|sweaty, tired and happy|
Yesterday was a beautiful day outside - 60 degrees, a nice light breeze and warm sunshine. I laced up my running shoes and headed out on one of my favorite trails for my first outdoor run since baby Gus was born. I didn't wear my Garmin or pay much attention to the mile markers. My goal was to run at a comfortable pace for 30 minutes. It felt great. I smiled the whole way (so much that my cheeks hurt!) and I did not take a single walk break, even up the hills. It was glorious!! All the worries and exhaustion melted away while I was out on the trail. I felt truly grateful. Grateful that at 3 1/2 weeks postpartum I could run. Grateful that my husband was at home with all three kids while I was out on my run (he even told me I looked cute as I headed out the door!). Grateful for the fresh air and for the sunshine.
I'm sore today, especially in my glutes (thank you, hills). A good kind of sore. My 10 mile race is in about 5 weeks and I am working on a training plan to get myself ready for it. I'm going to ease back into my running. I know it's important to really take it easy and to be patient with myself as I regain my fitness. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and to sunnier days. I'm looking forward to all the people in my family being healthy so we can enjoy being outside and being active together. I'm tired, but I'm happy.