This is Going to be Harder than i Thought…

After my dramatic first run of about 4km last week I was sore for about 3 days. I didn’t want to push myself and get hurt-I still feel my looseness in my joints from pregnancy so I’ve just been walking everyday. Yesterday I finally got around to reading the latest issue of Runner’s World and there was a huge section on pregnancy and recovery-add that to an awesome first Mom and Baby yoga class-I felt completely inspired to try another run this morning.

I decided to sign up for a 5km race at the beginning of December in order to give me a goal to work toward. Nothing gets my butt off the couch like a challenge! I threw a training program together for myself so that I should have a strong 5km pace by then-10 weeks is more than enough time to prepare. I am starting off with 3km runs…quick and easy right?? Not so much…

I am very fortunate to have a treadmill in the basement-I am hoping it will help me get workouts in when I am home with Greg and the weather is too rotten to drag him outside and I am too tired in the evenings to go to the gym. I got the baby fed and changed, put on the only gym clothes I have that fit, got the jumperoo set up, grabbed my water, got my iPod….what else….oh, grab the baby! I was feeling pretty tired already from just getting ready to run!

It started off so well…Greg was happily looking around the basement in awe (I don’t think I have had him down there yet). I got the treadmill going and started my warm-up of a 4-5 minute walk and actually got about 6 minutes of running in before life happened. Greg decided he didn’t like being in the jumperoo anymore and wasn’t just fussing, but started screaming for my attention. “Ok…ok…” I tell him, “let mommy get to 1.5km and I will pick you up”. I do that and take him out and top him off with milk and put him back in. Within 3 minutes he is crying again and the phone starts ringing. It’s my mom who knows I am home and I know will keep calling back if I don’t answer-fair enough-I pulled Greg out to top him off yet again while talking to mom for a few minutes. I get off the phone, plunk him back in the jumperoo and tell him that i have to get this run finished even if it makes him unhappy. I felt like a rather bad mom, but I put in my earphones and finished the run while he screamed beside me…sigh…

I feel I did get a workout, I was sweating, but I wonder if the sweat was from the workout or from the tension I was feeling by the end of it. Luckily, Greg is so darn cute I wasn’t angry-just disappointed that my running didn’t release stress for me like it used to. It caused me more stress, but hopefully this was just a bad first try. I am trying to stay positive, however, the thought of going through that again makes me tired. I know I could run when my husband is home to look after the boys, but I dislike running in the evening when i am so tired and leaving the kids with him after he has had a long day at work. I just wish Greg could get in the habit of enjoying exercise with me.

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3 Responses to This is Going to be Harder than i Thought…

  1. Stephanie says:

    Amy – you are awesome! Greg will learn to love exercise time with his Mommy, and you will feel like the wonderful Mom you seem to be from all that I’ve read:) Keep it up!

  2. Christine Gordon Manley says:

    Amy,
    You should feel proud at managing to get any kind of run in amidst all these challenges! Also, this running is new to Greg, too. Keep at it: soon, he’ll get used to the site of Mommy on the treadmill and know that this is an activity you can do together. In a few months, you’ll be able to prop him up with all kinds of toys, books, etc. Think how creative you are being!

  3. Amy says:

    Thanks to you both for your encouraging comments and I’m sure you’re both right-he will enjoy it once he gets a bit older 🙂

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