Running: What’s next?

The half marathon is done! YAY for “accomplishing” goals.

Now what?

My immediate future is the wedding. We are less than 2 weeks away and fitness has been buried in the trunk. Any free time is spent with Jennie and when she is sleeping (or when I am commuting) I am doing wedding things. I never imagined that right before my wedding I wouldn’t be working out (AT ALL) but it is what it is.

AFTER the wedding, I only have one fall race on the calendar but hope to add a couple more.

Sunday 10/26: CGI Racing Perfect 10-Miler – I signed up with my MIL many months ago and had hoped that I would be in racing shape by then. As we all know, I am not, so I will just trot along to the finish and do the best that I can.

Now onto the important stuff…

I am registered for the Long Branch Half Marathon on 4/26/15 and I want to PR (< 1:42:42). This race holds a special place in my running heart, it was my first half marathon and my first full marathon. It is local to where I grew up and wonderful and gives soft pretzels at the finish line.

I am finally getting the urge to run (consistently) and plan to build a solid base over the next 2-3 months before beginning a training plan (I want to do a 12 week plan, which would start on 2/1/15). I am going to try to put together a plan myself mixing up some of the runs and workouts that I love the most that I feel helped me become a stronger and faster runner in the past. I am very eager and excited to add some speed and some long runs (but not marathon style long runs) back into the routine.

NJ Marathon 2011

First marathon finish!!!!

What is your favorite speed workout? I love 800m repeats and another favorite was 3 x 2mi @ HMP!

I can do it!

I have been waiting (and waiting) for the desire to run to return. Over the last few days it has. I needed to get out there and just move. Last night I made a promise to myself that I would head into NYC a little earlier so I could go for a run in Central Park before work. My alarm went off at 5 (same as everyday), I fed the dogs, nursed the baby, got her bottles ready for daycare, handed her off to Fizz and off I went!

It has been 10 months (yes, 10) since my last run in the park. I ran for an hour and it was everything I dreamed of. Perfect weather, comfortable pace and lots of life reflection (so deep, I know).

Central Park Running

The best part? I can do this every week. I can take one or two days and head in early to run in my favorite place before work. That makes me happy and my Friday even better :)

Where is your favorite place to run?

Dear Jennie (6 Months)

Dear Jennie,

You are 6 months old!

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I need to start by telling you that you are the absolute light of my life. You are gorgeous and loving and your smile is incredibly infectious.

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This month brought about so many noticeable changes in your face, voice, personality and strength. You moved up a size in clothes (now in 3-6 months and 6 months) and diapers (now in size 3).

You tried solid foods (so far you’ve had avocado, banana and sweet potato).

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You have 2(!) teeth (on the bottom) and you got your ears pierced!

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You love to stand on our laps and play in your exersaucer. Toys that light up and make sounds grab your attention for many moments. You can sit for a few seconds without assistance and you do barrel rolls across the room. You are so strong and show off by doing planks and push ups with more skill than me. I am pretty sure that your puppy siblings are your best friends and watching you smile at them tops my ‘favorite moments’ list.

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You are still nursing so so well, and for that I am extremely grateful. We have a special bond that I never expected to want or need so deeply. Whether it is 2 minutes or 20, in the morning or in the middle of the night, I want you to know that those moments, just between the two of us, are incredibly special.

You are 16 lb 8 oz and 27 in tall. I know you are still so small but I can’t help but feel that you are growing too fast!

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So I enjoy every single moment with you. Time stops when you are in my arms. I breathe you in and remember how lucky I am that you are in my life.

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Happy half-birthday my sweet, sweet baby.

Love always,

Mommy