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Saturday, April 2, 2011

ready

A week from tomorrow I will run my first race since my baby was born exactly 2 months ago.  It is the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler and race day also happens to be my 35th birthday.  Last weekend I ran 7 miles at a 10 minute pace and felt really strong minus some stomach issues.  This week I did a few easy-paced treadmill runs (less than 3 miles each) and worked on the reformer at the Pilates studio twice.  Tomorrow morning I'm planning to run 8.5 miles with some of my favorite running buddies.

Baby G is already 2 months old!
I feel happy.  My journey back to fitness after having a baby has been full of ups and downs, both  emotional and physical.  I am learning to know, love, respect and appreciate my body in a whole new way.

Sometimes I simply can't believe it.  That this is my life.

One year ago as I was getting ready to turn 34 I had no idea what this year would hold for me.  No clue that I would be celebrating my 35th birthday with a new baby in my arms.  I think I hoped for things - mainly growth and peace - but I never dreamed this would be my life.  That I would be given the gift of this child, this beautiful new soul, to nurture and to love.  Wow.

I can't wait for next week's race.  Not because of a PR (I'm not even planning to "race" - I just want to run) but because I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than with running.  I will run with a heart full of thanks for all the gifts in my life.

2 comments:

I think running is one of the BEST ways to celebrate your birthday. I love that life is so unpredictable. I love that if I didn't have a severe love of Starbucks I might never have ventured to the SL shopping center that day and would have never have taken Chloe down to feed the ducks. Everything works together to make the beautiful web of our lives. Love you!

Have a great race! It'll be wonderful celebration of how far you've come. What a gorgeous baby!

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