Here We Go Again…Again!

For the last year or so, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that my plan to really get back in shape following my pregnancy and baby-having was to run another half-marathon. I took it a step further and committed to a specific half-marathon, which takes place on September 8th.

I’ve been saying this so frequently and confidently, that I don’t think I really realized what I was getting myself into.

Until today, the beginning of the 12-week training program.

For starters, WHEN am I going to be able to run? I have a 7-month old baby for whom I am a full-time caregiver, I am a sole proprieter, and – in all my spare time – I try to keep the household running smoothly and spend a few minutes with my darling husband. Oh, and read The Hunger Games.

Besides that, what am I going to do if I actually make it out there? I haven’t run more than 1.75 miles since last summer, and the training program STARTS at 3 miles. Of course, I could walk some of it, but you’re supposed to do in training what you want to do in your actual performance, and I don’t want to have to walk during the race.

Over the last year, I’ve managed to convince 3 other people to run this half-marathon with me: My sister, Friend #1, and J-Rock. My sister just ran her first 5k last month (her furthest distance to date); Friend #1 ran a half last year, but just  had a baby in MARCH; and J-Roc hasn’t run further than a 5k in his life, either (though I’m convinced he’s a natural-born runner). So these three people are committed to running this race with me, and all three of them reached out to me today to tell me that they ran and find out if I had yet.

The answer was no each time.

Until 10:00 this evening, when I finished my run.

I went out after I put Alex to bed, the only possible time to go today. I almost talked myself out of running a dozen times, too. But  I went, and I did the best that I possibly could, pushing through the hills, the cramps, the fatigue, and the boredom. I ran the whole way – slowly, but successfully.

I simply have to make the time. I have to push myself. It’s the only way if I want to do this, and I do (I’m pretty sure I do, at least, lol)

So there it is: Week 1, Day 1 complete! Huzzah!

Btw – Since it’s been so long since I’ve written anything here, I’d love to know if anyone is reading this so that I don’t waste my precious time writing for no one. If you’re reading this, please leave a quick comment here or on my facebook page so I know. If people care, I’ll do my best to document the experience. Thanks!

  • Melissa

    I’m still reading! I have a 10 month old daughter and have been trying to get myself into running shape again as well :)

  • Sabettcher

    Good for you Kimberly. Having both time and motivated at the same moment is something I struggle with as well.

  • Emily

    I’m reading! :) Also, I hear what you’re saying. Today Sammy is 1 and I haven’t yet figured out when the heck I’m supposed to squeeze in exercise. I’m just happy that most nights I get a healthy dinner on the table before 7:30 at night! 

  • CFF :)

    Glad you’re getting back on track!  I’ve started running races again for the first time since high school (almost 18 years ago) – I ran two 5Ks and a 5-miler since April, and am now gearing up for the Warrior Dash (5K mud/obstacle course).  Keep at it!

  • Alicia B

    You got this! It’s tough I know but like you said you have to make time. I will do my best to encourage you along as much as I can!

  • Jbbettcher

    getting back into anything is tough when you’re away from it for any length of time, but when you have a little one to take care of it’s even harder to find the time or energy to do it, so i applaud you for going out at 10:00 pm to run! keep up the routine!