Monday, July 19, 2010

Priorities

My baby is going to be 13 weeks this week. He's getting so big. He's smiling, sticking his tongue out, enthralled with his fingers, trying to sit up....I could go on and on. It's amazing how much these little people do in such a short time. I'm his biggest cheerleader and I love it. I actually can't believe how much I love it....and I can't believe how fulfilling I feel my life is at the moment. I just love being Nathan's mom.

So just around the 4th of July weekend....how I've been feeling as fallen off a cliff. It seems like ever since our little fireworks party thing we had, I've been burning the candle at both ends. That weekend was filled with things to do, along with my running....and the 5K I ran.

Speaking of the 5K, I ran around a 21:30 and was really happy. It was very warm, sunny, and hilly. I'm slowly coming along.

Anyway, the day after the 5K is when everything really felt terrible. I was getting dizzy, headaches, and just exhausted. I figured it was dehydration. Since I'm nursing I forget how much I need to eat and drink. I think I do a pretty good job of piling on the food and drink, but maybe my body doesn't think so. Who knows. I'm just trying to figure it out. I was starting to feel better, much better, until this weekend passed. It was, yet again, another hectic weekend, Nathan isn't sleeping well (growth spurt or something), and I was running more miles. I woke up this morning feeling like crud again. I went to the store and had to go home. I decided I needed to get my priorities on paper so I knew what I needed to do to be myself again...my good feeling self. I didn't obsess with my list of things to do around the house....I didn't workout....I actually took a 20 minute nap. All that mattered and all that I HAD to do was take care of Nathan, and make sure the dog and cat were fed and happy too. Wow do I feel so much better at the end of this day already. That is telling me I was in overdrive. It's all a bit frustrating because I try to do everything I feel I can do. Running is so very important to me, but I think I need a bit of a better balance. It's putting me a bit over the edge with the sleep I'm getting. Sigh. The lessons of life.

So, I'm currently in the process of finding that Zen place where my well being is at its optimal. Wish me luck on that one.

On the running front, I had to take a couple days off here and there from being so tired, but it's going really well otherwise. My pace has come down to about 8:20-30 on my easy runs. I'd say I'm averaging 6 miles per day with a 10 mile long run. I finally hit a 40 mile week. I am quite sore after the 10 milers because it's hilly and just feels long to my hips and pelvic area. The second 10 miler felt better then the first, so I know I'll get there. Sometimes it's nice to see a progression with running. When I was in super good shape, it was hard to see a large progression. It's kind of a nice thing.

Weekly Rundown:

M-off
T-6 miles
W-off
Th-6 miles
F- 7 miles
Sat- 6 miles (HOT mid day run)
Sun- 10 miles

Total: 35 miles (not bad for the shaky cruddy start to the week!!)
(Had a solid 40 mile week the previous week with a 10 mile long run and 1 day off)