Running is my stress therapy. It helps soothe my anxiety. It makes me sane.
So it should come as no surprise to me that my first full week back of work was also my highest postpartum mileage week. At least I have a coping mechanism?
The week included a mix of outdoor and (mostly) indoor runs. I became familiar with my treadmill again, and was so grateful to have it when it was very dark, cold and snow/rain was coming down!
I’m one of those people who likes “fall back.” I’m an early riser, and I don’t mind it being light in the mornings. I like the fact that my body thinks it’s later than it is, which makes a 4:30 a.m. wakeup alarm that much easier. And I don’t mind it getting dark at night. I have 3 kids, and we don’t spend much time outside after 7:30 p.m. anyway!
So, the time change helped me this week. It wasn’t quite light when I went for runs in the early mornings, but it was nice to feel almost rested in the mornings when I woke up — or at least as rested as one can be with a 3-month-old nursing baby.
WHERE DID OCTOBER GO?
Excuse the all caps, but I have no idea how we’re suddenly a week into November. I’m not ready for that. I’m not ready for winter running (brr!) and ready for another year to be over (what happened to 2021?). But yet here we are, again, and about to start a new month.
Luckily for me, October was a mild month. We even had some warm days that felt like summer again, which I loved. I did my first race this year, the Cleveland Marathon 10K. I had one fall (whoops) and may have hurt a groin muscle (pain is mostly gone now hopefully). And I got in nearly 100 miles of running, which isn’t bad for my first full month of being cleared to run again after baby #3.
And now, November is here! Here’s how my first week looked.
Happy Tuesday! Last week was pretty good in terms of runs and I’m proud of the fact that every single run I got in was OUTDOORS!
It’s getting darker and colder, which means it’s time for me to hibernate – or at least hit the treadmill more often. Or dreadmill. I’m not a fan of the super cold and though I’ll eventually get used to it and be able to run outside, at this point, I am not ready for it! Plus, it’s much harder to get in a stroller run when it’s in single degree temps.
But this week, everything was outside. Including my LONGEST run since LM, which was on Sunday. And it was a gorgeous Sunday for a run!
Here was how the whole week looked:
None of the other runs were quite as picturesque, but I am happy to be back in the 20s for mileage!
Some questions for you:
- Were the fall colors out in full force near you?
- What weather is too cold for you to run outside?
Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.