Happy October 1! It’s officially my favorite month of the year!
You guys, I did it. I FINALLY did it. I finally signed up for my next half marathon, #8 to be exact, and I’m equal parts excited as I am nervous. The race is exactly 7 weeks from yesterday, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. Even though it will be my eighth half marathon, if we’re being really honest, it feels more like my first. I’ve heard it said before that often times mother runners will keep two sets of PR’s – one set for pre-baby, and another set for after. And I can fully see why! Once you become a mom, and physically birth a tiny human, your body is forever changed physically. It’s really fascinating if you think about it, but also so very humbling.
It will have been almost exactly 5 years (Oct 2014) since my previous half marathon (and almost 5 years since my last full). FIVE years since I’ve taken my body 13.1 miles, ya’ll. That’s a long time! I never in a million years would have thought it would have taken me this long to get back out there. But when I think about all that I’ve accomplished in those 5 years spent “off my feet”, I’m reminded that it wasn’t necessarily “time off”. It was more so, time re-directed and for a whole new purpose.
I signed up for the Toyota Music Factory Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17 in Irving, Texas. The race will run throughout the Las Colinas area, on mostly flat trails. I considered doing the BMW Dallas Half Marathon in December, but it’s a pretty hefty penny (and a HUGE race!) and I knew I didn’t want to take up one of our weekends around Christmas. So, the Toyota Music Factory Half it was! This will be a week after Adam runs the Fort Worth Marathon, so he’ll be coming off of that marathon high, ready to cheer me on!
Last night, I officially began my training. My hope with documenting this training round is to be as real and as transparent as possible. I don’t know about you, but I always wonder, “HOW DO THEY DO IT?” How do other moms get it all done? What do they do with their kids while they workout? How do they have energy to workout? How do they find the time? As a full time working mom of two, I’m here to share exactly how that happens! I also plan to share how my runs are going, and give you an honest look at what it looks like to train for a half marathon when you haven’t run in basically 5 years!
I’ve actually had a few questions come through about how I workout in the garage, and where the kids are when I’m out there. So most recently, I’ve been working out around 6:30 AM or so for 30-40 minutes before they both wake up. Adam usually gets up to run around 4 or 5 AM, so as soon as he’s home, he wakes me up and we switch off. Usually, I can get my workout done before the kids wake up but if they do wakeup, he’s “on call” to get them and start breakfast or cuddle before I come back inside. Typically, they’ll wakeup anytime between 7 – 8 AM, just depending on the day, so as long as I get my butt out of bed it’s pretty doable to get at least a half hour or a little more in. I’m hoping to transition this into going to the gym to run, but we’ll see! If I workout after bedtime, I’ll go out around 8 PM or so, once I get Barrett put to bed and I can get changed. And if I workout any other time than the early morning or after bedtime, then I’ll usually just let Adeline sit in the wagon with our iPad, and Barrett hangs inside with Adam. Adeline likes “watching” me workout, so I don’t mind her being out there with me as long as she’s out of the way. Of course, all this to say, I’m no longer having to worry about breastfeeding, or living on that 3 hour schedule, so it’s definitely gotten easier! Hang in there mama, if you’re trying to figure it out too!
Training Run #1
5.1 miles / Treadmill / Sunday evening
*Adam took the kids to the grocery store, and did bath time while I ran at the gym on the treadmill for about an hour cumulatively. Once I got home, we tag-teamed bedtime routines and got the kids put to bed.
- Miles 1-3, steady 10:20 pace, run .5 mile, walk .1 mile
- Mile 4, 10:00 pace, run .5 mile, walk .1 mile
- Mile 4.5, 9:40 pace, run .5 mile, walk .1 mile
- Mile 5.1, 8:49 pace, run .5 mile
My strategy with this very first training run was to kind of test the waters, if you will. I’ve been running off and on over the past few months, but nothing that would really be beneficial. So, for run #1 I wanted to make sure I took it slow and steady, and feel it out. I know that I need to focus more right now on just being on my feet longer, and getting the miles under me, rather than running a very specific pace. I also started with a run/walk approach, which I think will help ease me into longer distances as I get my stamina and endurance up.
I would call run 1 a success, so on to run 2!
Wish me luck!