“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Thursday, September 1, 2011

One Step Forward...Two Steps Backward

So, after my adrenaline filled jog with MiT on Saturday, I tried to do a solo run at home on Tuesday before Mark left for work.  I woke up, fed the baby.  Realized I was dehydrated, but also realized I only had about 40 minutes before Mark had to leave for work.  So, I grabbed my Nathan hand-held water bottle and went out the door.
Other than hydration - this time I did everything right.  I used my asthma inhaler, I fired up my Garmin and tuned in to my ipod.  Nonetheless - it was not a good run.  It felt like runs felt when I first started running - which tells me that  I've lost even more cardio-conditioning than I care to admit.  I ran a bit...had to walk....ran a bit more....had to walk.  Now, part of the problem was that I was going really quick (compared to my pregnant runs) on the running part - I'm talking 10 to 10:30 min/miles.  To compensate, I walked rather slow when I walked - about 19 to 20 min/miles.  For a beautiful average of around 15:30 min/miles.  UGH.

To add insult - my legs (calves) cramped ceaselessly due to my lack of hydration.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  And later that day - I spotted again.  (I'd finally stopped spotting post-birth).  Boo.  Boo.  Boo.  The next couple of days are air quality alert days - so no outdoor running for me.

I was supposed to start back into strength-training today with my trainer in the evening, but he canceled on me and kept sending me text messages about training in the morning...despite my clear indication that I needed a time when Mark would be home to be with the NEWBORN.  He doesn't have kids - and doesn't understand why I won't just get a babysitter.  Because I shouldn't HAVE to.  As much as I've loved my trainer and had intended to move in-house with him when my contract with the gym is up - I will most likely be asking the gym about training with someone else if we can't work something out....because who can leave this face?

On the positive side - my Amphipod hydration belt arrived today - I can't wait to try it and will post a review when I've done so.
I also have stumbled into the Emerald City Quarter Marathon this weekend.  I ran the 1st Emerald City Quarter last year and loved this race!  I'd been bummed that my due date was such that I wouldn't be able to do this race.  Now, I'm going to walk/run it so that I can say I've participated in every Emerald City race.  Hehehe.  It looks like the weather will not be nearly as nice this year - but I still can't wait - the medal looks awesome!

Until the next mile...


  1. Good luck on Sunday! I wish I could be there. I can't believe Adam is giving you such a hard time. Babysitters cost a lot of money and are hard to find! I love babysitting, but I work during the day.

  2. Oh dear, Mandy! I don't know how you do it when she cries!! Michael said, "What IS that?!" which has me laughing. Maybe we are not ready for kiddos yet? HAHA!

    You're doing great - right where you need to be! I can't believe you were out there with me today and I will always treasure the talks we had today on the course! You are an amazing woman and friend!

  3. Hahaha! At first - her cries broke my heart every time. Now, at 2 or 3 in the morning - Mark and I have to joke about it or we'll go INSANE!

    Update: Adam and I worked out a time. It's a little later than Mark would like in the AM, but it'll work.


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