Here we go, again.

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.

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