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.
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!
I'm able to get some outdoor runs in on the weekend.
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!
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.