Monthly Archives: August 2010

a first

This is probably a bit shocking – yesterday I ran pushing the jogger for the first time.  I am such a running snob that I have never wanted a stroller to hinder my run.  Thus, I’ve always run early in the morning, once Jon got home, when Mom could watch the girls, or with the team when coaching.  Living on Lookout, I used the hills as an excuse – especially with the double stroller – that’d be pushing 30 pounds of stroller with 60 pounds of kids – NO THANKS! (walking is fine – just not running).

Yesterday, while Sarah was at school, I pushed Cora in the single jogger – a mere 45 pounds combined.  I ran 3 miles, nice and S L O W and it actually felt better than I expected.  Hopefully after the 1st trimester I won’t be so exhausted and will start waking up in the mornings again.  Yet for now, it just makes most sense to run with Cora in the stroller on MWF – and I think I’ll get used to it just fine!

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out the window

In my last post, on August 2, I stated: I have 2 goals for the month – to not take more than 1 day off in a row, and to run at least 20 miles a week, hopefully 25-30 miles a week.

SO MUCH FOR THAT.  August has been my worst month in AGES – since before Cora was born.  Probably worst in years.

The 1st week of August was great.  I ran 27.4 miles and was feeling great and excited about a good month.  That was the week I was on Lookout.

And then.  A cold with serious chest congestion hit be HARD as soon as I got home.  I tried to run once that week, which was a mistake.  It made me get worse.  Over 2 weeks later, I am finally not coughing all the time, but my chest does still feel a bit tight.  I plan to run tomorrow for the 2nd time in 2+ weeks.

The other culprit in hindering my running is actually not a bad thing at all – but a GREAT, fun, exciting thing – baby #3 is on the way!!!  I am just over 8 weeks pregnant and have been feeling it – exhausted as can be and nauseous.

I do hope to run for a while in this pregnancy, as I did with Cora (almost 30 weeks).  Running while pregnant goes against everything in me as a runner – not matter how consistent I am, I will get slower and slower.   I have to stay focused long term – the longer I keep running, the easier it will be to come back after the baby is born.

This blog will probably suffer over the next months, as I’m not “training.” Yet I will still write from time to time.

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routine – take 2

I am a routine runner.  I’m sure I’ve written about this before – yes, in early June, right after Jon’s back surgery.

When my routine gets whacked out, so does my running.  I’ve been traveling with the kids for over a week now.  I’ve really been working on not taking more than 1 day off at a time (a stated 2010 goal was to be more consistent).   The travel has made that rough, thus making July have a lower mileage total.  I took 3 days off at the beginning of the month at end of our trip to Maine.  I missed 2 days mid month due to a crazy lightning storm and Jon having a crazy work day (2am-2pm, then home to sleep until dinner). I missed 3 days this past Saturday-Monday – 2 days of travel and then the 1st day at my sister’s house. I managed to run 2 days last week while there, but took 2 days in a row off.

I am at my parents this week, running in the most familiar place I know – the roads and trails I’ve run as long as I’ve been a runner. I’ve already run with my dad and the group of guys I ran with for about a year, until we moved.   The familiarity feels so good.  So I am making routine this week – a familiar routine in so many ways.

I have 2 goals for the month – to not take more than 1 day off in a row, and to run at least 20 miles a week, hopefully 25-30 miles a week.

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