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??
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!!
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|
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!!