…the itch to run!

Yes, this is actually a post about running! I spent the second half of my pregnancy frustrated that I couldn’t keep running thanks to the posterior tibial tendonitis that was holding me back.  I eventually came to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be one of those women who blissfully runs until the day she delivers.  I did sneak in some running during the Turkey Trot 5K and 2 days before I went into labor.  It wasn’t really enjoyable running though.

I can’t wait to get back to real running where I feel good and strong as I tick off the miles (that will happen, right?!).  It’s probably going to be a while before I feel that way since I’ll be starting from scratch when I can finally lace up my running shoes again.

I’ve thrown all my race goals out the window for 2013 and want to just focus on being injury-free for once.  I still plan on running races, but I’m not setting any time or distance goals right now.

For Christmas, my sweet hubby and my parents got me some running gifts.  It’s funny because when I opened them at Christmas, it was like they meant nothing to me.  I couldn’t think about running.  It was the absolute farthest thing from my mind with Ezra being in the NICU.  I couldn’t even get excited about the cool running gadgets and cute running clothes.  I also felt pretty beat up physically from giving birth so I couldn’t even begin to think about being active again at that point.

Magnet, keychain and iPhone case

Pretty outfit from Road Runner Sports

I’m really excited about my super awesome running presents now.  Other cool running gifts not pictured: Badass Mother Runner tank and It’s all good. I ran today. shirt.

Now that I’m feeling better physically, I find that running pops into my head more and more frequently as the days go by.  I plan to wait until my 6 week postpartum check up (just over 2 weeks to go) before I go for that highly anticipated first post-baby run.  I’m expecting to feel a rush of pure joy with my first few steps followed by pain as I discover just how terribly out of shape I am.  I can’t wait! Plus, I’m way behind on my Winter 100 Challenge mileage! I don’t know if I’ll be able to rack up enough miles in February since I want to ease back into running so I don’t risk injury.  Oh well, I’m not eligible for the sweet prizes anyway :) .

Happy running!