Last week was the first time where I feel like I returned to real training. Some substantial weekly mileage (22 – yes, that is substantial right now) and a 6 mile “long” run. I feel confident about the Philly LOVE Run (half marathon) at the end of March. Confident I can finish without keeling over, that is.
Fitting in runs and how I go about them has certainly changed since Fiona was born. Honestly, it hasn’t been too bad. Of course, she’s not mobile and sleeps all day. I imagine that I’ll have to get a bit more creative when she’s older (4AM runs?!). Back in the day, I was very creative about fitting in my long runs around my social schedule (and by social I mean drinking). Guess I’ll have to tap into that creativity again.
You run when you can
The luxury of running in the early morning no longer exists (for now, at least)! Instead, I hop on the treadmill whenever I can predict that Fiona will sleep for a decent amount of time (+1 for the white noise of the treadmill). Pre-baby, the thought of running in the afternoon – or worse, at night – was unthinkable. Now I relish any run…no matter what time of day it is.
Running clothes are my wardrobe
Since I never know when I can run I must be prepared at all times! I change into running clothes shortly after I get up (and brush my teeth, if it’s my lucky day). Thankfully my running wardrobe is far superior to all my other clothes (err, sweatpants).
Since I have big running plans this year and I know my body has changed with pregnancy I have myself on a strict “pre-hab” regimen of hip, glute, and core strengthening. These are all areas that have weakened for me during pregnancy. I don’t want pre-hab to turn into re-hab and derail any of my plans.
All runs are fast finish
Keep in mind fast is a relative term these days. Fiona will generally sleep for a good amount of time but I’m constantly checking for signs of her waking up. Once I see her stirring, up goes the speed on the treadmill. Might as well end the run on a good note!
Completely unrelated but Matt took this picture a few days ago of Hawk and Fiona. It’s too cute not to share!
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