Yesterday I did a workout DVD during my son’s first nap, and I was even able to take a shower as well before he woke up! Score.
Later in the day I took him for a nearly hour-long walk while chatting with a friend on the phone. My son LOVES going for walks, and thankfully we had a break in the rain showers, so we took advantage of it.
Early evening has proven to be a challenging time with a baby. He’s not taking a third nap anymore, but he’s not ready for bed yet, and is probably going a little bit stir-crazy (like me!), so it’s always better if we can get outside for a bit before we start winding down for bedtime.
Today I didn’t specifically exercise, unless you count carrying around a 25 pound baby, and assisting him with learning to stand up. Oh, and I did a load of laundry. We had rain all day. Hopefully tomorrow it’ll clear up a bit so we can take a walk at some point.
If we could sit down and have a cup of coffee together, it would be easier to catch you up on what’s been going on in my life. But I’ll just give you the Cliff’s Notes version:
I had a baby!
And it is amazing, incredible, so so hard, and beautiful too.
Since this is a getting healthier blog, I’ll stick with what it’s done to my body. I was running up until June 2015. Then I got a nasty sinus infection, went camping, and came home and took a pregnancy test. Surprise! We found out on July 4, 2015. I started to experience morning sickness about 2 days later, and from that point on through the first trimester, I wasn’t up to doing anything other than going to work, dragging myself to the grocery store when we needed food, and then laying down. I suffered from nausea pretty much all the time, and couldn’t eat after 3 pm for a long time. I also had debilitating migraines beyond the first trimester.
I didn’t start feeling like I could get out and exercise for months. By that point, I was already getting bigger, so I didn’t feel like I could all of a sudden resume running. I walked and did some yoga. I also experienced a big aversion to green vegetables, but attempted to choke some down on occasion.
So, I gained some weight along the way, though I tried to exercise and eat with some sense of moderation (no nightly ice cream habit over here).
We moved about 1.5 months before my due date.
Then I ended up having an emergency c-section after almost 24 hours of labor in March 2016. It took me months to recover fully. My husband was KEY to my recovery. Emotionally it was very hard for me as well.
My father passed away extremely unexpectedly at the end of September 2016. I could say a lot of things, but basically my son has kept me going.
I have done quite a bit of walking with my son, and a little hiking. But now I’m starting to get back into running again. I’ve gone a few times, and it was hard to realize just how out of shape I’ve become; but I’ve been down that road before, and I will again. I have taken out the jogging stroller, and that’s a fun challenge.
I’m working on eating more vegetables and fruits, as well as trying to curb the mindless snacking.
In June 2016, 3 months after giving birth, I signed up for a half marathon taking place in June 2017. Well, that’s now only 5 months away. When I clicked the “sign up!” button, I figured I had PLENTY OF TIME. It doesn’t feel that way now.
I don’t expect a PR. As I always expect, I want to put forth my best effort. That’s my goal.
So, since the last time I wrote (an embarrassingly long time ago), I’ve run a couple of races.
A 10-miler at the end of October 2014, with friends, which I got a personal record on! Spoiler: my friends basically unknowingly paced me to a PR. And then I threw up several times afterward. To be honest, after that, I needed a bit of a break from running. I got a bit freaked out that I threw up, even though I knew it was just my bodies reaction to working hard, it had never happened to me. In high school when I ran cross-country, other people would throw up after a hard workout, but that was not me.
I continued to stay active doing other stuff, and occasionally running, I just didn’t train for anything. I saw that a local half marathon was going to be on May 3rd, so I trained for 9 weeks for that. This was my third half marathon. I got another personal record, which I am super proud of!
Especially since I got a nasty sinus infection during peak week, and I couldn’t do my last long run. I was feeling good, so I decided to push myself, and got in the 2:30 pace group to start, but after 5-6 miles, I decided it would be best to hang back and not try to catch them after every water station. I also didn’t want a repeat of how I felt after the 10-miler.
Since that race, I’ve been continuing to do Piyo a couple of days a week, for strengthening and stretching, and running 3 days. Last weekend I did my first longer run since the half marathon, almost 9 miles. I took it really slow, and just enjoyed it.
Also, baseball. I went to a game a couple of weeks ago, and I loved the light, the clouds, etc. A baseball game is just good fun.
How about you? Have you done a race lately? Had a good run? Been to a baseball game?
I got some new running shoes last Friday (woot!), and I was putting them on Saturday morning and happened to turn them over to look at the sole more closely. Lo and behold, there is a hash tag: #findyourstrong. I smiled, then took a pic and instagrammed it. Then I headed out on my first 4-mile run in over a month.
As I was getting through mile 1, I started to think about the hash tag.
Find your strong. Find YOUR strong, I thought. Not somebody else’s strong. Not somebody else’s mile time. It’s not “somebody else’s” run, it’s MINE. Whether I run a 10-minute mile, or a 12:30 mile, or I have to walk during my run. Who gives a crap? I’m finding MY strong. And whether that’s “good enough” for someone else is really irrelevant.
So, here’s my encouragement to you: Go find YOUR strong. Whatever that looks like!
So I am feeling pretty bummed about my running lately. I started back last week after taking a month and a half off (I continued to do other aerobic activity, just took a break from running). I feel REALLY slow and it’s also really warm. I struggle with waking up early to get a run in, before the heat gets going too much.
I need to stop making excuses and just get out there and get my mileage in.
Today has been pretty great. I started out with a quick 40 minutes of jillian michaels’ “no more trouble zones” (free with amazon prime membership). Took a shower real quick and then headed out to hang with some friends for the afternoon.
We walked and ate Mexican food. Which is basically my favorite food group 🙂
I’m feeling better today (after my little bout with, what I believe was good poisoning), but didn’t push it as hard as I could’ve with the workout. I just wanted to make sure I’m feeling ok and not about to “toss my cookies” again. Ahem.
Tomorrow, I’m planning to attend BodyCombat at my gym again. Funny how looking forward to something like that can make an early-ish wake-up on a Saturday more palatable, right?
Plus the a/c was fixed, so it’ll be less sweaty and smelly. Last Saturday the a/c was on the fritz, so the room was basically a sauna after the previous class finished. I felt pretty bad for the class following us, because we worked up a good sweat (to say the least)!