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August 29, 2012 / kat uppman

I’m gonna start all over….

My OCD self demands that I listen to the same playlist every time I run with music. And the first song on the playlist starts out:

I have to wonder if this wave’s too big to ride
Commit or not commit in such a crazy tide
It’s sooner than I thought but you called me out
I’ve lost control and there’s no doubt
I’m gonna start all over

Out of the fire and into the fire again
You make me want to forget
And start all over
Here it comes straight out of my mind or worse
Another chance to get burned
And start all over
I’m gonna start all over

While Miley Cyrus is singing about love, I always relate it to running-the same route each day, the same motions, many of the same races each year, yet always something drawing me back again.

I started this blog last July and used it to kick some butt in my summer races-both running and triathlons. Then I got pregnant and the thought of running made me woozy. I made it through my planned races-a 5k, three halves and a full-but all but one were a mix of running and walking.  Throughout the 9 months, I put on 50 pounds and lost much of my endurance.

Fast forward to today-Henry is 5 days away from his 2 month birthday, I’m down 40 pounds and I was able to run 3 miles this week without stopping. It’s time to get serious about training again, and I’ve got a few powerful motivators.

The first is these last 10 pounds. And when I say last, I mean to get to my pre-pregnancy weight which wasn’t that great to begin with. So 10 pounds until a major celebration, and then hopefully another 10 pounds after that to get to my ideal weight. Let the weight loss begin! (or continue, as it may be….).

The second is that I have a new running partner. My brother was pretty smart about picking his wife, and as of this past April I get to call her my sister in law. She’s funny, sassy, intelligent and wants to get in to running longer races. Lucky me! We’ve got our eye on the February Princess Half down in Orlando. While we’re re-grouping at the end of September to make sure we really want to commit to this, I have faith it will happen. You can check out her running blog here.  That race, along with several others such as the Big Sur half, several Mermaid races, the Divas half and the Tinkerbell half in January make up my current race roster.  My times while pregnant are nothing to brag about and I’m looking forward to racing these events with my eye on some pretty nice PRs.

While motherhood has been amazing, it has also brought with it some interesting health issues. I have reoccurring mastitis, which knocks me flat and has me barely walking to the kitchen for water, let alone getting my mileage in. I’m really hoping I can overcome this, as I had planned to breast feed for a year. It’s going to be a loooong year if I have to spend half of it fighting fatigue and pain.

And so I end this entry with the following picture. This is exactly how I’ve felt for the past 5 weeks since I was cleared to start running again. Starting over sucks. But I have so much to look forward to, to train for, to keep running for!

Today’s miles: 0

Pace: N/A

Total weekly miles: 5

Total miles since getting back on the bandwagon: 5

Crosstraining: N/A

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