Running Along…

I recently read and loved the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. I recommended it to all my friends after reading it. Very inspirational. It makes you rethink what your body is capable of. It was simply a fantastic book—part discussion of biology and evolution, part discussion of running footwear, part nutrition, part character sketch (and there were some crazy characters!), and part dramatic race. I was fascinated to learn about this remote Mexican tribe with a culture of running and I loved learning about why human beings are built as we are….and I will never look at ultrarunners (who run 50, 100, and more miles at a time) the same way again. This book is going on my list of all-time favorites and I hope you’ll pick it up.

My baby turns 9 months old this week. By the time my first daughter was this old, I had run two postpartum half-marathons. I’m currently plodding along with my 2-3 miles, 4 times a week. And I’m okay with that. For now. I have been so focused on diet and nutrition lately that I haven’t been very concerned with exercise. Since we changed our diet, I’ve lost 10 lbs, and I haven’t changed anything else about my daily routine. Still, I want to get back to half-marathon shape. I’ve run 8 half-marathons. I had one all picked out for the beginning of October–my first trail half-marathon. But between moving states, caring for a baby and a toddler and adjusting to a new place, new friends….it just didn’t happen. I trained for my postpartum races with my first child using a jogging stroller. We don’t have a double jogger and we live in a colder climate now, so that’s out. My husband graciously bought us a home treadmill (I highly recommend the TRUE PS100) and it’s been awesome. The key is getting the kids to nap at the same time so I can run during nap time. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. I try not to beat myself up about it. It will happen. I need to pick a future race and train for it.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” ~Napoleon Hill

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