Thursday, August 24, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Chaos

I know, I's Thursday, not Monday...but life is a bit hectic these days and my evenings are filled with more important things...

I have been running really early in the mornings while lil' man is still sleeping so as not to miss any time with him. Going back to work has cut our time together drastically, so I am making the most of the time we do have together.

Running early is hard REALLY hard, especially when I have to rush to get cleaned up and ready for work before he wakes up, and while he has been sleeping much better #Hallelujah, I have been having to get up and pump before I run in the mornings...which is never fun. However, if having to pump means I am getting 7 consecutive hours of sleep, I will do it!

Pumping before running adds an additional 30 minutes to my running prep, which means some days I am getting up at 4:30AM depending on how far I need to run...I try to make it back to the house by 6-6:30 so I have time to shower and get cleaned up by 7-7:15. Mornings are rushed and chaotic, but luckily AJ has some flexibility in his schedule and understands how important running is to me.

There have definitely been moments where I think about how much easier it would be to quit...and honestly, that is still where I am right now. The beginning of the school year is always crazy and exhausting...add to that marathon training and a 5 mo old and you have a 3-ring circus ;)

While I definitely have moments where I doubt myself...there have been moments where I remember WHY I am doing this. Last weekend I ran my longest run in over a year and I have to say it felt great! I went out planning to run 12, but miscalculated my route and ended up running 13.1 instead. That impromptu half-marathon was exactly what I needed to gain some confidence in my ability to finish marathon training and cross that finish line in November.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life Lately: July

Life Lately...what a blur it's been! July flew by much faster than I would have liked and here we are in August and trying to find our new normal...again! I started back to work last week and B started daycare for the first time. I meant to get this posted before heading back to work, but those last few days at home with my boy were just and my boy! I spent as much time with him as possible and even indulged in some snuggles during nap needless to say I didn't have much time to blog or do anything else #IDidn'tMind

Then I started back to work, blinked, and here we are :) I feel like July was pretty low key...and yet again I didn't get many pictures of any thing but's like he is the center of our world or something?

In July...

We celebrated Ben's birthday with a backyard BBQ...and I only remembered to take one photo #facepalm

We hosted a 4th of July get together with our friends and family

We enjoyed the unseasonably mild July temps! 

We put the lil' man to work...with daycare starting soon he needed to start earning his keep :) 

We celebrated our buddy Theo's 2nd birthday, and B tried out the pool for the first time. 

B an I flew to Ohio to visit Great Grandpa John and our cousins.

 We survived another round of shots...although, I am dreading his 6 mos shots already! 

We capped off the month with our anniversary <3

We started off with dinner at Main Event....

Headed to the arcade...

and ended with the Gravity Rope course, which I was not a fan of!

Not the most exciting month...but definitely a good one! 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Back to School

It's not's not even's Wednesday. Wednesday at 5AM no less...

I went back to work last Thursday and honestly it's been a tough transition. I haven't worked in over 4 months and getting back into the swing of things has been harder than I thought it would be. 

B still isn't consistently sleeping through the night, and some nights he is still waking every 2-3 hours...add to that the anxiety of a new school year and my mile long to-do list and you have one tired mama. Luckily, last night lil' man gifted me with almost 7 straight hours of sleep...I am a whole new woman today...until about 2PM that is ;) 

When I first decided to run a fall marathon I knew the back to school crazies and this new season of life as a working mom would be my biggest challenge. How will I fit it all in?

My only option for fitting in a run right now is early, early in the morning.
B has been waking up around 7, which gives me plenty of time to feed him and get him ready for daycare, but that means I have to be ready by 7...which can be tough if I am also trying to throw in a run. It's only been a couple of days and I have already had to cut a run short due to a lack of time (and motivation) and I have a feeling this won't be the last time this happens. 

I am working hard to give myself grace in this process and allowing myself the time to get adjusted. A new school year is always tough...and throwing in a new baby and marathon training surely isn't going to make it easier :) 

And while marathon training is important to family and spending time with B is more important. There will be days where something's gotta give...and that something will never be Bennett. I am prepared for some shortened (or missed) training runs and lots of flexibility with my training plan and hopefully over the next few weeks I can find my groove...and B will start to consistently sleep through the night #FingersCrossed
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#MarathonMonday: The Declaration's happening and today it's officially official...

I am running a marathon :) 

I signed up weeks ago, but haven't said much about it to anyone...because to tell you the truth I was scared. I was scared to make the declaration and HAVE to follow through with it. 

I did sign up for a full marathon that also has a half-marathon option and while I tell myself that if I am not ready I can always drop down to the half...but that's a lie. Once I say I am going to do something on this little ol' blog of mine it quickly becomes something I NEED to do ;) That's not saying I haven't failed at a few goals or not followed through with some of my plans...but when it comes to running and this kind of feels like one of those things I will do just about anything to accomplish.

So there you have declaration. I, Heather Smith, will be running a marathon...and not just any marathon...a post-baby marathon. So while I have run 2 marathons before this, I have a feeling this will be a brand new experience. 

Training for a marathon is hard...add in being a mom, going back to work full time, and maintaining my sanity...I think I am in for the ride of a life-time!

To some it may seem silly to throw this in the mix at this time in my life...but with running, it's the struggle and overcoming not only my fears, but the challenges that make it all worth it. I am sure there will be tears shed and moments when I want to quit...but there will also be those moments where I feel strong, proud, and accomplished....and when I cross that finish line and see my sweet baby, I have a feeling I am in for a whole new rush of emotions...

As with my last 2 marathons I will be documenting my journey here, each Monday...or Tuesday depending on how crazy life gets come Thursday when I head back to work. I have been throwing around the idea of doing a vlog instead or in addition to my weekly posts...but I am not sure. I tend to bite off more than I can chew and I can imagine editing videos each week may send me over the we shall see!

Until next week....