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April Recap

April had a few ups and a few downs. On the up side, last week I got my computer back so we are back in business, FINALLY! I am hopeful to get some posts up this week, so sorry if I clog your feed with some posts I’ve been working on for what seems like forever. On the down side, C wasn’t sleeping through the night for the last 2 and a half weeks. For about 10 days she’d be up 3 times, which was miserable. Then it dwindled down to two and one, and now last night she slept through again… so we’ll see how it continues. No sleep makes me a complete zombie and running went to the wayside. Running when you’ve only got 4 hours of sleep and can’t get out of the fog doesn’t sound fun so I didn’t get in a lot of running at the end of the month. It also has proved rather challenging with B’s schedule. Because he works a lot, I don’t have a regular set time he comes home and I can count on getting my run in then. I am considering getting a treadmill so I can run while she naps or in the evening when she’s asleep for the night.

I recently read something about new moms training for long races and some one said it’s almost an unrealistic goal. I definitely can see both sides. There are some days I truly feel like I am hanging on for dear life and running is probably the very last thing on my priority list. Other days I get in 6 miles no problem and feel awesome. That’s why I feel like committing to a big race is not in my near future and I’m okay with that. It took me quite a while to adjust to this new normal, but it’s a good new normal. I have accepted that training for a long race just isn’t plausible right now, and am enjoying the fact I can run when I get to fit it in.

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So onto the monthly recap. This month I only got in 20 running miles and 16 walking miles. Nothing to write home about but it is what it is. At the end of May, cross country will start up so I know I will get getting in miles at practice now instead of standing around the track!

C – well she’s on the move officially and she’s pretty fast already! Yikes. That was unexpected and happened all too quickly! She loves to move around and she’s developed such a big personality. It’s so much fun to watch her explore and entertain herself and she’s usually quite the happy little critter. She also recently dropped her third nap which is SO life changing! She can go a little bit longer between naps which is awesome because I can get a few more things done. She says Da-Da, still loves eating and screams at the dogs constantly, which is funny. She’s pretty happy most of the time which makes spending most of my time with her enjoyable!

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My goals for April were to do 3 strength training workouts a week – I did actually complete this, kind of! I ended up with 2 workouts a week, and it was REALLY hard the first few times. I did a sit up, which I haven’t done in over a year… and WOW, that was interesting. I do feel like I’m getting a little stronger now though and have figured out a decent routine to do home workouts, so I will continue with these when I can. Running as we mentioned went to the back burner because no sleep = no running.

Fix my computer – Completed!

Wake up earlier than C to get a few things done for myself – This was completed to a certain extent as well. I always set my alarm for 6:15 am. If I end up waking up in the middle of the night with her, I turn my alarm off, but if she sleeps through I have no problem waking up early and starting my day. It really does help and I feel great having my face washed and my life somewhat together by the time she wakes up.

This month’s goals –

I’ve been working the past two weeks at eating really healthy, lean foods and not indulging as much as I used too. I know I’m not eating for 2 anymore or working out like I used to and it has taken my body and mind time to adjust to that. I want to stay consistent with this and keep eating healthy, because I’m still working to lose 10 more pounds. Perhaps by July.

Run 40 miles. I know running is a big key to my happiness and I need to set a goal, even if I don’t end up reaching it, working towards something is good for me.

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Finish track season with a good attitude and start getting organized for cross country so we can hopefully be a little bit ahead for the season! I love coaching so much and sometimes the days can get long, especially towards the end of the season, but I need to keep my head up and keep encouraging my kids to finish strong.

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  • Reply CJ

    Hi there! I can totally relate to the sleeplessness from my first child due to milestone developments, growth spurts, teething, etc. and like you I had challenges fitting in running because I didn’t want to be away from my daughter or take her out too long in our running stroller. We have a treadmill and that helps. I would run in the evening when she was asleep or my best running was when I trained myself to get up at 4am and start going to bed earlier. I found I had the energy for my runs and enjoyed the day more knowing I had comepleted it. Then if I got in another run later in the day with the stroller it was a bonus. I haven’t raced anything longer than a half marathon and followed a formal training plan because it doesn’t fit my life right now. We just had our second baby (boy) so I’m relearning how to fit running in between both their schedules and work. I just remind myself that races will always be there to come back to later on and I prefer more time with my kids right now than training like I used to. :) keep up the great work mama!!

    May 6, 2016 at 4:13 am
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