Thursday, December 9, 2010

My first long run post baby!

I managed a 12 miler today at 7:34 pace! Being a bit time limited and sleep deprived, I get way more excited than I should anytime I run. Maybe I'm getting extra happy endorphins, beats me, but running makes it all good. I really don't understand. I can't figure out how running doesn't feel like a chore. The setup and cleanup surrounding my runs take almost as long as the run itself. I setup lots of toys and books for the Kaylee meister and I have to drag the swing downstairs to where the treadmill is. Then I have to hope that Emily feels like taking a nap in the swing (it's actually the only time I use the swing, now that I think about it.) Then my run consists of me watching Emily and wondering if she's going to get irritated as well as participating in Kaylee's pretend play as much as possible. You know, pretending to eat snacks that she's prepared for me. Yet, I'm still loving the running whenever I get to go.

I will say my absolute favorite time to run is at lunch time the couple days I'm in the office. I get to go outside and sometimes I even get to run with other people! Cool beans!

Technically I'm in training for a half marathon in February, but I have absolutely no training plan. Well, I have my long runs planned, but other than that I'm flying by the seat of my pants. And you know what, I'm loving it. I'm enjoying running for the pure love of it. We'll see how that works out for me in February. Right now, I'm thinking it will work out just fine, but that could be the endorphins talking. ;)

8 comments:

Running and living said...

Katie, you are amazing! 7:34 pace for 12 miles is awesome! You also seen really happy, which is even more awesome!

Stefanie Schocke said...

Wow! Nice pace! I can't believe you can run that fast on the treadmill! I think that's so hard!

Also, can I just say that I'm the "tv" mom...I always turn the tv on to keep Daniel entertained so I can run. (I know it's bad). So impressed that your daughter will just play while you run.

Any suggestions on how to keep a baby happy while trying to run long?!

Also, did you notice is was easy to keep the distance as long as you started to slow down as you progressed in your pregnancy? I'm 31 weeks (in 2 days) and I'd like to keep my distance, but sometimes I wonder if I slow my pace it will make the distance not seem so hard.

Stefanie Schocke said...

*I shouldn't say "easy"...I just have some days where 8 is tough and some days where it is easy. So I'm wondering if I slow my pace down if it won't seem so tough.

sea legs girl said...

Oh my gosh! 12 miles on a treadmill! And so fast. Actually if I had to run that far on a treadmill, I would try to force myself to do it that fast - because I would find it so excruciatingly boring. Huh - but I don't think I could do it. And certainly not now. I give you a lot of cred for running with your daughters right there. I used to drag The Lorax to the YMCA for two hours while I ran outside and they watched him in the daycare.

Any idea what time you're going for in the half marathon? I'm excited to see- and hope you know I have high hopes!

geraldine60 said...

I think you have found the perfect mix for your half marathon training. Feeling good is 99% of the battle when you are taking care of a family, working, and training. I'm sure the girls pick up your happy feelings while you run, and soon they may start to wonder why everyone doesn't run after watching you!

lindsay said...

Woo hoo! That's an awesome pace, and your first long run back no less. Hope the kids continue to preoccupy themselves during your precious run-time :)

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Wow!! I wish I could run that pace for that long!!

Jill said...

Endorphin training plan seems to work perfectly for you! Excellent job on the longest post-baby run - whoohooo!