Back in the day before kids and daycare payments, I used to run. A lot. I grew up going to my dad’s marathons and after visiting the Boston Marathon one year while I was in college, I decided to take running a bit more seriously. I ran around the cow pastures at Virginia Tech and spent hours on the treadmill in the winter, all whilst smelling the delicious Chinese food from next door. YUM.
Before I knew it, I was running marathons too. Huzzah! And while I was a moderately slow runner (I think my fastest time is 4:36), I was having fun and staying in shape.
Enter children. After my first, I was determined to run a marathon before my second kid arrived. So I signed up for a race and trained. The race was fantastic and I finished with a huge smile on my face.
The race was a disaster. DISASTER. Training didn’t go well because, ya know, I don’t have as much free time on my hands anymore. And my first son started to dislike strollers pretty early on. Dreams of being that fit mom running with a fancy stroller faded fast. So training was terrible but I still got through those 26.2 miles. It was hard. I walked a lot and melted into a heaving, crying mess when I crossed the finish line. ugh. At least I finished, right?
I haven’t run much since that race; it beat me down. But now that I’m almost 4 months postpartum with my second son, I have the itch to run again. I’m going in with a different mindset, though. I know I can’t dedicate hours to running anymore, so a marathon is out of the question. My schedule changes a lot, too, so I have to be understanding when I miss a run.
I’ve decided to follow the AnotherMotherRunner.com 5k Finish It plan. This plan is made for moms so it’s flexible. Love it! Hope I can stick to it for the whole 10 weeks.
The plan is to start on Monday, so I have a few days to mentally prepare myself to wake up early, before the kids, to get my run in. That’s around 4:30 am. ouch. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Let’s hope for good news!