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Lisa and I are declaring this “Thankful Tuesday”. We have a ton to be thankful for and neither one of us really takes the time to recognize that as much as we should. We have an amazing son (step son) in Elias and last year we were blessed with our daughter Alia. Most importantly we have our health and we are both passionate about improving it. And of course we have each other. When you find that person that makes every day that much better, do what you have to in order to keep them, Lisa is that person for me. I am very thankful to have found her, lol and that she puts up with me!
Well I know that we live in Atlantic Canada, and I know it is risky to suggest summer is just around the corner. However I am going out on that limb and saying “About God Damn Time”! Like many people I was out and about today and loving that it is sunny and warm. Also like many I didn’t even think of using sunscreen today. There is something that just doesn’t click till like June.
Many people are starting 2013 with goals of weight loss and exercise both good resolutions however many of those people should also be adding “get more sleep” or “get better sleep” to the list.
I decide to write this blog post today because I have a 10 month old and I KNOW TIRED. I can’t remember the last time I had a solid 8 hours of sleep without waking up. Alia is “sleeping thru the night” more often lately but I’m still waking up every few hours out of habit…apparently this is normal new parent behaviour.
I finished the first 2 run’s of my 5km training, 3.5km Monday and Tuesday and my lungs are still burning, but I did it. December 1st Santa Shuffle here I come.
I’ve ran a few times in the last 6 months (since having a baby) but Monday was the first time actually tracking my stats with my Garmin. It felt really good to be running again, but I could not help but notice how things have changed from my old running days, of course there is the obvious gasping for air and needing some walking breaks but also:
- Pushing a stroller is not easy; running with only 1 arm moving is going to take some getting used too.
- My breast are bigger and heavier because I’m breastfeeding, sorry, (too much info) but it really is a different feeling. I need a better bra.
- My heart rate was often in the high 180’s while on flat road, this is elevated for me.
- I need music to power my run’s but I don’t feel comfortable using 2 ear phones since I need to hear Alia, so I’m running with only 1 ear phone.
- My previous post run relaxing stretching has been replaced with a 6 month old who immediately wants out of the stroller when we enter the house and it seems I don’t get water before she gets milk.
You will never hear me talk about being a fast runner; my fastest 5km is 27 minutes and that is OK with me, I compete with myself and run out of pure enjoyment for the sport. I completed 3.5km Monday in 28 minutes, this included about 4 short walking breaks and a few stops to pick up a toy that Alia thru out of the stroller. I know my time will get faster as I run more however this being my first race in over 1 year I am not focusing on time at all. Since there is only 5 weeks before race day focusing on fast times will only stress me out. My goal for my first post-partum race is simply to finish and feel good afterwards, if that means taking a few walking breaks, then so be it.
Here is what my training plan looks like and my goals for the race. I teach a fitness class on Thursday and Saturday so that will be rest day’s from running. As I get closer to race day the 3-4km days will increase to 4-5km then a few 5-6km 2 weeks before race day. I don’t plan on doing any interval runs this time however I will incorporate interval (tempo) runs in any future training as they are an important part of training. I will be including a few hills in my running however the 5km course is very flat so I won’t go crazy with hill training. I’m not sad about that AT ALL
Monday – 3-4km
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 3-4km
Thursday – fitness class
Friday – 3-4km
Saturday – fitness class
Sunday – rest
Race day goals
- Not stress about my time.
- Take walking breaks if I have too and not beat myself up about it.
- Smile as I cross the finish line as I will be completing my first race as a new mom <– CRAZY
- Take an obligatory post run picture with the little miss. Seeing her little face at the finish line is most likely what will push me to finish.
I’m very excited to be running again; yes it’s hard to feel like I’m starting at zero. It’s hard on the head and ego to talk about letting myself be OK with walking during a race I mean I used to run half marathons and now I’m struggling to run 3.5km?…. but that’s OK and I will run my beloved 21km once again some day.
Stay posted for weekly training updates until December 1 race day and let me know if you’ll be joining me in running the Santa Shuffle.