This past year has been such a blur, in the best way possible. My life has changed drastically since having a baby. I don’t run as much as I used too, I don’t sleep as much as I used to and many of my days revolve around watching Daniel Tiger, Curious George, playdates and naptimes. Before I had Cora, I didn’t know how to take care of a child, none the less how I would be as a Mom. Over the past year there were many challenges, moments where I had no idea what I was doing, and I asked many, may questions, but we made it. There was a lot of unsolicited advice before I had her and throughout the first year and I guess that’s just how parenting is. There seems to be so much negativity and judgement that comes along with being a parent, and knowing your doing everything you believe is right for your child is so important.
Oh August… a month where I did pretty much nothing active at all and September… another month of nothing but healing. Because of a pretty bummer foot injury at the end of July, these past two months, were filled with doing a whole lot of nothing active. I couldn’t walk very far in the boot during the entire month of August and in the beginning of September because it was uncomfortable and also my doctor recommended I try to stay off of it as much as possible. It was really eye opening to see how much I usually do walk in a week, whether with B and C to the park, or with friends or just by myself in the evening to get out of the house. It was also a bummer because I couldn’t go to camp with my team and was very limited coaching wise.
Perhaps you noticed my blog was down for oh, a few weeks, and well… after quite a few hosting problems, I’m BACK! July was a semi good month, that ended pretty poorly. I started out doing really well at the beginning of the month! Up until July 29th… when I broke my foot running. Such a bummer, but onto the good stuff and when I was actually running.
I was at 40 miles for the month and running well. I had started back to running with the team and was feeling good, even if I was running slower than I had expected. I also had fit in 3 runs every week, besides the week we were on a family vacation, which I was happy with.
I also fit in an 8 miler, which was on target for at least part of my lake run during our upcoming cross country training camp that was to take place in August. The 8 miler was the longest run I’ve completed since having C and it was a great feeling to actually get into mileage again. It wasn’t easy and I definitely had to push myself mentally, but I felt really accomplished when I got home and I knew it would help build my base as I wanted to run longer mileage once a week.
Disclosure: I received the Bugaboo Runner for free. While I received the stroller for free, all opinions are my own.
Recently, Bugaboo reached out to me to test their new stroller, the Bugaboo Runner. It looked like a very interesting and different stroller than I was running with and I was very excited to give it a try. Because of B’s schedule I have to do 90% of my running with a stroller, so having a stroller that works excellent helps keep me motivated and wanting to go run. Some of the main features I found helpful are the reversible and reclining seat, the brake on the handle bar, and the fixed front wheel. There are a ton more features about the stroller I loved too, but these were what really made a huge difference when running with it.
I ran the La Palma 5K again this year. Normally I do the 10K, but with limited to not consistent running, I knew it wouldn’t be a great idea to try for the 10K, because I know I always end up racing… racing a 5K sounded a little bit more forgiving than racing a 10K. I was so excited to wear a few new Sparkle Athletic pieces including this new skirt and awesome leg warmers. Races like this are so much fun because they are small, easy to get to and this one is always very patriotic. I also grew up in the area so running where I ran in high school is always a good memory too.