I’m Still Running

My baby boy turned one this week. And it made me sentimental, about not only how fast the time goes, but also feel proud. Proud of me.

Too often, I think negatively about my running abilities. I had a few mornings this week where I stopped to walk, because I was hot or tired. I bemoaned how my speed still hasn’t picked up since the baby was born, and if anything, I have gotten slower this time around. I groaned about my diastasis recti, angry that I still have it, and the back pain that comes with it.

But on GM’s first birthday, I suddenly felt grateful and proud. Grateful that I’ve been able to run consistently since having him. Grateful that I can bring him along on a stroller run. Grateful that I can get outside for alone time on mornings when my days are jam packed and filled with family. And proud – proud that despite everything going on in my life and all the change the past year, I’m still here, still running. 

Here’s how the week went – and spoiler alert, I was still running:  


Sunday –   5.25 miles and DR exercises

Monday –  5.1 miles and DR exercises

Tuesday –   5.13 and DR exercises

It was a misty and foggy morning, and I caught this photo as the fog was sitting over the marsh nearby.


Wednesday –   5 miles and DR exercises 

Thursday –   5 miles and DR exercises  

Friday –  5.01 miles plus DR exercises

Saturday – DR exercises and no running; instead, I got in plenty of walking with my parents who were in town to celebrate GM’s birthday – about 17,000 steps without a run is a good day in my book!


Total: 30.49 weekly miles


Some questions for you:

  • How often do you feel grateful that you can run/walk/exercise? 
  • It was my half birthday yesterday! Do you ever celebrate 1/2 birthdays?

 l am linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

7 thoughts on “I’m Still Running

  1. Everyday I run i m grateful. Even on the slowest ones. There will be a day when I can’t.

    Happy first birthday to your son.

    Congrats on a productive week. And that you’re still running.

  2. I’m always amazed and grateful for my ability to still run after all these years! Running got me through all those tough times raising my boys. I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Happy birthday to your little one!

  3. Yes, a grateful attitude can make such a difference in coping with other disappointments. As you know, there have been a couple times when I was sidelined form running (and even walking), but just getting outside to do anything always lifts my spirits…no matter the weather. I’ve had to resort to walking and biking during those non-running times, and those two “sports” are now a huge part of my routine 😉

  4. I am so glad to read you are giving yourself some grace. You have your hands full over there w the little ones and it is impressive that you fit in all that you do. Those days will be over before you know it and you will have plenty of time to run then. I am grateful everyday for all that my body does for me. 🙂

  5. I think we give others’ grace more than we do ourselves. You wouldn’t criticize anyone else for walking or slowing, but we do ourselves. Way to go on continuing to run, and another solid week

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