2016… Here we go!

2016 - Here We Go! Running GoalsA fresh start is always nice and there is nothing like a new year to set new goals with a new mindset. When I look back on my first post of 2015 – I had NO clue I was pregnant and it’s funny to see what I wanted to do this past year! It was a hard year for me running wise because I was sick for 20 weeks being pregnant and had to wait over 10 weeks to get the clear to work out again and I still don’t feel 100%. I also had to forgo the Boston Marathon, a dream that I qualified for, which made the first half of the year very difficult for me. I was angry that I couldn’t run in general and so disappointed that I couldn’t run that race. Now that she’s here, I feel a lot better about missing it but do have hopes to qualify again and NOT get pregnant before the race ;)

Over 2014 and some of 2015, I have found what kind of running mindset works for me. Working to make each run count. I don’t do well running miles without a purpose. When I create a plan and goals I keep “Running With Purpose” in mind because that is how I train the best. Even though in 2015 I only ran/walked 302 miles, I am happy I was healthy throughout my pregnancy and did what I could instead of giving up and laying on the couch all day.

In 2016 I want to focus on getting back into shape and not being scared of being sore or how out of shape I am right now. One of the biggest things I struggle with right now is just going to run. Once I’m out there, I’m usually fine. I can’t exactly pinpoint why, but every time right before I run I get so nervous and it almost gives me anxiety. I know I need to build my confidence in my running and believing in myself. I need to relax and enjoy the time I have alone, or with the stroller and be proud of myself for getting out there. Every thing will come back, with time. I’m going to break my workout/fitness/running goals down to be monthly goals instead of a huge daunting task. One big goal I have is to run the Lake at Camp in August with the Team. It’s a 16 mile loop at a high altitude and I really want to be in shape to enjoy that run and complete it! I missed camp this past year and am really looking forward to going with the team this year.

I know I’m a very competitive person. Example: When I had Cora, my doctor told me, “I think you’ll push for an hour to an hour and a half and you’ll have your baby.” I told him, “No, I can do this faster than that.” 30 minutes later she was out. When I first started coaching, I was so much slower. By the end of the 2nd season, I was running some of the fastest times of my adult life. Most of the time this competitive mindset works out in my favor, but sometimes, when I’m feeling down about myself, seeing other people run so much faster and further than I am running I get disappointed. It’s interesting because I usually don’t have the comparison guilt problem, but with running I do it to myself. I know I need to let that go and run for me and be proud that I’m getting it done.

I have also bought a few things to make it easier for me. A few cute hats to wear so that I’m not paranoid about my dirty hair when I don’t have time to wash it. Two new sports bras to keep things in check as I have a little bit of weight left to lose. A new armband for my phone so when I’m alone I have something to hold it and I can listen to music.

I know getting out there is most important right now, and creating reachable goals will help motivate me. I’m going to be writing more and tracking my progress so that I can look back when I’m feeling down and see how far I’ve come.

January 2016 Running GoalsSo my goals for January are:

1. Sign up for a race – I know this will motivate me to run more throughout the week and keep me from giving into the anxiety that I don’t want to do it.

2. Run 3 days a week – It sounds like a small goal but with our new schedule, I will be so happy to get out there and run 3 days a week.  My hope is to do 4, but I’m starting out with 3 with one of those being without the stroller and a bit longer.

3. Eat Healthy – this is hard for me because I forget to eat throughout the day sometimes. I need to get back into my routine of sandwiches, carrots, yogurts and smoothies!

4. Blog 3 times a week – Writing and running makes me happy. I need to blog more about my life no matter what I’m blogging about.

Here’s to a great 2016 and all that it may hold!

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Making running a priority for me

So I started running again. It’s been a slow go to get back out there and to be honest, I was terrified to start running again. I wanted to so badly but I was so scared to try it. Many people told me it would just be different, and it is. Just like with birth stories, it seemed like I heard all negative ‘getting back into working out stories’, which were a bit intimidating. I waited two and a half months and for a complete doctors clear to start back up again. It was such a foreign feeling lacing up my shoes, putting on workout clothes that I’d actually workout in and opening up my runkeeper app, but I just told myself that I could do this and to focus on getting started again and nothing else.

