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A few days ago I mentioned that I am excited to be participating in two different projects related to health and fitness.

The first one is the Mezamashii Run Project from Mizuno, the makers of running shoes and gear.

From their website:

Mezamashii is the Japanese word for eye-opening, or brilliant. The Mezamashii Run Project is our
quest to deliver a more brilliant running experience to dedicated runners everywhere.

As a participant I was sent a pair of Mizuno running shoes so I could experience my own brilliant run.

Yesterday I had that run.

I took my Mizuno Wave Rider 15 running shoes

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and my favourite running partner

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and ran on my favourite trail that meanders along the Kettle River.

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It was, in a word, brilliant.

Or mezamashii.

The sun was shining and the air was crisp, making for perfect Fall-like running conditions.

It was the run I had been waiting for since having Teagan.

The kind of run that makes you want to keep running.

The kind of run that makes you realize that you can get back into it after being sidelined for whatever reason.

Here’s to many more Brilliant Runs.

Thanks Mizuno.

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It’s Friday.

I can’t believe how fast this week has flown by and if I’m being honest here (and that’s exactly why I’m here) I did not run at all this week.

It turns out that trying to follow a schedule, running or other wise, just doesn’t work for me right now. I had all the intentions in the world to go for a few runs in the evenings this week but little Teagan had other plans in the form of crazy long cluster feeds.

I was initially bummed out about it and felt like I was failing at being able to do it all. My motivation to run was there but I was having a hard time physically getting out the door.

Then my husband said something to me with respect to sleep that helped put it all into perspective.

You see, I haven’t had a real sleep schedule since Teagan was born either. I sleep when I can and if that means going to bed at 8:00 pm instead of the usual, and what I consider normal, time of 10:00 pm than that’s what has to happen right now.

Similarly I have to forget about following any sort of strict plan with respect to running and exercise. I simply must fit it in when I can.

And that’s ok because that’s what works for me right now.

I fully expect it to change as we all settle in to a routine and as Teagan gets older.

Yesterday that meant completing a 20 minute workout while the kids both napped. Maybe I should have slept too but in reality I was either going to work out or waste time on social media.

I think I chose the better option.

It’s tough to not compare myself to other new moms who seem to be able to fit in daily exercise. But then I remind myself that I also have a 3-year-old who demands my time and attention too making it that more difficult to fit it all in.

In a perfect world our whole family would follow the same schedule but that’s never going to happen.

Not now and not in the future.

So instead of beating myself up over it I’ve decided to just go with the flow.

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10K training plan

I am seven weeks out from the BMO Okanagan Marathon 10K happening on October 7, 2012.

The Hal Higdon 10K Novice training plan is an eight week plan giving me just enough time to prepare myself for the event. I’m calling it an event instead of a race because the only person I will be racing is myself.

We are still settling into a schedule around here so I’ll be following the plan loosely. I don’t want to add any extra stress to my mind and body by trying to follow the plan rigidly. I will, however, make sure to get in the three runs each week but will continue to use my 3:1 run/walk ratio until my body is ready to run the entire distance.

Cross training and strength will be easier to accomplish since I can do it at home. And while I have a treadmill in the basement I want to run outside as much as possible before the snow arrives.

Yes, I wrote the word snow.

Specifically, I want to run here as much as possible before winter even though it’s just as pretty anytime of the year.

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Today the plan calls for some stretch and strength, making today the perfect day to complete day 2 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.

I’ll also finally take my before pictures tonight. Whether or not I am ready to share them yet is still being decided.

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Running after baby

It was a little later than I had planned (read: it was a little darker outside than I had planned) but I did it.

My first post-baby run is complete and it felt amazing to be out there again.

I did a 3:1 run/walk ratio for 30 minutes plus a little warm-up and cool-down. I’ve decided to run according to time, not distance, for the first while to help build-up my base again and to avoid the risk of injury.

I was sweaty and it felt great. The #proof is in the picture.

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I can’t wait to do it all again!

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It’s been almost 2 weeks since Teagan joined our family and we are slowly getting into a routine. Andrew was home for the first week, which was awesome and made the transition so much easier. Now, we are on the tail end of my first week home alone with not one but two kids.

So far, so good.

Teagan is (knock on wood) a very happy and content baby.

Lincoln has been cooperative so far but we do notice once Andrew gets home he is more prone to tantrums. My theory is that Linc figures since there are two of us home then Teagan doesn’t need as much attention. We’re slowly figuring it out.

On top of it all I have been given the go ahead to start running again. This makes me excited but I have yet to hit the pavement.

I have a bunch of excuses for why a run has yet to happen and none of them are truly justifiable.

1. Teagan is still too young and floppy for me to run with her in the Chariot. On the surface this is in fact a very justifiable reason not to run during the day. Babies are fragile and their little noggins don’t need to be rattled around. But realistically, running with the Chariot scares me. I don’t know if I’ll ever run with it and for now I am breathing a sigh of relief that I can’t do it for Teagan’s safety.

2. I’m tired at the end of the day. Again, seemingly justifiable considering I just gave birth 2 weeks ago. But I know running gives me more energy so there’s no reason not to run.

3. I’m breastfeeding so I can’t leave Teagan’s side. This would be valid if I didn’t time things accordingly, but Teagan eats roughly every two hours giving me plenty of time to go for a 30 minute run before she needs to eat again.

4. The laundy needs to be folded, the dishwasher needs to emptied, etc. Such a lame excuse. These things can wait and besides, I have a husband to help out with household chores.

I really have no idea why I haven’t gone running yet. I’ve been wearing a new pair of Saucony Kinvara 2 running shoes on our daily walks and I definitely have the desire to run again.

Don’t you just love the glow of a new pair of shoes?

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Maybe it’s just a matter of getting it out there that will push aside the excuses. That and the fact that I’m registered for a 10K the beginning of October, and have the blog to hold me accountable, should be more than enough motivation.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also found out recently that I was accepted to participate in not one but two amazing projects related to running, health, and fitness (more on those in a later post).

Having said all this, tonight is the night.

I’m going for a run once Andrew gets home and the weather cools off. I’ll take a picture as proof to myself and all of you once I’m done and will post it tomorrow.

After all, I’m not going to make it to 26.2 sitting on the couch.

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It’s a girl!

Teagan Anne Simmonds was born August 4, 2012 at 4:20 am. 8 lbs 5 oz.

We’re both doing great.

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