three things

1.  Today is Day 4 of no processed sugar and no gluten.  Days 1 and 2 were hard for me but bearable because I had so much new resolve and determination.  Last night was SO HARD.  I ate so many grapes and clementines in my effort to stave off the urge to devour carbo-loaded sugary things after dinner.  I seriously thought I was going to go crazy and felt like I needed to go watch American Idol up in my bed instead of downstairs near the kitchen to avoid temptation, so that is what I did.  Sugar cravings are strong — this exercise of resisting them is showing me a lot about myself.  I’m hoping it will get easier with time, because ohmygosh I do not want to feel that way every single day of trying to do this.
2.  I’m racing a 5K this coming Saturday.  It’s the first 5K I’ve run since having baby Gus, who is 12 weeks old now.  I’ve decided that I’m going to give it my all and put everything I have out on the line for this race.  I don’t really love 5Ks compared to other distances – they are harder for me – but that is why they are good for me.  I’m looking at this race as a benchmark for myself.  That is what this year is about for me as I’m coming back from my pregnancy. I’m getting stronger and faster with each week of training and I’m working hard.  I WILL see results in my race times.
3.  My allergies are crazy right now – hello oak pollen everywhere! – and the post nasal drip that goes along with them makes me feel extra nauseous when I’m running.  I am a weirdo about medicine and try to avoid taking it unless absolutely necessary (especially while nursing my baby), but I may have to take something to get me through the month of May without my head exploding.  

three things

1. I have been able to run ever day this week.  Monday evening I pushed Gus in the stroller for a HARD 3 miles at a steady 9 minute pace.  It was hilly and hot but it felt so good.  Tuesday I was feeling depressed from a long day with little sleep the night before…I got outside with the stroller in the evening and ran 2 miles.  I felt like a big giant SLUG.  I was hoping the run would make me feel lighter but it just didn’t so I went home after 2 miles.  In retrospect I probably should have just taken that as a rest day but I needed the air and the time alone.  Yesterday morning I ran 4 miles on the treadmill while the baby slept in his swing and the big kids played.  My treadmill is in the play room so we were all hanging together while I ran.  I love when it all comes together like that – sleeping baby, happily playing kids and running momma all in one room together.

2. The kids are on spring break this week.  Funny how this is not much of a “break” for me.  I’m enjoying the lazy mornings but missing the routine.  Must think of strategy for summer!!  School is OUT in a little more than a month.  Yikes.

3.  I signed up for the VA Beach Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon on September 4th.  This was my first ever half two years ago and I’m excited to run it again.  This Saturday I plan to run another 10-12 miles for my long run.  Anybody want to join me??

three things: training thoughts and an evening run

1. Last spring I became a certified running coach through the RRCA.  It was a wonderful experience for me and I learned a great deal about how to train and race smart.  I was excited to put my new knowledge into practice for myself as I trained for the MCM, but a few weeks later I found out I was pregnant so I decided to wait for the marathon in 2011.  Fast forward about a year later and here I am, 2 1/2 months postpartum, getting ready to train for MCM.  I am excited.  Even though I have trained for 6 marathons on my own and am an RRCA coach, I really want to be coached.  This is a unique year for me as I am a nursing mom returning to running after having a baby and I also believe that I can PR.  So I have decided to sign up for the =PR= (Potomac River) Running store’s Distance Training Program this year.  The program starts on June 18th.  I cannot wait.

2. In addition to my running program, I have been thinking about other ways I need to strengthen my body.  I am doing regular Pilates workouts at my sister Jodi’s studio Reston Pilates about twice a week and also do the exercises on my own at home.  My gym also offers a strength training program called TNT and I am going to start that in early May, once baby Gus is old enough to go to the gym.  This will be two 45-minute sessions a week focusing on weight training in the gym.

3. It is a beautiful day here today.  The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the air is crisp.  The high is going to be around 70 degrees.  Pretty much my ideal weather.  My husband biked to work today and tonight he will meet me and the kids at the baseball field for Abby’s 6pm tee ball practice.  I am going to put the running stroller in the car and take Gus for a run during the practice.  I can’t wait.  The evening bed time routine around here is always SO much more pleasant when momma gets a run in beforehand.

Happy Thursday, everyone.  The weekend is almost here!!

three good things

It’s been an emotional week for me, filled with ups (sooo many blessings, so much love) and downs (hormones hormones hormones).  Here are my three things for today.

(1) I am not broken.  This is what Dr. Wong told me yesterday morning at my appointment.  I needed to hear that, because I am feeling really scared about and frustrated with the pain I am having and whether or not it is ever going to go away.  I’m afraid running could make it worse and I don’t want to make it any harder for me to heal than it already seems to be.  Dr. Wong is certain I should continue to run.  He does not believe that I am returning to running too soon and thinks it will help, not hinder, my healing.  Easing into my running combined with pelvic floor exercises and work on the Pilates reformer will get me where I need to be with time.  Patience and a positive attitude are necessary here – but I AM NOT BROKEN!

(2) I had reformer sessions at the studio with my sister Jodi both on Tuesday and today. How lucky am I?!  I brought my two boys (Gus is 6 weeks old, Will is almost 4 1/2 years old) and they hung out while Jodi worked me on the equipment.  Will had a snack, ran around like a crazy man and played on my phone.  Gus either laid on the floor or was held by my sister while she worked me through everything.  Seriously…this would not be possible – not any of it – without my sister.  She is there for me in so many ways.  Whether it’s encouraging me, believing in me, supporting me, laughing with me, crying with me…she is always there.  I am so grateful for my sister!!!

My amazing sister Jodi with my two boys.

(3) I have two really sweet boys who hang out with me all day long and I’m so lucky to get to spend so much time with them.  I love you, little buddies…thank you for being you!!

me with my dreamy boys

three things

1. Exactly one month from today is my 35th birthday and I will be celebrating by starting the day off with the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler.  That means I have one month to prepare for this race.  The furthest I’ve run since giving birth was close to three miles and that was almost 2 weeks ago.  My hips have felt tight and a bit off kilter so I’ve been nervous to do too much too soon which has led to me backing off and really just doing a mile or two at a time on the treadmill.  I’m excited about the race nonetheless – even if it means a run/walk combo to get to the finish line.

2. Because my hips have felt out of whack I am going to see a chiropractor on Saturday morning.  I have heard amazing things about this particular doctor and am excited to see him.  I feel like getting adjusted and realigned will be really helpful postpartum and as I return to running.

3. I still have 10 pounds to lose.  I am really looking forward to getting rid of these extra pounds and to fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes again!  I know I need to be patient and for the most part I am ok with it, but trust me I have my moments!!