Getting back to running after having a baby. When I started I was really worried about not being able to control my bladder, which many people told me would be an issue. Thankfully, it hasn’t been so I am really grateful for that. I do feel my skin being more floppy, which is a weird feeling, and it’s hard to describe but my hips just feel loose. I mean a baby did jiggle things around down there, so I know it’s going to take some time to adjust to things and to lose the weight that I gained. I am really grateful I didn’t gain a lot but things have shifted.

Many people have told me that I look really great for just having a baby, and I am really appreciative of that, but I just feel so different and my clothes fit differently. It’s hard for my self confidence because I don’t feel like my old self and running is a whole new world. I don’t know when I’ve taken almost a full year off from it. When I run now, it’s a tad disheartening to see my pace and feel so out of shape because I am a competitive person but I know it will just take time and consistency.

Now, I’m looking to lose a few pounds and get back to feeling close to my old self. When I used to want to lose weight, I’d take extra time at the gym or when I was out running. It would only take away from B and I’s time and if he was at work I was free to do whatever I wanted. Now I have to plan my entire schedule around Cora which isn’t a big deal but just takes some extra time figuring out how it will all work. I also have been trying really hard to keep a clean home and stay on top of my work and chores so finding a balance has been something I am working on. Another thing to take into consideration is the STROLLER. Holy cow pushing that thing is way harder than I imagined. It’s so heavy! I love it but shoot it’s hard. I’ll be happy when she graduates from the car seat to being able to be in the stroller alone. I am very thankful B is home some days and that makes running easier because I don’t have to take the stroller.

Getting back into running after having a babyNow that I’ve run four times and my legs don’t feel as jello-y as when I started, I’m ready to start really getting back into running but one thing I thought a lot about on my run this morning is that I have to make it a priority. It has to be something I want to do and I have to carve out the time to do it. Right now it’s normally 30 minutes because I am sticking to running 3 miles. I have to take the effort to be in my running clothes when she wakes up and after her morning bottle off we go. I’ve been making excuses but I just need to do it. Sometimes just making it out the door makes me proud and I know I am at the point where I am ready to do this for me. I always come home from a run feeling so much better and I need to remember that when I’m prepping to get ready to go in the morning. It keeps me sane, allows me to think and makes me an overall happier person.

I’ve found that if I focus on time when I run with the stroller I don’t find myself as discouraged when I get home and look at the pace. When I run without the stroller, I want to focus on my breathing and enjoying the run and freedom.

I know I can do this and I know it will take time but I’m officially ready both mentally and physically to start getting back out there on a consistent basis. I’m sure I’ll be posting more consistently since no one else wants to hear about how my running adventures are going besides the internet. Here goes nothing!

Getting back into running after giving birthxoxo

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Running for Women Book Giveaway!

Running-for-women-book.jpgI recently wrote a book and now want to give you a chance to win a copy! The feedback I’ve gotten so far has meant so much to me and I’m so glad people are enjoying it and finding it useful. To be honest, I was re-reading some of it the other day and thought to myself, wow man, this is some pretty good stuff! :)

You can enter to win here:

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I’ll announce the winner on December 12th! Good luck!

xoxo

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Cleared for Take Off!

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 2.28.14 PMEvery time I open my closet, I would see these brand new running shoes wrapped up in their tissue sitting in the box. It’s been 10 weeks since I had Cora and it took me a really long time to be cleared for physical activity again. Add that into the time I took off from running while being pregnant and you have one ansty person waiting to get back out there. At first, I was really angry about the whole situation. I really wanted to start running again asap and it made me feel restricted. It’s been a long time coming and to say I’ve missed it is an understatement.

It’s been hard not being able to do something I’ve been able to do so freely and that I was looking forward to doing again shortly after I gave birth. You read all these things about how people are running right after they have their babies, but just like babies and birth stories, everyone is different and I just tried to focus on that instead of feeling so frustrated. I didn’t think that my recovery would take so long but I am glad I listened to my doctor and waited to get the final go-ahead. Finally, I got the okay!

So here we are… ready to make a comeback. I think.

Now… Where to start? When I walked out of the doctors office I felt like I wanted to just run down the street just to see if I could still run. I know I will have to ease back into things and make sure that I still listen to my body when I start back up. I think I will start this next month just running when I can and how far I feel comfortable with with no schedule, plan or certain mileage to hit. I’d love to sign up for a race in the upcoming months but I don’t want to put that pressure on myself just yet because I don’t know how long it will take me to ramp back up both endurance wise and distance wise. Maybe in the New Year we will see where I’m at and what distance I want to try first. I will say I’ve been itching to run another marathon.

