Week in Re/Preview

Another good week in the books! (or… in the hard drives.)

dailymile record of training from 10/15 to 10/21 2012

In the last month of pregnancy I had this thought that I wanted to run 6 days a week. For the life of me I can’t remember why that seemed like it would be important right now. I was super tired after this week. I increased my run/walk intervals to 3 minutes running and 2 minutes of walking this week. And even though I’ve been getting a decent night of sleep, I’ve been extremely tired this week. I guess that’s just more reason to get my thyroid re-checked.

10/15/12 3.4 miles 10/17/2012 run 5 miles

For this week I’m not going to detract much from the running schedule that I did last week. Last week I assumed I would increase to 4/1 intervals, but I think I’ll wait another week to do that. For 3 main reasons:

3. I’m kind of tired
2. I don’t want to get overzealous and push myself too much, risking injury.
1. I start working again this week and Alexis starts daycare.

Scheduling is going to have to change now too. I am usually a morning runner, I like being a morning runner. But since becoming a mother, I have done all of my running with the BOB stroller, so there is another person involved. I have to feed that little person before we run. I feel more comfortable running when it is light outside when I’m with her, as opposed to running in the dark. Those conditions mean that I would have to start around 6:30 AM. If I’m going to be cleaned up and fed to take her to daycare and start working at 7:30 (and that’s pushing back the time I usually start working by a half-hour), that just doesn’t work! Fortunately we’re supposed to have even cooler highs this next week, so perhaps I have to become a late afternoon/evening runner for the next several months.

I have a feeling this week is going to be somewhat emotional for me too, what with leaving my girl elsewhere. I am fully anticipating a lot of tears on my part. And crying is draining, so if I’m tired and just want to cuddle with her instead of running, I’m willing to give myself that leeway.

I mentioned in my latest postpartum wrap-up that my digestion is kind of messed up. I’ve been drinking iced ginger tea each day to try settling my stomach. Yogi Tea is the brand I’ve been drinking and each tea bag has a nice little quote on the tag. This is one that I got recently:

Yogi Tea bag says: Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

It fits for training, but I think it also fits for parenting and other aspects of life. And I guess right now I need to give Alex the extra care that she needs until she is more independent and I need to give myself the compassion to let myself do that without guilt.

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