So, this was the state of my running just about 2 weeks before we learned we were expecting our 4th child! I trained hard and completed my 1st marathon! It was 26.2 miles of adventure which I'll save for another blog entry. The race was on my 27th birthday. How cool is that?
Anyway, I continued my beloved sport all the way until about the 21st week of my pregnancy with Margot. The miles became slower and shorter til at last I felt I could jog no more. I've packed on an extra 20 pounds, so just as with my previous postpartum runs, I am anticipating a slow start. I will be doing well to even get in a mile, most likely. However, I cannot wait! I'm so excited to get back to one of my all time favorite activities.
Why do I love it so much?
It's one of the few times and places I have time to myself. It's an excellent time of refreshment for me. When I'm out on a run, I think, reflect, and pray more deeply than any other place. (minus the shower)
It energizes me. Days when I've gotten a run in during the wee morning hours go much more smoothly than the days I haven't. I feel refreshed and full of vigor.
It relaxes me. Much of the tension I have is released after a good long run. Exercise is such a great way to relieve stress.
It helps me to eat healthier. I crave healthier foods after a good run. In fact, if I eat a lot of "junk" before say an evening workout, I have a hard time not thinking about those choices and feeling sick. I actually start craving fresh, healthy foods while out on my long runs.
It is just plain fun. I love running in different locations and mapping them out. There is nothing like watching God's beautiful creation "waking up" in the morning. Races are a blast as well, sharing in the joy with hundreds or even thousands of people who love to run too.
Bonus: You sure do shed those extra pounds that are weighing you down, too.
Saturday is the big day! It's the day I have allowed myself to re-enter the running world. I'll let you know how it goes. ;)