Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Little Extra Effort

Life has been a series of days filled with commuting, dissertation writing, potty training, nursing, laundry, and not enough sleep.  It's a good busy, but busy nonetheless and it's not always easy to handle it all with a smile.

One evening I was incredibly irritated and was debating just going to bed or going for a run.  My hubby encouraged me to go for a quick run.  I started out slow, but kept pushing the + button on the treadmill to try to run all that frustration and foul mood out in a quick mile.  At the end of the mental health mile I felt better and had done a mile in 9:26.  The quickest I've previously gone prior to that night post-baby has been 10:00.  I didn't feel spent; I felt awesome.

The next day I wasn't sore at all.  This made me realize I could put out a little extra effort in the workouts I am putting in.  My last workout I tried to put in a little extra effort for 15 minutes and ended up going 1.6 miles for 9:22 pace.  Once again, I felt awesome.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back In the Rat Race

I've put in a solid week back at work now and trying to adjust to the new normal.  We're still trying to figure smoothly getting through the choke points (getting out the door in the morning, dinner, and bath time), but the transition hasn't been too painful. 

I've ran twice in the past week.  I consider this a win.  We're waking up at 5am to get out the door before 6:30am to avoid traffic, so running in the morning would be a bit soul crushing.  So I've been trying to fit that in after finishing baths at about 7:30pm.  I'm looking forward to days with warmer weather and longer daylight hours for baby jogger runs with one or both kids after dinner.

I've discovered podcasts, which I try to save for mindless writing or pumping.  More on that later.  I feel the same way about this as I did when I discovered Pinterest or  Love love love!

Little lady just turned two months and I've been able to squeeze into the prepreggo jeans for two weeks.  It's not comfortable all the time, but I'm so happy to be getting back into normal clothes.  I was getting so tired of the maternity wear.