My first race since NOVEMBER (yikes!) is in 8 weeks! I am soooooo excited! I am running the MDI Marathon relay with my 2 friends (fun fact: runner's world voted it the most scenic marathon)! I've got A LOT of work to do between now and then. It's been 4 weeks since I delivered and a loooooong time since I have run. I am starting back slowly.
Once I stopped running during my pregnancy I would see people out running on the streets or go to races and watch and be so jealous of everyone running. I wished I was them and wished I could be out there too. I was frustrated that I didn't have energy to do much exercise and was rapidly getting out of shape. Yea, yea, I know I was pregnant and that's what happens when you are pregnant. In my mind it didn't have to happen. I know plenty of people that worked out straight through their pregnancy with no problem. I often thought "why can't that be me?" As I got toward the end of my pregnancy I saw people running and went to races and for once I wasn't jealous, I didn't care that I was standing there watching and not running...I knew this was not a good sign. Had I lost my excitement for running? Had my passion for something that had been so important to me when I was going through a difficult time suddenly gone away? Ugh! I just ignored it and focused on my pregnancy and delivery a healthy baby boy.
About 3 weeks after I gave birth, I was at my parents house rocking Ty and I had the urge to run! I was soo excited. I hadn't wanted to run in a long time. It felt good. I knew that 3 weeks was too soon to start running again so I had to make myself wait. All week though I felt like I wanted to go for a run. I saw people running on the streets and I started to care again. So this past Saturday I laced up my orange NB 1063 and headed out for a mile run. Granted I was slow and probably looked like someone who had never run in their life before, I was pretty stiff.
I have a pretty good training plan for my race and fingers crossed things go well. I am just so happy to have running back in my life again. I am so grateful that this break I took from running was only temporary and that I knew once I had my little guy that I could run again. I didn't have a disability that prevented me from running or a medical reason why I couldn't run again. I am thankful for my good health and that I can run.