Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Well, I ran my first 5K in a year.  In fact, the 5K I ran on Monday was the exact 5K I ran last year that was my last race since Monday... did that make sense?  Anyhow, it's been one year since I've competed in a race... was I ready?  Nope.  Was I in shape?  Nope.  Was it unseasonably cold?  Yup.  Did I walk?  Just for a few moments while drinking water at the aid station.  Am I sore today? Yup.  Did I get chaffage?  Yup.
The problem:  finding a routine to get back into running/biking.  While Joc and I were home for 8 weeks, running was not a hard thing to find time to do.  I just had to feed Patrick before going out.  Now that I'm at work 5 days a week, I'm having a hard time finding that time.  I realize I'm full of excuses, let's just say that right off the bat.  "I'm tired"  "I'm not a early morning (5am) runner" "I want to spend as much time with Patrick since I don't see him all day"  "It's too hot"  I've used them all so far.  Bottom line:  I have to make time for running or exercise- it's my mental wellbeing we're talking about here.
I have a jogging stroller, many people say I can't put PJ in it until he's 6 months old.  Lord! I don't want to wait that long!  I get out of work and home by 5 or 6 everyday, I would like to start going out after work.  After I post this, I'm going to google my jogger and see if they have a recommended time that it's "okay" to put a baby in the jogger.  (I don't live on dirt roads, and I'm not a speedy runner so it's not like he's going to be jerked around!)
All I know is:  I ran that 5K in 33:14, that's the slowest 5K I might have ever done... I need to get moving again and feel good about myself again.


TB said...

girl you got out and RAN. that in and of itself is an accomplishment. great job mama and don't beat yourself up....too much :)

Jen said...

Damn, woman! Quit being so hard on yourself!!! You know when I last ran a 5k??? About our junior year of HIGH SCHOOL! You rock getting out and doing that only 3 short months after having a baby! And screw those people who say you have to wait until he is 6 months... Those are the same people that say "don't give them a bottle or pacifier until they are a month old". SERIOUSLY?!?! Who actually does that?! (and if you say you, I might have to fly up there to smack you!) He's going to be fine! If YOU are comfortable putting him in that stroller and going for a little jog, DO IT! You know what is best for him and my guess, 50% of the time, you will be home with a sleeping baby and the other 50% of the time, he will just be giggling going for a bouncy little ride with his Mommy!
Keep your head up and go easy on yourself! :)