: I have to say my favorite running accomplishment is ever starting to run in the first place and sticking with it! Running is not easy, but the rewards are great. I am proud of myself for believing in myself and pushing through the aches and pains and the self-doubt. If I had given up during those early days I would never have found the great joy, peace and growth that running gives me.