don’t call it a comeback

3 Apr

yesterday i ran a 5k. my first 5k since wigglers arrived 15w2d ago. and the first run of more than 2 miles in the past year. i had always imagined running through my pregnancy but with twins my dr suggested I refrain. so i did. i honestly believed that once the wigglers arrived i could jump right back in. i would just put the babies in bouncy seats while i hopped on the treadmill. Naps would give me time to get in a workout. it all seemed so perfect in my mind. what i neglected to account for was the human factor. the wigglers are – well- babies. they have their own agenda. and often two different agendas at that. two sitting in bouncy seats simultaneously is rare. napping at the same time would be miraculous. and even when these stars magically align i still need to throw on some shorts and running shoes and get a move on without disrupting anyone. we won’t even bother discussing the fact that i am usually too tired to even consider it. exhaustion and heavy equipment should not be near one another. some days its a wonder i can even work the toaster. nights could potentially be the answer but after diligently trying to get the wigglers to sleep for what can sometimes take over an hour usually i just want to eat something and perhaps read hook a bedtime story. so yes getting in a run has been tough. it’s good for me and i should do it more often. it clears my head and increases the love part of the love/hate relationship i have with my post pregnancy body (love what it was capable of/hate the belly that will seemingly never go away). anyhow i have run maybe 5 times in the past 8 weeks. all slow plodding efforts that consisted of a lot of walking. but it was slightly easier each time. so for motivation i registered for a 5k – it was the same event i ran last year (except i ran the 10k). and it turned out to be the last race i ran before i got pregnant. so it holds a special place in my heart. i went in expecting to run some. and walk some. and with the only goal being to finish. i woke up saturday morning after having been up 4x during the night not feeling super thrilled about the run. but once i kissed the kids and m goodbye and my friend picked me up something shifted. i was happy to be back at it. and so we ran. and didn’t walk a single step. things started to click back into place. and my head felt a little clearer. i wasn’t fast but i was consistent. i felt like i was getting back into my own skin. and i finished feeling a sense of accomplishment. so while it wasn’t really a comeback it was definitely a step in the right direction.

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2 Responses to “don’t call it a comeback”

  1. Meinemo 6 MonUTC2011-04-04T08:43:22+00:00UTC04bUTCMon, 04 Apr 2011 08:43:22 +0000 2009 at 8:43 AM #

    Just want to say congratulations. I haven’t had kids, yet I know how hard this is, even for someone who hasn’t been running in awhile. I hope you feel really proud of yourself.

  2. lis 6 MonUTC2011-04-04T12:01:42+00:00UTC04bUTCMon, 04 Apr 2011 12:01:42 +0000 2009 at 12:01 PM #

    so excited that things are slowly getting back to normal for you! i bet it felt great to get out there and do it! (omg how funny i just now got a comment from you!)
    i am considering some type of a couch to 5k program after the babies come. my sis is a hard core runner so it would be nice to have something to do together and something to help me hopefully get back in shape too!
    xoxo
    lis

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