Sunday, June 6, 2010

Marathon Training Starts Today!!!

Woohoo, I ran a mile. It was the first full one since my 32nd week, so almost 10 weeks ago. It was hot and slow but it felt great! We took Lucy in the Bob and she really seems to like it. I think she likes the motion and being outside. I'm planning for my first full marathon next spring, the Little Rock Marathon in March. That gives me 9 months so I can take it nice and slow at first. I'm hoping to get at least one, possibly two, half marathons in between now and then as well. I'm so excited to get back into running!

I ended up gaining somewhere between 40 and 43 pounds, and have lost about 20 of it so far. With the start of training, I'm trying to cut out most junk food...which unfortunately happens to be my favorite food group. I'm not going to be following any set diet plan, but just eliminating as much sugar and refined/processed carbs as possible, eating frequently and increasing the protein and veggie intake. I'm hopeful that the return to exercise combined with breastfeeding will get the remaining 20ish pounds off. My ultimate goal is to lose about 30 more total, to take me to 10 lbs less than I was when I got pregnant. I know it will not happen overnight but I'm ready to be a little happier with what I see in the mirror, plus it's a lot tougher to run with the extra weight. It's funny though, after going through that labor and delivery I have such pride in my body that the post-baby flab really doesn't bother me nearly as much as I expected it to.

Rich has been off this weekend, and it's been really nice to have a few days with just he, Lucy and I (off topic: was that grammatically correct? If anyone knows, please correct me if not because I always struggle with this particular grammar point and it bugs me to not know if it's right). He is a fantastic Daddy so far, changing diapers, giving bottles of pumped milk, rocking her when she cries and just doing all he can to help me out since she has to be attached to me so many hours of the day for nursing. I couldn't imagine going through this alone or with a less supportive and active partner. Lucy will be 3 weeks old tomorrow and it is flying by so fast. I'm trying to treasure every moment...including the middle of the night fussing, spit up on my clothes, poop in her hair and all the other wonderful moments that one day I know I'll wish I had to do over again.

Oh..and did I mention that I RAN A MILE TODAY??? Yeah, I'm a little excited about it.

16 comments:

Kristin said...

Him, Lucy, and me. Sorry. :) I'm a grammar geek.

Carolina John said...

9 months is plenty of time to train for a full marathon. You're in a good position to establish base miles with plenty of time left to increase the long run distances.

breastfeeding is amazing. it's so much easier to lose weight while Lucy's bob (baby on boob), the lb's just flew off of Kelley. Good stuff!

Rahel said...

good for you! that is awesome! i've done the lr half before and it sure was fun! hmmmm maybe i will join you ....hmmmmm that would be fun!

Pharmacist Erin said...

You are amazing! Your birth story was awesome. What a trooper you are! I was just in awe of everything you went through. I learned so much reading your birth posts. I had no idea of what a doula did. I'm so glad you went in detail of the whole process - the Eminem "Shake That" song made me LOL! Everything from the long hours to the popped blood vessels just had me in amazement. I'm glad y'all are healthy and adjusting well to the lil one! She's beyond precious.

Marlene said...

Wow, so impressed that you are already running! Congrats again on your baby girl. :)

Abby said...

Second grammar geek here... it's a blessing and a curse :)

Congrats on that mile!!

Alan said...

Grammar police are issuing a citation as we speak. Him, Lucy and I . I was taught to break it down into each person saying it, so to say "a few days with just he" doesn't sound right, nor does "a few days with just I"

Congrats on the running.

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on the mile!

I found it took me about 4-5 months to drop the weight with both of my boys, although many say nine months to put it on, nine to take it off. You may also find that the last 10 won't come off until you wean (not my experience but a lot of moms have that happen).

Good luck with the marathon training!

lindsay said...

i don't think i would have made it to the 6-week checkup either :)

hooray for running again! at first i was like WTF a marathon already? but then i felt a little less intimidated when you mentioned you were just getting a head start. whew. can't have you popping out babies and running marathons all at the same time here! ;)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOW! Good for you for running already!! Sounds like you're doing great, and things are going well, very happy for you :)

Ali said...

I have two friends who had their best (by far) marathon 9 ish months after giving birth. It's all those hormones!

Jess said...

By the time Norah was 9 months old, I had lost all the baby weight plus a few pounds, so it'll be no problem for you. However, I wouldn't say my "shape" is totally back to pre-preggo. Don't know how long that takes!

And, I don't want to come off wrong to comment about this, and not sure if I misread, but you're not supposed to RUN with a baby in a BOB until they're about 6 months old. She should be able to sit up pretty well on her own to have the strength and stability to go with you for a run.

Alisa said...

1 mile down, that's awesome!

9 months is a good chunk of time to build a base and if you have any setbacks you have plenty of time to figure out how to deal with them.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh how neat! I have always had this idea that should I ever had kids, I'd be out there with them in a bob right away. :) Like i have any idea what I'm talking about

Christy said...

Hi! I found your blog after googling compression socks and love it! Great job with your mile and congratulations on the new baby! I'm running my first full marathon in November and am super excited! I can't wait to read about your training!

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