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Time To Run: A New Commitment

Earlier this week I headed to the gym (WHAT!) and was bound and determined to knock out 3 miles. Adam has been absolutely destroying his workouts lately, most days getting in two workouts a day. He’s doing amazing and needless to say is really making me jealous! Used to, he loathed running and dreaded going to the gym, but now he’s killing it and is really proud of himself. It’s extra motivating now that he’s found his stride and is enjoying his workouts, and I’m itching to get back into my own rhythm. Which I’ve only said a billion times this year, so who knows if you even believe me this time. But, now that we’re past Adeline’s first birthday, I feel like I finally have the mind capacity and time to make it happen. So Monday night, I started.

Adam took bedtime bottle duty so I could go to the gym right after bath time. I think one reason I’ve been so slow at actually committing to getting back into the gym is simply being in denial that hardly any of my pre-baby workout clothes, fit. Like, seriously. They don’t fit. Was I just tiny before I had Adeline, or what because I don’t know how they were ever baggy. My tights and shorts are mostly fine, tighter than usual, but most of my tops are a no-go. At least in my mind they are. I think I’m finally sick of this being a sad, stupid excuse and I have got to actually get my butt back to the gym a few times a week or I’m going to go insane. I just feel like this first year of parenthood has been so consuming in every way that the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym when I’m already super tired, and then feel defeated because I’m now incredibly out of shape and just nowhere near the shape I was in two years ago.

IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THOUGH! This girl is going to run again on a regular basis, and not say she’s going to, and then not.

So Monday. I ran 3 miles. In under 35 minutes. And let me tell you, that is a huge accomplishment. I can’t even believe that running 3 miles in under 35 minutes is a big deal, but that’s where we’re at, so we’re going to celebrate! It’s embarrassing and humbling, but at this point, I really don’t care because you know what? I grew a freaking human, then birthed said human, then kept said human alive and thriving for a year, and that is a much greater accomplishment that being able to run my old 5k times! Yet. We’ll get there. I have no plans of popping out another baby in the immediate future, so I’m hoping to take this next year to get back into shape, take some time to myself, and enjoy our little family being active and healthy together!


^^^Wore my new Feetures socks! 


Mile 1 – 10:54 pace (LOL at that, but whatever!)

Mile 2 – 10:54 –> 10:13 pace (also LOL)

Mile 3 – 10:54 at first, then finished at 9:40 (Not so LOL, but getting faster! Also thought I might die. Wowzers that felt fast!)

I really enjoyed my run though! I walked for a few seconds between each mile, but other than that I just tried to take it for what it was and accept that I’m a turtle now and not get discouraged! I listened to my marathon training playlist, and it’s amazing how much your favorite songs can help!


I’m going to try and go tonight – I couldn’t go Tuesday night or Wednesday night, so I have to make time today and one more time before Monday. At least that’s my goal! I think 3x a week is 100% doable if I will just stop being lazy! As I eat leftover birthday cake and drink my second cup of coffee…

Wish me luck! From one mother runner to another – this crap is hard!

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  • Reply
    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    October 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I am right there with you girlfriend. I have tried-and-tried to start a post-baby workout routine, and I always seem to lose focus or have a lack of motivation after about a week. I see so many lovely ladies rocking their post-partum workouts and their fit post-baby bodies, and I wonder sometimes why I don’t have that same level of commitment and time management skills lol. Maybe we can encourage each other to find that happy fitness place again! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      It is so hard, I feel like I’ve tried 1,000 times but always seem to get busy or find other things I’d rather spend my energy on. We can do it!!

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    October 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    So proud of you for all you’ve accomplished this past year. You are my hero 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Love you!

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    Natalie | Never Serious Blog
    October 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    1) Feetures are my FAVE.

    2) SAME SAME SAME SAME. Weren’t those babies just born like 5 minutes ago?! Is it really time to be hopping back in shape already??? Oh, yikes I guess it is!

    I SO wish I had a running buddy who was post-partum nearby me! It’s such a unique struggle to not compare myself to the “old me” but it also makes little victories so much sweeter! It’s definitely getting a little easier and more exciting to run semi-regularly now that the weather is a bit cooler, and I just try my hardest to focus on where I’m at now V where I was 2 years ago (MARATHONS??? Was I really running marathons????) There’s something extra sweet about having a girl though, I feel like modeling any form of happy healthy exercise is beneficial! Even if it is turtle-paced. 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Yessss if I had a fellow post-partum running buddy it would make it SO much easier! And so true about raising a girl, such a great mindset to keep!

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    October 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    You can do it!!! Once you get into a good routine it makes it easier to get back out of it! GOOD LUCK and enjoy that birthday cake — you deserve it! Taking care of a tiny human is hard work!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you!!! So far I’ve run twice this week, so if I can squeeze in a run this weekend, I’ll be 3 for 3!

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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    October 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Congrats on getting back in there! Cant wait to hear about your journey!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Heather! I ran AGAIN last night!!!! I know, I’m shocked too!

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef
    October 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

    i’m right there with you! my baby will be 6mo old on saturday (WHERE has the time gone?!?) and it is just so hard to figure out the whole working out thing, esp as a working mom. with a commute. gahhh. but i’m trying! i signed up for a 1/2 marathon in the spring to motivate myself. fortunately i have a friend who has a 3mo old, so we try to run together on the weekends as much as possible. with two babies it can be hard to coordinate but that has been so helpful when it works out!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Yessss I think being a working mom makes it even harder!! That’s so good that you have a mom friend! That will be SO helpful! I bet you will rock that half – I’ve thought about a half too, I’d imagine finishing one now will be much, much sweeter than in years past!

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