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1. Glenn has this thing where if any type of clothing, blanket, towel, etc. is on the floor then he needs to lay down on it. Lately, this means the girl’s tummy time area gets confiscated by him.

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2. Andrew had to go fall some trees on the weekend on our way to town. Lincoln and I watched as he fell them but Linc was more than happy to help pile the wood.

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3. The boys room is finally done, which means we can finally move the girl out of our room. Hers is still a work in progress but its coming along nicely.

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4. We got crafty this week. I had visions of making ghosts but this is what the final result was.

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5. Tummy time!

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I want to say a big thank you to all of you who commented on my last post and through other avenues. Knowing that it happens to the best of us, and that I’m not alone in feeling this way, has made it easier to really focus on what needs to be done.

Having a strong support system in place is going to be key for me as I continue on this journey and I am grateful that you are all a part of it.

I would like to clarify though that running is not a problem for me. In fact, running is what keeps me sane as a busy mom to two small children. Yes, it’s hard to get out the door sometimes but that has nothing to do with the actual act of running. Running never feels like a chore or something that I have to do. Mustering up the motivation seems like a chore sometimes but that would be the case whether my choice of activity was running or something completely different.

I live in a small rural area. The closest gym is 40 minutes away and they do not offer any classes (which is what I would want to go there for). I have a vast collection of DVDs that I can use in my house, as well as a bike trainer for my road bike that is set-up in the basement. The only downfall to those two things is that I am still in my house. Running on the other hand allows me to escape the laundry, the dishes, the toys, the constant chatter (don’t get me wrong, I do love the chatter, just not all the time), etc. I either get to catch up with a friend or myself and that is something that is very important to me.

Running is also one area of my life where I don’t compare myself to other people, only to myself.

My favourite running quote is this:

“Whether it’s a 7-minute mile, or a 14-minute mile, it is still a mile.”

I may be slower or faster than you but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are both out there doing what we love and testing our own limits and capabilities.

Yes, I want to improve but I think that goes without saying. There is always room for improvement.

I don’t officially start my marathon training program until the end of December. I am taking the time until then to build up my base and focus on losing some weight. If I miss a run for some unforeseen reason I won’t stress about it.

My Mom arrives in a week from Nova Scotia for a 2-week visit. I am looking forward to being able to run during the day while she is here, as well as being able to take her to some of my favourite running spots.

I’m still trying to figure things out but I am facing it with a positive attitude.

And in the words of my friend Tara, I need to stop being my own worse enemy. Please take the time to read her post. For me and for yourself.

 

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This upcoming weekend I will be running my first race since the girl was born two months ago.

But that’s not the only first I will be experiencing.

This weekend will also be the first time I am away from the girl for more than a couple of hours.

Yes, I will be leaving my family at home while I run my first race with two of my friends.

Before anyone freaks out about the fact I am leaving my two-month-old overnight please remember that everyone’s situation is different. Even though I do breastfeed I also must supplement her feedings with a bottle. As a result, she will be fine at home with her father and I will be fine in a hotel with a breast pump.

The original plan was to get a hotel room and go as a family but my husband suggested I go alone for a couple of reasons:

1. He feels it is important that I get a bit of a break and time to myself.

2. It will be infinitely easier for our three-year-old to be at home than in a hotel room, especially when the girl requires attention.

I had to think about it for a few days because at first I felt bad about even considering leaving my family. Then I realized it really would be best for the reasons stated above.

We did a test run last Friday where my husband got up with the girl throughout the night for feedings. I still woke-up too to pump but he did all the bottle feeding.

Both of them passed with flying colours.

But really, at the end of the day, this is what is best for my husband and what he would prefer to do so I can run.

And the way I see it, he trusts me to be home alone with our kids so there is no reason why I shouldn’t trust him to do the same.

Besides, I’ve never met a person, male or female, who can handle the sound of a crying baby better than my husband.

Dirty diapers are a whole other story.

When you go to races do you prefer to go with family, friends, or solo?

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One week from today (Sunday) I will be running a 10K at the BMO Okanagan Marathon.

There are a couple of reasons why this race will be a special day:

1. This is the same event where I ran my first half-marathon last year. I will be retracing the first 10K of that race and I’m sure it will bring back some memories.

2. This is my first race since having Teagan. I ran one 10K when I was pregnant and although I have no time expectations for myself I would like to beat my pregnant-self’s time.

I’m not in the same shape I was a year ago but I am excited to surround myself with other runners, and to cheer on my two friends who are both running the half.

Even though I am not in the same shape as a year ago I am happy with the progress I have made with my running in a short time. The mere fact that I am running 4-5 times a week makes me happy and feel strong.

I ran 5 miles on the weekend and felt great. My pace is improving with every run (my pace on my Thursday night run was a full minute faster than my pace on my Tuesday night run) and I love being able to push myself again.

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I have been doing a run/walk ratio since I started back into running but my goal for Sunday’s race is to run the entire 10K. I know that being surrounded by other runners will inspire me to achieve this goal.

Even though the number on the scale did not change this week I am feeling stronger and more toned. My muscles are sore and remind me that I am moving in the right direction.

I am trying not to look at the big picture of how much weight I have to lose and this next big milestone is going to help me focus on the small things:

I have officially registered for my first FULL marathon!

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I am running the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon and just like it would be silly and discouraging for me to think of the end goal ( to run 26.2 miles) I can’t focus on the overall weight-loss I want to achieve.

I have to start small to end big.

Expect to hear a lot more about the marathon once training begins.

Oh, and I won’t be doing it alone. My friend Krista is joining me on the marathon journey. We live over 2 hours from each other but have set out a game plan that will see us running the same pace during our training. Theoretically, this means we will be on the same level come race day because we have decided to cross both the start and finish line together 🙂

A big thanks to Tara for sending me the marathon training plan she followed for her first marathon and for being such a big inspiration. The plan brought her great success and I know it will do the same for us.

Any tips for a first-time marathoner in training?

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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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