Running

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I've found running again.

Slowly, but surely, I've found my legs. It started with the new year, well, kind of. You can't exactly say I started the year off on the right foot with running, being that my first run wasn't until January 17th.
My treadmill and I were just set up on our first date of 2012, by my husband. Love it.

But I've continued on, although I don't think I ran in February, and let me tell you, this early spring weather, has been an amazing motivator!
5pm #6 #marchphotoaday

I'm able to get some outdoor runs in on the weekend.
Short sleeve run in 50* weather. Yes please.

I've been working very diligently to get Ezra to sleep by 8pm in the pack and play in our room. Considering the fact that I never once successfully got Isaac to nap outside of my arms or sleep before we went to bed at 10:30pm, I feel very good about the progress I've made! However, Ezra usually only sleeps from 8:00-10:00pm and then wakes up about the time I'm getting ready for bed downstairs. I then bring him to bed with me, so that he can nurse the night away.

Regardless, this 8:00pm bedtime for Ezra and 9:00pm for Isaac has allowed me to start establishing a pattern of running at night, without feeling guilty that I'm away from them!
Before and after 4 miles. #20 #marchphotoaday

To be honest, a lot of my motivation to run was spurred by Gina's training for her first half marathon. Never in my life did I think that I would miss running, but after my first half marathon 4 years ago, it's had me hooked. Just hearing about her long runs gave me the inspiration to dedicate time and I was planning to find a September 1/2 marathon, but Gina got me thinking about a May one now and depending on how much I can increase my mileage in the next few weeks, I think I'm going to do it!

It scares me a bit to say that I'm going to run a half marathon again, because while I have the confidence gained in completing one previously, just typing out the fact that it was 4 years and 2 kids ago is very intimidating!

Do I have any readers who have returned to running a 1/2 or even full marathon after one or more children?

Circa 2008: Nadia, Tony and I at the end of our Grandma's Half Marathon.
2008 Jun 20 001

17 comments:

LC said...

Ugh...running. We aren't on good terms right now. I started off the new year thinking that I would train for a half in April. But I wasn't at 3 miles (well, not even at 1 mile) and starting from scratch didn't really work into the training program. So I am settling for a 5K in May and hoping to do a 1/2 marathon in October. Good luck, lady! You should do it!

Molly said...

I have never been a runner. In fact, I promised myself that I would never become one because I hate it that much.

But after the New Year I hopped on a treadmill and one night, out of the blue, I pumped up my pace and started jogging. Before long I was running for a twenty minute stretch! I don't love the way it feels when I'm doing it. But I DO love the way I feel afterward.

Right now, I'm doing a combo of running and a workout video. It feels good to do something for myself and for my health.

I say DO IT, Leah. Start doing 5ks again and maybe you'll do a marathon someday!

Julia said...

ooh, me!! I did a half 7 months after I had Truman and it was amazing to get that confidence back. I trained about half as much as my 'norm' and ended up finishing just as fast. You can do it, mama! I didn't take a full 4 years off between halves since I did one maybe 3 months before I got pg with Truman but it's totally possible to kick butt as a running mommy!

Laura T said...

I ran my first (and only, so far) half before I had my daughter. I have since done some 5Ks, a 10 mile, and I did the 7K on St. Paddy's day in Mpls. I love running and hope to another half this summer/fall sometime. If you can make the commitment in your mind, you can totally do it!

Holly said...

You can do it! I ran a half marathon when I was 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby. When she was 3 months old I started training for my next half marathon and from there I then ran the Twin Cities Marathon (last year) when she was 11 months old. It was so hard to find the time (and energy) to run! I found a very basic training schedule and focused most of my energy on making sure I could get the longs runs in on early Saturday mornings. My runs during the week were pretty minimal. I'm very slow, but my goal is always to finish and enjoy the exercise!

There are 2 new women's half marathons that are taking place in August/September. The "Women's Half Marathon" in Bloomington on 8/26. And then there is the "Women Rock" half marathon on 9/1 in Mpls. Both look pretty awesome!

Leah said...

You guys are so encouraging!

@Holly :: Thank you for sharing! A 1/2 at 16 weeks and a full at 11 months?! You are super woman! Congrats lady!

My great friend Kier got me going with the "Women Rock," but and I'll admit this is minimal, I hate the color pink! I have a really hard time justifying the $90 1/2 entry for a HOT pink running jacket. :(

Andrea said...

I just got strict orders from my PT that running is off limits.

But you can do it, mama! I'll be cheering from the sidelines :)

Megan said...

I definitely don't have any advice or words of wisdom...

I never liked running but recently started, as my sister has been bugging, or encouraging, me to run a 5k in the fall.

Have you looked to see if Color Run is coming to Minneapolis? They are coming to KC in June and I'd love to be ready by then, but I don't know if I will. We'll see!

Janell said...

You can do it Leah, and if you think you can't check out the book Hot Sweaty Mama's...both of those authors have numerous kids and lots of inspiration on how to be a great mom and great athlete.

My goal is to add distance this year but I also have to add biking because I'm doing my first duathalon too!!!

W said...

It's been difficult to get back into running. I did get a jogging stroller recently and now that the weather is warmer and we have more daylight, I'm planning to get out more. *Planning* being the operative word. I need to find the motivation first. But if you can find a way with two kids, so can I.

Sarah Louise said...

Good for you! I wish I could say I enjoyed running but I NEVER had...which I have always thought was a little odd since both my parents were HUGE into running when they met.

I'm also not sure I could workout that late and then go to bed...but I guess you gotta get it in when you can. I think the body is always able to adjust when you do something good for it :)

Adrienne said...

Running and I are on a break right now, but I really hope we get back together. Congrats on the consistency! Keep up the great work!

d.a.r. said...

You will pee your pants laughing at this, but I signed up for a 1/2 on May 19. Um yeah, less than four months from having Jack. I am a lunatic.

That being said, you can do it!!! :) I am so excited for you!

Bree said...

I haven't been through it yet, but I am tentatively planning on the Monster Dash 1/2 at the end of October. My babies would be about 5 months. I know it's crazy but running is something I love and I miss it so much right now. Hoping I can find time and energy for it. We did get a treadmill in September, so the nap time, night time, or early morning runs will be more do-able.

I say go for it!

christy bode said...

Did a half in fall of 2009 (after Connor, before Grayson), training for my second half in April!

Aimee said...

I'm impressed with your motivation to exercise so late at night! I have a hard time being motivated to do much of anything past 8 pm!

maydaygirl said...

you know I am girl! Not that I ever once ran a race before kids but have done 4 in the last 6 months (2 of them halfs) and have 2 more halfs in May! I am addicted :) Can't wait to hear how it goes! which one are you doing? Come do the EC one!!!

 

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