My first big fitness triumph after Baby O was born was getting back to exercising after so many weeks of not being able to (and in all honesty, not wanting to). It was both hard and humbling knowing where I’d been and that I was essentially starting at scratch again. My body after baby was not pleasant and being completely winded after only a minute of running was tough.
I didn’t let that stop me.
When Baby O was just over 3 months old, I ran my first 5k. Not only did I finish it, I PR’d it, posting my first sub-30 minute finish.
I was just getting started.
I spent the summer training in ridiculous heat, with ridiculously little sleep and on Sunday (race recap coming soon!), crossed the finish line at my first 10 miler strong and over 3 minutes faster than my goal time. I’m by no means fast but it’s not about speed, it’s about completing what I set out to do.
I have 6 weeks left until my half marathon. Baby O will be 8 months old when I run it. Some people run them 5 months postpartum. Heck, some people run them just prior to giving birth. I’ve learned over these past month (and years) that what others do isn’t necessarily what I can or should do. I shouldn’t be deflated but rather inspired by those that accomplish such amazing feats. I know my limits and I set my goals to mirror those limits.
And I am dang proud of what I’ve done and where I’m going.