It’s incredibly hard for me to wrap my head around this, but Evan is 9 months old!
He also loves wine.
I’m pretty sure my pregnancy with him (which, was pretty damn quick) pales in comparison to how fast these past 9 months have flown.
Hey remember when I looked like I was going to topple over all the time?
So how am I doing with running?
Well, I’m not necessarily back in marathon running shape, BUT I’m definitely back.
I’m not trying to brag here (wait – when I say that, does it mean I am bragging??), but yeah I feel like I never took a running hiatus or had a baby. Woooo!
That said, it may sound cliche – but I truly believe that it takes 9 months for you to (mentally AND physically) prepare your body to have a baby, AND that it takes 9 months (at a MINIMUM) to truly feel like yourself again afterwards. There haven’t been any a-ha moments — no breakthroughs or life altering events. No, it’s just taken patience, work, and patience.
And jazz hands.
It also helps that Evan is now sleeping in his crib (HALLELUJAH!) and most nights he’s up once, if at all. (I wrote this last night – and of course, he was up twice)
You know what this means? Morning running!
Note the time.
I know it sounds crazy, but I have really missed waking up to run. Sure, it’s hard to get out of bed, but once I force myself to up, throw my shoes on, and head out the door — it’s worth it.
Right now, I’m aiming for 5 miles two times a week with a long run on Sundays – and I’m hoping to up it gradually before marathon training starts. This means I’m currently running between 15-20 miles a week and while it’s low, it’s more than I’ve been able to squeeze in for MORE than a year. So it’s something — AND it’s consistent.
I’m also trying to increase my treadmill tolerance. You crazy people who can run for miles and miles on a treadmill… I want to know your secrets!! So far I’m up to 6 miles.
Those were some LONG MILES.
Oh, and what was that… marathon training? Yes, Chicago IS happening (I signed on with a charity — more on that later) and I’m probably going to sign up for Space Coast this weekend, so get ready for posts where I complain about how hot it is and how much my body hurts. It’s coming. Get excited.
Before marathon training starts though I have at least two more races — Best Damn Race Orlando and the Winter Park Road Race 10K. I don’t have any goals for Best Damn Race – other than to take really awesome race photos (since I signed up early they are FREE!) and to have fun. I WOULD like to PR at the Winter Park Road Race though — and I think I can.
Now that I’m feeling back to my “old self” again… I’m not sure I’ll be doing anymore postpartum running updates. But who knows, maybe something will inspire me at around E’s first birthday. OMG, how is that less than 3 months away???