If you have young kids, then you know that the only thing they’re really consistent about is being inconsistent. My happy little dude, who has always been fine with our babysitter, and really, never met a stranger he didn’t like, is currently going through some terrible separation anxiety. He cries when my husband leaves for work, he wails when we drop the girls off at school. He sobs when I leave- even if he’s with his dad, or our sitter who’s been with us since before he was born. We’ve been sitting together in the crying room at church and the gym hasn’t been an option- as soon as we walk in the doors of a nursery, he shakes his head and says, “Nope.”
I know this will pass, and typically, I’m pretty patient and let the baby lead on these things, but- (of course there’s a “but”) I need to exercise. I was excited to finally start running again, and had fallen into a decent schedule of treadmill walk/running and cycling on a stationary bike when the nursery meltdowns began.
A week passed without any workouts and September 1st arrived- the beginning of our #journey2amillion. I knew I had to do something, so I dusted off the jogging stroller and my garmin, grabbed a hat and some pepper spray, and off we went. I ran and walked just over 3.5 miles that day, the most I had done since the Nike half. A day passed and I went out again. I continued the next week, running every other day. I switched up my intervals quickly and I don’t want to bore you with all the numbers, but I started out running 15 minutes at a time, and yesterday, I ran a full 30 minutes without stopping to walk.
I am so crazy happy to be running again. My legs feel lighter. My mind feels lighter. And the best part is, I’m running for a cause this month- for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Most of you probably already know that we’re logging miles (and wearing yellow) all month to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
We’re doing good, and feeling good, and I’m feeling even better because not all of my miles are coming from walking or cycling. High fives all around!
I’ve also been taking yoga classes again. Do you have a regular yoga studio? I like to switch it up based on my needs. My Saturday morning class works because it’s an early morning power hour, so I don’t feel like I’m missing most of the morning. There’s an evening class at a different studio that I love for relaxation. And finally, a new hot yoga place opened in my city! This is a BIG DEAL because all of the other hot studios are at least 40 minutes away. They have classes later in the evening, which is perfect for me because I can get the kids into bed before I “Om.”
So, hooray for recovering from injuries! I’m grateful for consistent exercise, even if I’m surrounded by chaos.
The 90s are back. Whose closet would you raid- Brenda, Kelly, or Donna (Martin graduates)? How far do you drive for yoga? Check out our page for Alex’s Million Mile! There’s still time to join our team, or donate: http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1117658
What a great foundation Alex’s Lemonade Stand is!! Anything we do to benefit childhood cancer is worth it. Hopefully your little guy gets over his anxiety soon! Way to stick it out and keep pushing yourself out there with or without him!
I love seeing your smile and knowing that you are running yet again!
So happy that you are running again! I know how good that feels. I still struggle with IT band issues, so long distances (for the most part) are out. But, I love that I can at least get out there and hit the pavement. And, I don’t drive to my yoga studio. I walk. Ahhhh! How nice is that? I literally walk about 4 blocks (about .4 miles) to get to the studio. They are like family to me at this point, and it is my other home. All good things. All good things. Happy running and yoga-ing. Oh, and LOVE those shoes!
You absolutely inspired me with your pose-a-day pics this summer to get back to doing yoga (somewhat) regularly. Your practice is BEAUTIFUL! It’s awesome that you have a terrific studio so close to your house. My favorite studio is about 35 minutes away (ugh).
I’m glad that you’re running short distances. I wondered about your IT issues last week because I think you posted about a 5 or 6 miler and didn’t say you had a problem…hopefully you didn’t. 🙂
Totally thought of you and Finnley today, when we visited Disney, to do the Frozen singalong, etc. Come back here soon! Anna and Elsa are magic.
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