Friday, April 12, 2013

Running is Hard Work

I am training hard for the Heels and Hills half marathon. I have about 3 weeks until Race Day and I cannot wait!!

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Most days I get up early in the morning and go for a run before Jon leaves for work. This is the best time for me, because I can run while Jon is home with Olivia. It's nice to be able to get out and spend some time by myself, before the rest of my day begins. It is ideal, but please understand that there are some mornings when I'm tired, sore, and just do not feel like getting out of bed to go for a run!

This morning, was one of those mornings, when I didn't feel like going for a run...so I didn't.

I'm training for a half marathon, so I cannot skip my runs. Each run is important to get my body ready for Race Day. So, just because I did not get up early to run doesn't mean that I was going to forget my run all together. Instead it meant that I had to rearrange my schedule so that I could get my run in before the end of the day. On top of that, Jon's going to be home really late tonight, so I knew I would need to take Olivia running with me.

After Olivia ate breakfast, we left the house to go for a run.

Honestly, it is so hard for me to run with Olivia! I'm not a strong runner and I use my arms a lot when I run, so trying to run and push Olivia in the stroller at the same time is extremely difficult!

Training for my half marathon has been hard work, but it is worth it! I have more energy. I sleep better at night. I feel better about myself, because I am getting in shape. I am also giving my body the extra boost it needs to lose those last few pounds of baby weight that I gained with Olivia.

Don't be afraid of some hard work! Maybe you don't exercise at all, so start small. Just remember that any kind of movement is better for you than none at all!

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How are you going to be active today!?

If you want to see the running schedule that I am following, please click here.

3 comments:

mrsmarkdave said...

Oh my. A half-marathon. I run daily (well...5 days/week), but I only go 2.75 miles. Sometimes 3. Whatever the final count is, my run is a quarter mile shorter because I cool down the last quarter mile. And I can hardly even do that most days.
So kudos to you. And I understand about it being hard to run while pushing a stroller. Sometimes, I lost my momentum just using my hand to wipe away sweat from my forehead.

Melissa said...


Your post is so inspirational! =)

Earlier today, my Son and I went for a walk in the Mall. Lets just say..that he walks much faster than I do..so it is "not a stroll"..at all! =)

Have a great weekend!

Kendra said...

running while pushing a stroller is a great way to add an element to your running that will just make your regular runs feel stronger :) hopefully it wasn't one of your long runs...keep in mind, pushing a stroller is almost like doubling your mileage if u are not used to it! I follow your blog and love reading about your training. I finished my first half last fall and am signed up for my 2nd on in the late summer. It's very exciting :)

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