I remember writing my wrap-up post for 2013 and thinking in my head, 'I'm going to publish this goal, but I also have a super secret whisper goal.'
Make a baby :)
Turns out the kind of running I love to do is not conducive to baby-making. So, as a result, my numbers suffered a little bit in 2014, but my body flourished! Here we go:
I ran 1,120.8 miles in 185 hours and198 runs averaging 5.6 miles per run in 2014...slightly more than half my mileage of 2013, half the number of runs, but 1/10th longer per run. Numbers are sometimes fun :)
My midwife asked me to back off the running a smidge, up my weight a tad, and decrease stress. Thus, after July and the Speedgoat 50k+, I seriously cut back on my mileage, declined signing up for a hundred miler, and began drinking whole milk and upping my red meat intake (two things I have no issues with).
I was able to pack on a whole 3 lbs in about two months :) But, it worked!
More than two years ago, when we first decided we wanted to expand our family, I really struggled internally with exchanging who I've been (a feathery ultra runner) for who I will be (a less feathery short distance runner). Even though it's not a forever change, it still took me a year and a half to feel really, really good about that. Best decision ever. I LOVE BEING PREGNANT! Though my running is almost non-existent (it is so uncomfortable right now!) I am thrilled with all of the amazing changes that are happening. Building a human is so cool! At 19 weeks I can feel our little babe dancing around gingerly in my abdomen and it makes my heart sing.
Hikes in the mountains with the pup have more or less replaced my runs, and I'm good with that. I graduated from my program three weeks ago and it's been so amazing to have some downtime, nap whenever I like, play with Cadence, and study for my licensing exam. All good things for a growing babe. I feel a heavy guilt over barely running but that guilt is balanced out by a true enjoyment of other things right now. Prenatal yoga is on the agenda, and lots more mountain hikes, so it's not like I'm a total bump on a log :)
Speaking of 'bump', I also love my bump. Never have I ever outwardly relished watching my weight slowly climb upward.
The year 2014 was a very good year to me. Lots of great things: getting a puppy, little bit of travel, great runs early on, getting pregnant, graduating, spending time with family, great friends. However, 2015 is going to be tough to beat...we are going to be parents this year! And, I'll get to begin my PTA career, finally! I'm not going to lay out any goals here now, but I do wish for all of you a happy, healthy 2015!
Happy new year and congratulations Paige! Wishing you the best year ever! I am sure you'll be back to ultrarunning in no time, with extra strength training pushing the little one around in a running stroller..
Life sometimes gets in the way with our running goals, that's for sure. You'll get back at it, now worries. Being pregnant sounds like an exciting adventure. :)
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