I love that I’m able to run again!
I love that building mileage has been fairly easy – last week I got in 4.75!
I love that it’s my favorite running weather – cool, sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny, wonderfully fall.
But I haven’t been running.
Leo is still waking up to eat every 3-4 hours at night, 98% of the time. He’s done 5 hours a handful of times, but they are few and very far between (the last one was about 2 weeks ago). This is fine and obviously what he’s needing (he takes a full feeding every time he wakes up at night), but it’s wearing on me. I am tired. Obviously, this is pretty expected for mom-of-a-newborn, but it’s definitely not helping me get out to run! I run best first thing in the morning, so ideally I would go around 6am. But most mornings I’m way too crazy tired to get out of bed, so I end up sleeping til 7:30. Then I get up, pump, and eat breakfast, because by this time I’m really hungry. Then Leo eats at 9 and I could run after that, but generally I’m either full from breakfast or needing to get showered and get moving for the day. The few runs I have done after 9 haven’t gone well anyhow. Like I said, I run best first thing, before my body wakes up. For some reason I feel more coordinated the earlier it is in the day. And just this week my back has started to hurt – I think a combination of weak ab muscles and picking up Leo’s carseat carrier in some not-so-back-friendly ways (laaame).
So what now? Obviously I really want to be running – I still have that half marathon by the end of October goal! But I need to rethink my schedule – either sacrificing some sleep and getting up early, or figuring out another time in the day to run (and making myself run through that awkward/clumsy feeling). This morning I got up at 7, pumped, had a little breakfast and hot tea, then went out and ran 4 miles. I was tired the whole run, but I was out there and I kept a just-under-10-minute pace, so that was good. And Dave was happy to stay home and look out for Leo in case he woke up from his nap. So maybe this new plan will work for now, at least until Leo starts sleeping longer at night – then we’ll reconfigure again!
When do you feel your best? Early morning? Afternoon? Nighttime?