Archive for September 2012

A Mother’s Pace

Welcome to A Mother’s Pace. 

For a long time I’ve wanted to change the name of my blog. Healthy Mom on the Run was a good name but I didn’t feel like it really expressed what I wanted to share on my blog. It was kind of all over the place with posts about my real food journey, running, kids and family. I knew that my main loves were running and my family. So that’s what I wanted my focus to be. I continued to think about a new name and waited until I found the right one. 

My running habits have changed so much during my third pregnancy and it has made me realize how important running is to me. I really feel like ‘me’ when I am able to run with a fairly normal schedule. My mileage has gone down considerably at the beginning of this pregnancy but I am taking my time to really enjoy running when I am able to get out and hit the pavement. I appreciate it a lot more now that I’m not able to get out there 5 days a week.

Being a mother and running now practically go hand in hand. I’m able to run if things are going well with the children at home and I feel as though I’m a better parent when I take some time for myself to head out for a run. I am able to go about my day and enjoy my time with my two (soon to be 3!) children.


A 4 Mile ‘Long Run’

Can 4 miles be considered a long run? 


Definitely! Especially because lately my running is usually around 2.5 to 3 miles and not as often as I would like.

16 Weeks Pregnant
My Long Run was fantastic today. It was one of those runs where everything comes together and it all feels great. I walked out my door to a cool 60 degrees and realized that it was drizzling. I LOVE running in a cool light rain. 

I decided to start an out and back from my house which was a nice change from what I have been running lately. It means I get out of the loop of my neighborhood and run in a different area. My goal was 4 miles but I would turn around earlier if I was feeling uncomfortable or had to use the bathroom. That was my biggest worry of this run. Ahh, the joys of pregnancy! 

Needless to say I completed the 4 miles and other than a little stiffness in my  left achilles tendon, I felt great. I was extremely happy with this. Due to colds (mine and the kids) I haven’t gotten out for a run in 2 weeks! I’m not 100% yet but I decided the I WAS running today, even if my sinuses are still congested. (Maybe not the smartest thing in the rain…but it sure was fun!)

I walked for awhile to cool down after the run and then I came inside and stretched a little. I realized that I still felt a little tight so I decided to dig out my prenatal yoga DVD and try that out again. I’m so glad that I did! It really relaxed me after the run and it was great to take a little extra time to do some quality stretching. 35 minutes later and I was done. I’m going to try and add this to my workout schedule one or two times a week.

This run marked the first comfortable run of my pregnancy and I’m hoping that continues through the second trimester and maybe even the third. 

A Tribute and a New Start

My last post was over two months ago. Needless to say life has happened and my training plans have been highly altered. 


A Tribute and a New Start | A Mother's Pace
Photo Credit: Photogenic Chicago

My last post happened on the day my dog, Mika, died. That evening (after my post went out) Mika and I set out for a walk and Mika didn’t come home with me. We think she had a heart attack or a seizure. She wasn’t even 5 years old yet. She was my baby. 

A Tribute and a New Start | A Mother's Pace


Definitely a huge part of our family. 


A Tribute and a New Start | A Mother's Pace


She was my first dog (unless you count my dog Spot…I was under 5 years old and really don’t remember him except for pictures) and we are so heartbroken that it is difficult to imagine adding another dog to our family. I watch videos and see the joy that Mika gave the kids (and grown-ups!) and it makes me think maybe…someday…we’ll have another one. Right now we are adjusting to a quieter house and remembering the special moments that we had with our Mika.


A Tribute and a New Start | A Mother's Pace


She was wonderful with the kids. She didn’t quite know what to think when Little O was born but she loved him right away and was very protective.


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When Little A came along she adjusted even more quickly. I never would have guessed that our VERY hyper dog would be so great around little babies. 


So, I was (am) sad. I was still running but I didn’t want to write about running while I was sad. Then my running habits changed drastically. 


A Tribute and a New Start | A Mother's Pace


I discovered that first trimester running is TOUGH! Yes, we are adding to our family. Baby #3 is due at the end of February. I’ve never continued running while pregnant but this time around I decided that I wanted to try it for as long as I could. The first few weeks were great and then the tiredness and nausea set in. Waking up at 5:30 to get a run in before my husband went to work was not an option. I quickly went from running 5 days a week to 1 maybe 2 days. And my pace…my pace slowed way down, right away! I was surprised. I went from running around a 9 something average pace to a 10:30 to 11:30 and sometimes even 12 something average pace. 


Now I’m in the second trimester and I’m feeling a bit better. Instead of running my planned marathon in October, I’ve signed up for a 5K in the same race series. I’m hoping this gives me the motivation to wake up in the morning. I’m not sleeping well between 4:00 and 6:00 so I might as well get out of bed anyway, right? My goals for running are completely different during pregnancy. My first priority is the baby. I want to run to be healthy for my baby. I’m hoping that being more in shape at the time of delivery will help with labor and with recovery after the baby is born. I’m no longer running for a specific distance but instead for a time. Most days I head out and plan to run for 30 minutes. I try not to look at my pace and just run at a comfortable level. Now that I’m hoping to run a bit more regularly I will add a ‘long’ run during the weekend and just up the time to 40 or 50 minutes, depending on how I am feeling that day. 


Both the loss of life and adding a new life are emotional times and I’m so glad that I have running to help balance out my feelings. It’s amazing how much thinking time I have during a run and how much that helps me to process what is going on in my life on a daily basis. 

  

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