First off, as Mike and I like to say “the Owl sleeps”. He did great all week. Overnight he started sleeping long stretches and willingly moved into his crib. I can turn over at night again! I spent the last several months sleeping in a little ball never moving, so I had one shoulder much tighter than the other. He does still wake up once, and the other night he did twice, but he will sleep 5-7 hours at a time. My life is much better.
I just got back from my Uncle’s wedding in New Jersey. It was my first time away from Jasper, and a total whirlwind of a trip…but very nice. I left Friday morning very early and kissed the family goodbye. I was meeting my dad and uncle Charlie at the Newark airport and we were immediately taking the train to NYC to eat deli food and sight see. Since Jasper was staying home and he is still nursing, I had to drag a breast pump everywhere. That part really sucked. It was awkward, heavy, and sometimes difficult to find a bathroom. But, I managed. NYC was insanely crowded and fast paced. It took us a while to find Carnegie deli, but then I achieved my goal of getting a piece of cheesecake as big as my head. We then headed to the Museum of Folk Art (since MoMA had a line wrapped around the block 3 times), and we went to the MoMA gift shop where I got Jasper and Mike presents…I could have spent hours and lots of money there. Then there was the task of getting back to NJ in rush hour. Let’s just say Penn Station at rush hour is something out a cartoon…it was just unreal. I cannot imagine doing that commute every day!
If you have a kid/ kids, if you run/ or are just starting, do yourself a favor and get this book. Or get it for a mom in your life. Does it really tell me anything I don’t already know about running? No. But the authors give you every little tip there is to help you find running after baby, and there is a real life running while pregnant section (not just “prenatal yoga and walking are great!” type articles like lame-o Fit Pregnancy has). There is also a companion website and yours truly is one of the mamas listed (anyone can be…just send your info), and from that list are tons of cool blogs I’ve even yet to explore. The website has cool giveaways every week (I’ve yet to win, but keep trying). Anyhow…very cool stuff. Between this site and all its blogs, and all the cool cooking blogs out there, I could spend a whole day just exploring blogs. It’s funny there are so many cool running mama blogs when sitting down at the computer and typing is a really hard thing to do. I can read stuff on the computer but the only time I can type is if Jasper is asleep. Typing with one hand just takes too freakin’ long. So yeah, he is asleep now.
I always knew about podcasts on Endurance Planet, but for some reason I thought they cost to listen. Well, I was wrong. So, I’ve been listening all week at work. They are great! There are tons of inspiring interviews with elite ultrarunners and triathletes who are also busy moms, and they answer a lot of questions about how they fit it all in. There is a fantastic interview with last year’s Western States winner, Anita Ortiz. She is a mom of 4 and works full time and manages to win one of the toughest races out there. She just says she gets up really, really early (like 3am!) to get her runs in. I am setting my alarm a little earlier these days. This week was challenging, as while the Owl is well, his mama is not. Yep, I am sick again. This one is rough with no real symptoms other than fever, aches and chills. I suspect I am just reacting to whatever virus made the Owl so sick over 4th of July. Anyhow, when I can walk across the room without my joints aching, I plan to let some of these athletes inspire me to get a little more in before the day starts, because as I have learned, once it starts, there isn’t room for much else besides work and the Owl. I listened to an interview with a former triathlete world champ who has twins and she said if you stand at the finish line of an Ironman, the moms finishing never need IVs or to go to the medical tent like other finishers. It’s because they know they can never be down for the count, and no matter how tired and wrecked they feel they have to keep on going, and something in them just never lets them get to the point of utter exhaustion. Ha! I love this story. While I definitely haven’t done an Ironman, I think about how comical it is I’ll come home from my long run, throw on mismatched dry clothes, sit down and feed Jasper before I get my water and a couple hours later finally get to shower and stretch a little. And, naps on long run days are definitely a thing of the past! I don’t want to sound like I am complaining….sometimes I am just amazed we are equipped with extra gears I never even knew existed.
I don’t really have anything exciting to report, because the week quieted down by the end. Jasper is finally well. He is still hoarse, but acts normal. Yay! It was probably the worse sleep deprivation I’ve ever gone through. Wednesday I did my hill repeat day on about 45 minutes of sleep. I figured sleeping another hour wouldn’t do much and I would be mad that I missed my main workout day.
Here’s Jasper and his cousin Cameron. Despite the huge grin on his face, this was our hardest weekend ever, and had me longing for the holiday weekend to end. It was unfortunate Jasper got croup when we had family visiting him, so they didn’t really get to see him at his best.
Today’s long run was what it’s all about: good times with friends. We did 15 hot and sweaty miles through a very steamy Austin this morning. I felt great…although I should not have. Poor little Jasper has croup and barely slept, which means I barely slept. I was rocking him back to sleep at 4am, and laid down next to him to help him go back to sleep, then woke up realizing I somehow missed my alarm and was late to my own requested 530 am start (a big faux pas…if you request an early start, you gotta show!). I got a hold of everyone to beg for 15 minutes later. I also don’t get ready as quick as I used to. Jasper eats, what Jasper doesn’t eat must be pumped away, Mama must eat after Jasper feeds all night long to soothe himself while he had a horrible raspy cough. I barely had time to shove a banana down, but really needed to eat more.