Must Start Running Again

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.

NOT!

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!

xxoo

Jennifer.

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Weigh In – 7/6

Weight Change: -1.4 lbs

Starting Weight: 139

Current Weight: 130.8 

Goal Weight: 125

So today was weigh in day, again. Funny how they sneak up on you like that. But after attending a couple of BBQs for the holiday weekend and dealing with my new back-to-work schedule, I’m surprised I did so well. Honestly, I didn’t try that hard the past week. I still tracked, but I was also very lazy with what I ate (had my hand in the animal cracker bag too often). I really think I’m still losing easy baby weight (my son is 3 months old) and it’s going to get harder very soon. I need to buckle down and focus.

Today’s meeting was all about being assertive. Now I am NOT an assertive person. I’m very quiet. While I’ve become more vocal since having kids, I do most of my speaking up on their behalf and remain quiet when it comes to myself. This needs to change. I need to put on my big girl pants. ugh.

So in honor of being more attentive to myself, I’m listing out goals that I want to accomplish this week. If anyone gets in my way, hopefully I’ll remember about this week’s meeting topic and be a voice for myself.

Hopefully these goals will carry on to weeks thereafter, but…baby steps. 🙂

  • Don’t eat off my toddler’s plate.
  • Measure/count and track EVERYTHING.
  • Work out 5 days this week.
  • No Diet Coke or flavored sparkling water that looks healthy but isn’t because it’s also loaded with chemicals.

Next Thursday I’ll be back to update you all on my goals. I know I’m not perfect, but at least two better be checked off.

What goals did you set for yourself this week?