Another thing for me to figure out is how to run with a stroller. We go often for walks, but I know running will be very different and hopefully Cora likes it! I know if B is home, I can always leave her here and head out for a bit, but I do want to be able to run if he’s at work as. This is all a new adventure.

Right now I’m just so excited to be able to attempt to run again and to figure out our new routine that will hopefully include some outdoor running time together! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! We have so many blessings to be thankful for this year.

xoxo

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2 months in and a few of our favorite things so far!

We are two months into being parents and whoa! Half the time I still can’t believe we have a child :) It’s been a fun, crazy, tiring ride so far and we’ve both learned a lot about ourselves and being parents. Pretty much nothing can prepare you for welcoming a screaming bundle of love into your home but I put together a few of my favorite things that have helped me feel a little more sane. Do I have any clue as to what I’m doing…  nope, but hey, we wake up each day and start over!

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Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.52.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.51.40 PMWe’ve had a good 2 months! Cora is great at sleeping in her crib and is already getting so big, I can’t believe it. I am still in recovery and cannot run quite yet, but hopefully at this next appt I will be cleared! In the past month we also celebrated Halloween, which was really fun. Even though she didn’t love her costume, we did. She does well in her car seat and seems to just love to cruise along with us, which is awesome. She takes her bottle and pacifier like a champ, loves to go for walks, and is starting to smile which makes both B and I very happy.

Onto the stuff that has helped keep us sane! Hospital stuff that helped a ton:

Kaftan – I mentioned it before but this made me feel better about myself while I was recovering and I love the photos from the hospital because I don’t look at horrendous as I felt. It buttons all the way down the back for easy dr access and is super comfortable.

Moccasin Slippers – I got some from Kmart for cheap, which worked out great because they almost looked like shoes, had a sturdy sole and I’ve worn them around the house so much since coming home.

Things that have saved our/my sanity:

Angel Care Monitor – This is a life saver! It detects movement in the crib so when she’s sleeping I know she’s breathing. We don’t have the video one, just the movement one and it allows me to sleep so much better at night knowing I’d be alerted if she wasn’t moving in her bed.

Veami Nursing Bra – This is the softest bra! If it was more supportive I’d wear it ever day.

Changing pad cover for messes – I had originally got these to go on our crib… then I realized they didn’t fit on our crib because our crib has a back section that doesn’t allow things to tie to the rails. I had already washed them so I had to keep them. I cut off the strings and use them on our changing pad as an extra layer so we are not constantly having to wash and change the changing pad. We tried the munchkin ones but they are so slippery on the bottom they move around a lot.

5 for $25 Gilligan O’Malley Underwear from Target – This is a huge piece of advice I would give someone. When you get home and are brave enough to try normal underwear again you’re going to want to put on the largest and most comfortable pair you own. I went to target and picked out the 5 for $25 before I had Cora and was so thankful I did. Then I wasn’t sad if my other underwear got ruined and had some big pairs to choose from. Because yea.. nothing can prepare you for that.

Pumping Bra – For some reason I thought when you pumped, the pumps stuck to you. NO. You have to HOLD THEM ON for however long you pump for… This was life saving and actually allowed me to do things while pumping.

Halo Sleep Sack – I thought I needed every swaddle blanket in the world. Turns out I needed sleep sacks! These are genius. She loves them, especially the fleece ones and sleeps so well in them. We have a light weight one for nap time and a fleece one for overnight.

Wellements Gripe Water – This seems to help when her tummy is a little upset and she really likes it.

Functional Burp Cloths – These are absorbent, easy to wash, and inexpensive. Hooray.

Hamper on Wheels – Best idea ever. Wheel it right into the laundry room. Unload. Wheel back.

Puj Tub – My friend Nina gave us this and I didn’t understand how it worked when we first got it but now I LOVE IT. She told me it’s so hard to bathe a slippery newborn and it sure is! It’s a necessity for giving sink baths and makes it so much easier. Cora loves to sit in it for up to 15 minutes and just let the water run over her. I call it evening spa time.

xoxo

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