and why won’t you come back?
Is it just me or is running hard for everyone? I remember running 5 miles and it being, not easy, but easier than it is for me to run 2 miles today.
I know I have a lot of factors to consider: I just had a baby (6 months ago, I can’t use that one forever), I was pregnant before that, I haven’t ran in over a year, consistently, and now I am pushing a baby jogger – which is actually light considering but the contents are getting heavier everyday. ;)
Even though I know it’s not easy making a come back, it is still so much harder than I expected. I feel so heavy and the funny thing is, I weigh less than before I was pregnant. So, I’m not heavier but my body sure feels like it is. I really try to concentrate on my form as I am running. I run better if I am paying attention to my body but I like to say hi to people I pass or I check out neighbors gardens (especially if I see succulents), and then I forget about my form.
One thing that has really helped me transition into running again is walking. I had a rude awakening when I headed out the door for my first run after getting the ok from my doctors to start exercising again. My body was like, “WAIT A GOSH DARN SECOND LADY, YOU WANT TO DO WHAT???” Really, that’s what it said! I don’t know why having to walk feels like you’ve been defeated but it does. So, I stopped. I didn’t exercise for a long time. I would try to get out every once in a while but when I don’t exercise regularly my body doesn’t respond well and then once again I would get defeated. A vicious roller coaster. With Little T loving the outdoors (clearly gets that from Kev) it made it easier for me to get out and walk. I didn’t think of it as exercise but after a while I noticed I was starting to feel a lot better and I was starting to get some baby weight off. I felt good! Then I started keeping track of how far I was walking until recently I’ve picked up the pace and now I’m running again! Not far but I feel better this time around because I started out walking. I started over without really thinking about starting over. ;)
It’s hard not having a running buddy but guess what?! I do have a running buddy. He’s 27 inches long and weighs about 16lbs and his name is Thomas Guillermo. ;) He sits up front and says, “Mush Mommy”. Well, not yet but someday he will.
I still have a long way to go with my running but I am glad where I am headed with it right now.
p.s. Kev, I did 2 miles today without stopping! ;)