Are we really down to the final quarter of 2014? I remember feeling like it was so long until baby J’s due date, and suddenly she’s just about two months old!
So let’s see how things are going…
I’m thankful I was able to run through my pregnancy including 4 (very slow) miles the morning of her birth day. I ran a few pregnant races…
- 10k trail race (at 15 weeks and got 3rd place)
- Local 5k (at 20 weeks in 23:11)
- Garden Spot half marathon (at 24 weeks in 1:52)
I’ve been back to running for about a month, with my first 5k tomorrow! I have no goals for this 5k, but I would like to beat my pregnant 5k time, is possible. 🙂 And in the spring I’d love to finally break 20 minutes (pr is 20:01!)
I’m happy with my return to running, although I can’t wrap my mind around the mileage I was doing last fall at this time. I assume I’ll get back there again but I’m no rush. It’s nice to run shorter distances, a few times a week.
2) Cross train with spin, swimming and weights
This is slowing down a bit. It’s hard to get to the gym these days. I’m not comfortable taking the baby along yet, but I am mixing in weights and strength dvds at home. I’ve subbed two spin classes so far and hope to pick up a few more soon.
With my husband home for the fall, I’ve been able to pick up coaching again. I’m keeping my load small for now but will add more soon. It feels good to be ‘normal’ in this area! I really love it, so it’s not something I want to put on hold for months. But I’m definitely enjoying the quieter months before I ramp back up.
Personal & Family
We just moved the baby to her room, and it’s so nice to have our room back. I can now read before bed which I really missed! It’s worth the walk across the hall for those middle of the night feedings. Good thing she’s so cute.
After expressing some extra emotions the first month, L has been adjusting well and is back to her usual self. She LOVES her big sister role and she’s old enough that I can trust her with the baby. It’s been great when I need to hop in the shower or throw something in the oven because I can put the baby on the floor and know that they will both be entertained for a few minutes.
Baby J is starting to enjoy watching her big sister these days, especially when we put on music and dance around the room. It’s really sweet to see their relationship beginning!
Date nights are on hold a bit until we are confident in baby J’s routine and sure that she won’t wake up while we’re gone, but hopefully we can get out again soon.
Going forward, my goals are to build my mileage back slowly and carefully and to enjoy the races this fall (including tomorrow’s 5k!) The baby has slowed our lives down again, but it’s been a really good thing. I’m enjoying the extra family time and reeeeally love having my husband just a few flights away for this semester (his office is on the 3rd floor).
I’m feeling much more balanced than I expected to for 8 weeks postpartum. We lucked out with a more laid back baby this time around, and I’m a much happier (and more rested) mom than I was in the first two months with L!
Have you checked in with your goals or intentions for 2014?
What else do you hope to accomplish in 2014?