54 seconds shy = a HUGE Positive!

Post-Run nap for Alex

After a rough pregnancy week, I had no clue what to expect this morning as I set out for my 7 mile run. I’ve been struggling with headaches, all-day sickness, sleepiness and mid-night starvation wake-ups. Maute Moo must be having a growth spurt. I haven’t run in almost 2 weeks. I desperately needed a good run for my mental sanity.

As soon as I put on my running shoes, Alex starting going nuts.  I didn’t plan on taking him with me today, but he looked so sad when I said no.  I gave in, and he joined me for the first 1/2 of my run.  I knew I would need a bathroom break, so I figured it would be a good time to drop him off back at home.

Time hasn’t been a priority on my runs since I got pregnant. I just want to keep adding distances.  When I left for my run, I thought it would be nice if I could tackle 7 miles in 1 hour 30 minutes. I finished in 1 hour 30 minutes and 54 seconds! Mark that as a win on my training plan. If I can run 7 miles in an hour and a half, I can get close to run a half marathon in 3 hours PREGNANT! While time is not my priority, old habits are hard to break.  I don’t know many runners who aren’t aware of their time when they run. Time has definitely been on my radar lately.

I ran the Rock n Roll Half Marathon last year. When I registered, I had high hopes for beating my Shamrock half-marathon results.  That didn’t happen. After a wedding, honeymoon, getting sick with shingles, and struggling through summer heat, I never ran more than 5 miles after the Shamrock. I thought about not running the Rock n Roll.  A week before the race, my aunt discovered she had cancer again. This time it was breast cancer.  How could I sit at home on my couch on race day because I hadn’t prepared properly? I was healthy. It wasn’t my first race. I could give the race my best effort on that day.  To my surprise, I ended up running the whole thing.  It was slower than shamrock, but it felt like a much bigger victory for me. I needed it emotionally.

I ran the Rock n Roll half in 2:31:49.  If I can even get close to 3 hours this year after the crazy year of physical set-backs and pregnancy, I will be one happy mama! I will be one happy mama just to finish!

Last year's race! I am still running in the shorts!

Run? Done. House cleaning? Living Room and Bathroom done. Time to float in the pool and enjoy some crab legs!

Published by Kristy

Storyteller. Copywriter. Connector. Documenting the inhales and exhales of daily live.

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