Welp, today I’m 35. Like every year I think HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? Time needs to slow down or something.
I have to admit, 34 was a great year. I didn’t accomplish any major life or fitness goals – but I had a lot of fun with my family and friends, discovered a few new things about myself, and had a baby…
I thought about waxing on poetically about how 35 feels different and what it all meaaaaaans, but truthfully 35 feels no different than 34, 30, or even 28. So instead, I’ll tell you how I’m celebrating…
It started yesterday, with a trip to the Dr. for a pelvic exam and my Tdap shot. Woo – talk about a party.
Can you see the bruise? OUCH. That mother hurts – I’m actually having a hard time lifting my arm up!
It sounds weird to kick off a birthday with a Dr. appointment, but I also go the go ahead to start running. It didn’t look like my uterus was going to fall out after all.
Then I went to lunch with the person who started this whole “birth” thing in the first place, my mom.
Today, I enjoyed “sleeping in” (which means I snuggled with the babe until 8:30 in bed) and Starbucks coffee thanks to Dan!
Around 11 (after a frantic search for my workout hats – I had forgotten where I had put them!), I laced up and headed up to the gym for my first postpartum run.
The run went MUCH MUCH better than I expected and my uterus remained in tact! In fact, nothing hurt at all.
I mostly kept the pace at a 9:20 mile, taking a few walk breaks here and there – but I ramped it up a little at the end and run the last mile at an 8:00/mile pace. I know I could have kept going, but I didn’t want to push TOO hard. I have to say – it’s amazing how much easier it is to run when you aren’t lugging around a tiny human inside of you. Talk about perspective!
The best part was, of course, the endorphin high. I have seriously missed all of that adrenaline!
I’m now celebrating with a mimosa, while Evan naps.
By the way, there’s probably nothing better than the baby smushes and snuggles I’ve gotten from him today.
Tonight the celebration will continue with dinner at a Thai restaurant and Jeremiah’s for dessert with the rest of my crew. It’s a low key day, but I get to hang out with my favorite people, so I definitely can’t complain!
So, here’s to another birthday and a new running age bracket! I have a feeling, the best is yet to come 🙂