Racing ... ugh.

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The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank. ~George Sheehan

So by George's definition I am making my return to the running world on Saturday. (By my definition, I never left: I loathe the term jogging). The Women's Race is this weekend, and while I don't feel anywhere near ready to run in a race, this is my favorite local race and the only one I have a streak for (if you count volunteering last year) anymore.

I don't dwell on it because I have more important things to think about, but it's hard sometimes not to be a little disappointed with the state of my running. I guess I expected that since I did manage to run (some) through my entire pregnancy, that I would bounce back quickly. My old AG rival was back out kicking butt pretty quickly after the birth of her son - she ran a 40 or 41 min 10K at 3 months out. Meanwhile, I'm still puttering along at 9:30-9:50 pace most days; I tried to run a little quicker one day last week and came up with an 8:26 average pace for 3.2 miles - and I didn't feel like I could run any farther at that pace, or faster for that distance. (Two things that do not bode well for me with this weekend's 4 mile race). My long run has topped out at an hour - by that point, I'm pretty ready to be done running. During the week, I'm really limited by having to run in the morning. Getting 4 miles in is really pushing it, so most mornings I just do 3.2-3.5.

Okay, started this entry on Tuesday - now it's Friday. So I lost whatever train of thought I had going.

Being back at work is okay. I am surprisingly doing well with less sleep. My running suffers, as mentioned above, but I don't know how much of that is less sleep and how much is because of breastfeeding - probably a combination. Getting out the door in the morning has turned out to be not that bad. It's the evenings where I have more of a time crunch, hence having to get up at 5AM to run.

Little Miss is doing great. She was 4 months on Tuesday. She's up to 13lb 13oz and she's 24" - pretty much right about average. She's trying to figure out how to roll, she can get onto her side but can't figure out how to flip over. She has really great head and trunk control and she loves spending time on her tummy looking around. Daycare is going pretty well for her, too. I think her teachers enjoy her since she's such an easy going, happy baby. It took her a bit to get used to bottles, but she's adjusted and has gotten a lot better. I've been told she's the best napper there; she naps for at least an hour in the morning (sometimes 2 naps of an hour each) and she sleeps for at least 2 hours in the afternoon. She had been sleeping through the night until maybe a week and a half ago, when she started waking up once or twice. Since 4 months is prime time for a growth spurt, that's not surprising. We moved her to her crib in her room last month, and that didn't even phase her.

I have to get ready for work now.
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Hi - Just found you today. Just wanted to comment that I'm also a (new) runner, living in Minnesota and getting up at 5am to get my runs in. :) I'm, um, not liking that the sun is coming up later and later. I may resort to taking my mean looking dog with me soon to make me feel more comfortable.

Hi - Just found you today. Just wanted to comment that I'm also a (new) runner, living in Minnesota and getting up at 5am to get my runs in. :) I'm, um, not liking that the sun is coming up later and later. I may resort to taking my mean looking dog with me soon to make me feel more comfortable.

Hi - Just found you today. Just wanted to comment that I'm also a (new) runner, living in Minnesota and getting up at 5am to get my runs in. :) I'm, um, not liking that the sun is coming up later and later. I may resort to taking my mean looking dog with me soon to make me feel more comfortable.

I too loath the word jogging...I don't get how people don't notice the difference either. I'll say I'm going for a run and someone will ask how my jog was...ughh...

You did give birth not long ago. You have to give yourself time to get back to it all. Time and distance...you'll get there.

What a cutie!