It’s Marathon Monday!

Today is the most fun Monday of the year. Good luck to those running the 2014 Boston Marathon! Can’t wait to run it again in the next few years!

2014 B.A.A. 5K

 

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The Post Baby Come Back Plan

Since I am back at the running game now, I figured it is probably best I formulate somewhat of a plan, huh? Otherwise, I’ll go out, run too many miles too quickly, and then most likely get injured. I don’t want to commit to certain days right now, since my priority is Grant, and not the amount of miles I get in a certain day. However, I do believe it is incredibly important to take care of myself, and have time cut out solely for me – that is what running will be – my time. Here is an overview of my comeback plan in a nutshell.

Post Baby

Physically

Run no more than 4 miles at a time for the first 2 weeks

Keep to an every-other-day running schedule

Incorporate cross training on non-running days if possible – yoga being a top priority

Stretch after every run

Reach 60 minutes of solid running by Memorial Day

Mentally

Don’t worry about pace – it really doesn’t matter how slow or fast I go – building up endurance is the main goal

Walk if I need to – I have always been an anti walker during runs (only for myself – everyone is different), but I plan to give myself a break for a bit.

Skipping runs is ok – just get back at it the next day.

Get in 1 run on the weekend all by myself. This means I need to ask someone to watch Grant while I have a little me time – that someone being Marcus. Exercise is important to us both, so having someone who supports me with this is vital.

The reason I am not being super rigid with a schedule is because I start a new job next Monday. It will be the first time in over a year I am back in the office setting, so I know it will take some adjusting. It is important to me to be very realistic with these goals, so I am making them manageable at first. I know there will be days I can’t wake up before work to run, and days I want to come home from work and just snuggle with Grant. After a few more weeks, I’ll reassess my current goals and then go from there, based on both my physical and mental fitness.

How do you come back to fitness after taking an extended break?

I’m Baaack!

I went to my 6-week post partum appointment yesterday, and I got the go ahead to resume all normal activity! Which of course, means I can get back to normal running. I couldn’t be more excited! The last time I really ran long and quick (for me) was the Kentucky Derby Marathon – almost a year ago at this point. What does one to do to celebrate an exercise clearance??? Well, go exercise of course!

Bob Stroller Running We had the most beautiful day here yesterday, and the evening was no different. Bright blue skies and a cool breeze to mitigate the high temperatures. It was glorious! Marcus and I went out for a nice and easy 2.5 mile jog. We took Grant in the Bob, and Marcus held onto Winnie, so it was a family affair. I am happy to say, Winnie got tired before I did on the run. I felt great! Looks like she took 6 weeks off of running too while I was healing up!

So what’s my goal getting back in running? Really, it is just to enjoy it. We are coming up on the summer months here in Tampa, so needless to say, there aren’t exactly any races to look forward to. I plan to SLOWLY build my base back up, and hopefully do so before the morning heat really sets in. I’d love to be able to run for about an hour by the time May finishes up, and with a slow build, I believe that is possible.

I do plan to get back racing this fall with multiple half marathons and a full marathon at some point – I’m just not sure which full marathon I want to commit to. I just know I really want to do one before 2014 is over. For now, I am going be running just to run – no Garmin or anything like that. Breast feeding is my number 1 priority, so I want to be very intentional about keeping my milk supply up. I’m just happy to be able to get in a few miles without a basketball around my belly ;)

What full marathon are you planning for later this year? Anyone have a fun one to recommend?

What’s On My Nightstand

One misconception I had before Grant arrived was that I would have a bit of free time. I mean, babies sleep a lot, right? So that should give me plenty of time to catch up on tv shows, read some books, and hang out. Ha! How wrong I was. When he sleeps, I have to juggle my priorities – taking a shower, doing laundry, and writing blog posts all top that list. I am still doing my best to read and spend some time for myself – even if I spend the time while I breastfeed with a good book. Here are a few that are topping the list right now.

Secrets of a Baby Whisperer

Secrets of a Baby Whisperer

I’ve read a few newborn parenting books, and this one is topping the list. Its all about how important it is to keep yourself, and your baby on a schedule from the very beginning. The schedule doesn’t have to be timed down to the hour, but what you do with you and the baby should be, so you have time for yourself, and your baby gets what he needs too. She operates off the EASY way:

Eat

Activity

Sleep

You

So far, I am really enjoying the book and really have been getting a lot out of it.

Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners

bigbook

I’ve enjoyed skimming through this book and getting back to the basics a little bit. The book is split into 3 Sections: Getting Started, Nutrition & Weight Loss, and Staying Healthy/Injury Prevention. It touches on just about everything a novice runner needs to know, and also comes with a plan to get to running for 30 minutes. It just came out in stores yesterday, so it has brand new tips and tricks.

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

I can’t even pretend like I have even opened this book to start reading. The parenting books have been topping the list, but I really hope to get to this one soon! Here is the overview – it looks awesome!

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.  

What’s sitting on your night stand, waiting to be read?

Disclaimer: Runner’s World sent me a copy of the Big Book of Running for Beginners. I was not paid for the review, and all opinions are my own.

Just Live In The Moment

Over the weekend, I was chatting with another mom and she asked me a question that really stayed with me. “Can you not wait until he is older?”. The only response I could come up with was No, absolutely not.

I guess she had a rough time when her son was a newborn. She didn’t like the multiple nightly wakeups, and just overall didn’t care for being the mother of a newborn. Something I promised to myself a few weeks ago was to not wish off any stage of Grant’s development. It is so simple to live in a world of “I can’t wait until X or Y happens”. The problem with that is looking so much to the future, you may miss some pretty amazing things in the present. It’s simple really.

Live In The Moment

This can be said with nearly anything. When running a marathon, the race isn’t the hard part – that’s the training. Having those 16 weeks of training teaches you a lot about yourself, both physically and mentally. You learn you can do things you never thought possible. Wishing off the training would be detrimental to the development of you as a runner. You learn something new each and every training cycle, no matter how many races you have run. It’s inevitable.

Just think about it – how many times have you wished away a bad experience for a good one? We all have. Here’s the thing – we all learn far more about ourselves (and others) through the trying situations, rather than the extremely easy ones. Appreciate what you have right now, in front you. Where else can you get snuggle times like this

Grant Snuggle

And hold perfect, tiny hands like this

Grant tiny hand

Right this second, that’s where. I challenge you to be fully present to what is going on right now, today! You never know what you may learn about yourself or others.

Do you live in the moment, or always wish for something different?