I'm so glad to hear this update Smiles ! I've thought about you many times lately.
Do you have a running stroller? That helps a lot. Life is good here too. Nathaniel turned 1 on Saturday!! He got his shots today, which is why I'm at home on RM instead of at work.
He's the BEST. He's taking a few steps, and he waves, claps, and has a real sense of humour now. He loves his food and eats pretty much everything we eat, with the exception of spicy stuff. It's very, very busy and it's been an adjustment being back at work, but it's manageable. I have turned into a morning runner... never thought I could do it, and I don't like it, but it's the time at which I can guarantee that I'll get it in. Being motivated to do it is actually not hard for that reason... most days if I don't, a run doesn't happen, and the idea of that is worse to me than getting up early. I can sometimes get in an easy half hour stroller run after school, but if I do a harder workout I can't go to bed early enough. I leave school every day by 4, and I'm home by 5 usually. That gives me 2-3 hours of family time, which always flies by.
It's quality time though... no computer, no phone. I joined Goodlife so I drive there in the am early, run, and then go to work. The difficult part is that right now I have 35 min max to run, 40 if traffic is amazing, so I have to be really thoughtful about what I do. Last week traffic was bad and I only had 25 min, so even though I was tired and I had done a speed workout the day before, the best use of my 25 min was a tempo run. Eventually I won't have to pump for half an hour at home before I leave, though, so I'll have some more time. I'm running the half this weekend, and I'm very "meh" about how I'll do. In the summer I thought I could reasonably try to be within 5 min of my pb (so under 1:44), but now, 10 min would be great, lol. I'm feeling pretty undertrained! My two best friends just ran 3:23 and 3:24 respectively though in their marathons, and they were "predicted" to do about 3:33 based on their halfs... they just went for it. So that's inspiring me. After labour, I know I am much tougher and more able to suffer! I'm not putting pressure on myself anyway. Whatever happens happens.
Oh! I forgot to mention! I had a podium finish last month at my 5K! I ran 22:26, 43 seconds off my pb (well my timed 5K pb anyway... my first half of sporting life was 21:05 but that's all downhill!), and was the second woman. That was fun and motivating. I'm excited about running again, that's for sure.
"Don’t let negativity rent space in your brain for free. That is how you become a badass…by excavating her from inside you. You don’t have to become someone else. You need to identify the effing awesome parts of you that are your tools to work with, and maximize those." -Lauren Fleshman