After a long break from blogging (unintended), I am back and running again after having my beautiful baby boy. He was born April 21st and weighed 8.0 Pounds and 20.5 inches long. I had a long bout of back labor that pretty much brought me to my knees, but I toughed it out for 24 hours before I decided to have an epidural. After the epidural, I had the baby 6 hours after that. The pushing was about 15 minutes long as he turned in the right direction just in time. Too bad he didn't turn earlier so I didn't have to deal with the pain of back labor. It was worth it though and I'm leaning to walk through the life of motherhood. I'm not going to try and go into all the details of everything to catch up from my last blog post...but the birth of my son (Nathan) is the most important thing.
I started walking a few days after my delivery, which turned into a few miles of walking a weeks later. I started biking 45-50 minutes daily around 3 weeks post delivery...then started very slow running/walking 4 weeks later. After an all clear from my doc at 5 weeks, I have been off an running (if you want to call it that). I know it will be a process to get back into shape, but I'm getting there and am feeling good about running. I still have some aches and pains, but nothing that isn't expected. I am currently 7 weeks post delivery.
I have met the greatest group of women runners who all have had children within the past year. Most of them have actually had babies in the past couple month. It is so great to have such a wonderful support system. We meet about once a week so we can get our runs in, some social time, and have our kids play (well, when they can actually play!). I'm looking forward to watching out kids and our friendships all grow together. What a blessing that is in addition to the friends I already have in my life.
I'm going to be staying home most of the time now to take care of our family. I will be working a few hours a week at our business, and the rest will be stuff at home. Life is so busy right now, but so great at the same time!
So anyway, that is a quick version to my life and I plan on blogging again and keeping things updated with my running. I'm hoping to get back into good shape so I can perhaps get some PR's sometime this year. Maybe a winter or spring Marathon will be in the works. We'll see how things go. Right now I'm at about 30 miles per week with my longest run at 6 miles at about 9:00 pace. I'm hitting 9:01 consistently weather I'm running the the BOB or not. It's kind of funny how that works. I will be at the Flag Day race next week and am looking forward to it. I'll probably be sore as hell from trying to run 8:00 pace...but it's progression. Will keep updated on how thing are going!!