Much Needed Family Time in New York

What. A. Wonderful. Weekend.

After a year of pretty much staying put in our house in Cleveland, we FINALLY made it back to New York to see my parents. My brother had flown in from Germany, so we braved the 8+ hour car ride with the two kids to see him and my parents for a quick weekend. We hadn’t been back to New York since December 2019 – it was crazy to think how much has changed since then. Not just with the pandemic, but even with our kids  — LM was still nursing, in a crib, in diapers, and not talking; FW could barely remember what my parents’ house looked like, and was hardly independent, etc. Oh yeah, and I was not 6+ months pregnant. It really seems like another lifetime. 

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It was a quick trip  – way too quick – but so great nonetheless. I got to enjoy home cooked meals and baked goods, quality time with my whole family, and even some runs with my brother. Here’s a little of what the weekend entailed:

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365 Days of a Running Streak

I DID IT! 

The week, I hit my 365th day of running in a row – I made it to one year! It wasn’t an easy feat, but at the same time, I can’t believe it came so fast.

if you’re a numbers nerd like me, you may appreciate the stats –

  • Days run in a row: 365
  • Weeks pregnant (Currently) 27 – this means I’ve run about half of the running streak pregnant!
  • Average run length: about 5.5 miles
  • Shortest run: 2 miles
  • Longest run: 13.1 (I did last year’s Cleveland half marathon as part of the streak)
  • Total mileage: about 2,002 miles

I can honestly say that I didn’t set out to run every day for a year. In fact, I didn’t start with the intent of doing a running streak. I don’t even remember at what day that I realized I had started streaking. I do remember at day 100 thinking, wow, this is cool! Even at day 200 I didn’t have my sights set on 365. But as the day got closer and closer, I thought, “What if?”

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1 More Week

In one week, I’ll have completed 365 days of my running streak!

It makes me nervous to put that in writing. What if I’m jinxing it? What if I get sick or injured in the next few days? What if I can’t complete a year? Who knows what will happen in the next few days, but hopefully the next time I share a running post, it’s to say that I’ve completed my year of running.

Again, this week had its ups and downs. I had a good run one day, but most of the days I felt tired, big and ready to quit. I’ll blame it on being 26 weeks pregnant and bigger than I can remember ever before. But, the one good run powered me through my week and gave me hope that I’ll be able to run more in the future!

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Good Run Bad Runs

It’s amazing what much one good run can do for your mood, self esteem, and overall well being.

For most of this week, I had so-so to bad runs. Runs where I told myself, just get to one mile without stopping and then you can walk for a minute. Where I reminded myself that I had “less than 2 weeks to go to get to a year in my running streak.” Runs where I also completely doubted myself and doubted my ability to keep running throughout this pregnancy.

And then Saturday came along and after a full night’s sleep and beautiful weather, I finally had a good run. No, a great run. A run where the walking was minimal, the weather was PERFECT and I was able to get in under 12 minutes/miles, even with walking, for the entire 5 miles. And at 25 weeks pregnant and day 352 of my running streak, I’m really happy about that.

So, even though this week is my lowest mileage week in 2021, I ended the week on a high note.

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21 Days

As of Friday this week, I had 21 days left. 21 days left until I get to 365 of my run streak.

It’s crazy to me to think that in just under three weeks, I’ll have run every day for a year. I started in 2020 during the pandemic after doing my virtual half marathon. And, I just haven’t stopped. I’m now 24 weeks pregnant, which means if I keep this up, I’ll be about 27 weeks when I get to 1 year!

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This week was a pretty good week, and “very Cleveland” as they say in terms of the weather. It was in the 70s two days, which meant we at outside for lunch AND dinner. And then it snowed at least an inch on Thursday – and the snow stuck for a little over 24 hours! I’m hopeful that that was our last April (and spring) snowfall and we are in the clear for at least 8 months….but we’ll see.

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