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Back in the saddle

Let me first start by saying that jogging sucks.  It's never been something that I've enjoyed.  When I played volleyball and basketball in middle school you better bet that I was the last one in line doing laps around the gym to warm up.  I was okay with it, but how pathetic, right?  A few years ago, my husband and I decided in the dead of winter that we needed something to make us feel better and get us off the couch.  So we looked up a jogging program and just started doing it.  Interval running is good for anyone but especially good when you want to increase your time and lengthen the time that you can actually run.  Our goal, at the time was to complete a 5k together and after weeks/months or training, we did it.  Since then, I've been pregnant twice and running just never came back around as something that I was really interested in doing again.  During this last pregnancy, that changed and I started to crave a good jog.

I know that I need to be careful with running and potentially hurting my supply and I have to take in an extreme amount of water as to not feel dehydrated.  And, I'm eating to make up for some of the calories that I'm running off.  But jogging on Wednesday and Sunday, actually felt really good.  I have to say that I was spoiled with some fabulous weather, but that was a real treat, if nothing else.  Helps to feel motivated when the weather cooperates!

My goal with jogging and training is to complete a 5k by St. Patrick's day.  Seems silly to train in the cold weather, but I actually enjoy it more.  I just hope that our winter is calm so it doesn't kill my motivation to do this completely.

So far, it feels good.  I have the normal aches and pains from someone who started jogging/walking after months of not doing anything.  My legs usually feel like jello after I get done, but I secretly love that feeling.  I'm hoping that I make it through training and get this 5k under my belt.  It will be the 3rd 5k that I'll do and I'm excited to potentially have my kids with me when I do it!  Should be a great accomplishment.

My husband on the other hand, never officially stopped running/jogging.  He's taken a few breaks because of an injury or because of timing, but he is still able to pick up and run about 3 miles whenever he wants to.  It seems a little insane to me, but I guess once you're in the rhythm, you just do it.  I'm looking forward to jogging and enjoying it.  I also hope that in doing this, some of my weight will start to drop.  We'll see.

I have to keep reminding myself that at that 5k I plan on running... That there will be green beer at the end!  Now, that's motivation!


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