If I say it, then I must follow through…right?
So I’m saying it. I have set a new goal!
I’m going to register for my first half marathon! I have my eye on the Hershey Half in Hershey, PA this October, and I’m so excited about it!
I’ve always been a runner, but I’ve taken a lot of breaks. This whole “leftover baby tummy” is what inspired me to lace up my running shoes again, and I’ve been back at it since March, running consistently about 3 times a week. I’m definitely focused more on distance and endurance rather than speed, and right now I’m up to 5 miles, 3 times per week. And let me tell you, I feel like a million bucks after a good 5-mile run. I can’t wait until I can do 8, and then 10, and then even more! When it gets tough, I chant my running mantra with each step:
Strong mommy, healthy mommy. Strong mommy, healthy mommy.
It reminds me of my purpose.
Now, the not-so-great news. I’m nursing an injury. How annoying, right? I’m not sure how I did it, but I think I strained or maybe even tore something in my right shin. I had an X-ray, and the doctor told me it was a shin splint, but since he barely looked at it I just don’t trust that. Physical therapy starts on Tuesday, and I hope to get some good advice on how to avoid further injury. Until then, I’m bring very careful not to push my luck.
Like I said, I started running again in an effort to lose weight, but it’s become so much more. I feel healthier, more energetic, more relaxed, better able to handle stress and, well, just better overall. It’s amazing, really, what taking that hour a few times a week can do for a person’s overall health, both mental and physical. I feel like I’ve reclaimed my groove again after our recent pregnancy loss and months of being sick.
It’s a good thing, too, because the weight loss thing isn’t really happening. I lost about 2.8 lbs and then a big fat nothing. The number won’t budge. It’s frustrating, but I know not to focus too much on the number. While I’m off my feet, I’m using my sleek and handy new EatSmart scale to help me make sure my weight isn’t creeping up.
Maybe one of these days I’ll get the courage to actually stand on it.
So there. A quick little post about my latest hobby, and newest goal. Now that I’ve said it, I will do it. I promise.
What’s your latest goal?