Running

My First Postpartum Half Marathon

I thought it was a crazy move, when David asked me to sign us up for a fall half marathon (it’s for motivation, he said!). I didn’t know how my body was going to recover from giving birth, or how my schedule with both work and nursing were going to pan out.

But here we are, over half way through the training plan, and it’s actually been going really well! I haven’t been running very many midweek runs, but I’ve stuck to doing my long runs; to me, that’s the most important part of the training: getting in the long runs. Monday was 7 miles, and I had the stroller with me the whole time. And dare I say, it was a lot of fun! The weather was great, and I did a combination of running and walking. I know that this won’t be my fastest half, but I’m very much looking forward to running this with David next month.

So, which one are we doing?

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It’s a point to point half that starts in Lanesborough, follows theย Ashuwillticook Trail, and ends in Adams in western Massachusetts. I’m hoping that the weather is nice, since it’ll be during peak foliage season!

This will be 5th half marathon since I started running races in 2007. I wish I had the links back to my old blog for the recaps, but here are pictures from those races.

2007 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:28:37

Maine Half 2007

2008 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:16:39

{I guess I didn’t take a picture at this race! We were originally signed up for the full marathon but wedding planning got in the way so we bumped down to the half. As you can see, we very much enjoy this race! ๐Ÿ™‚ }

2011 – Run to Remember Half Marathon – 2:16:35

Run to Remember

2012 – Half at the Hamptons – 2:09:11

Half at the Hamptons

And I just realized that this next half will be almost 10 years to the day since my first one in 2007 (that took place on October 7th)! And since then I’ve ran 81 races! It’s been a combination of 5Ks, 10Ks, 5-milers, half marathons, and even a full marathon. It might not seem like such a big number, but for someone who absolutely detested running, I’m really proud of that. And I find myself not just running because I think it’s the best way to get in shape (I know it isn’t), but because it’s a fun way to get outside, get some fresh air, and just enjoy the company of other runners. You really can’t compare the atmosphere of running a race.

So, the countdown is on to Ramblefest 2017: 1 Month and 2 Days!

What do you love about running? Do you enjoy the atmosphere of races or prefer running alone?

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Phil & Teds Stroller

This is in no way a sponsored post; I just love my jogging stroller so much and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

When it came time to look for a stroller, I was admittedly very overwhelmed with all of the choices. I knew two things that I wanted/needed though: a jogging stroller and the fact that it didn’t have to match the car seat. (We have the Graco 4Ever seat which doesn’t come as a detachable infant carrier.)

Luckily, however, I had a great resource in my uncle who lives in California. He had a baby in 2004 (so, relatively recent) and is a runner, so I asked him what brand of stroller he used.

He responded back with the Sport by Phil & Teds.

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Adorable baby not included. ๐Ÿ˜›

The middle picture is featured with the shade screen. I also have a storm cover that fits in the same way.

One of the reasons this stroller came so highly recommended was because of the fact that it reclines a lot further than most jogging strollers, meaning I could run with Eleanor as early as 2 months old. And because of the way it lies (lays?), it almost acts as a shock-absorber when we go over any bumps. Her head will move from side to side but never up and down.

I can’t actually attest to how easy or complicated it was to assemble since I had my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law do it. It looks as though all the pieces were used, though, and nothing has fallen off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is a breeze to break down to put in the trunk, however it’s a bit heavier than it may appear. You simply squeeze the lever (behind the red button) and push the red button forward. (As easy as it is to do, it wasn’t so easy to figure out in the first place – thank goodness for YouTube!)

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Then, to keep the stroller folded, you make sure the latch on the left is joined with the small button on the right. To unfold, simply unlatch the two and fold the stroller outward until it clicks. (Again, YouTube was a saving grace to figure this out in the first place!)

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And a great safety feature is the Auto-Stop brake. To engage the tires, you have to depress the red handle, and if it’s disengaged, the stroller will brake. No runaway strollers here!

Since I was looking for a jogging stroller, I knew not to expect some of the bells and whistles that come with regular strollers (i.e. a lot of storage and cup holders). This may be a turnoff for some, but if you’re in the market for a jogging stroller, but don’t want to have to deal with another, every-day stroller, this is the one for you. It’s a bit on the pricier end, but the quality and reputation are well worth it.

There are also a ton of riding options available, so I’ll be looking forward to those if/when we have a second child.

What type of stroller do you have? Do you own a Phil & Teds?ย I ask because I have yet to meet anyone (aside from my uncle) who has and I’m curious about your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Volunteering at Run to Home Base

One of the best things about the hotel that I work at is the community that it fosters and the feeling of family and camaraderie. This past Saturday, David and I, and a few other colleagues, volunteered at the Run to Home Base run at Fenway Park; the wake up call was early (4AM!) but the experience was well worth it.

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When we arrived around 5AM, they had the volunteers enjoy coffee and breakfast items while we waited for our assignments. We were located in the Champions room so I was having fun checking out all of the memorabilia.

Fun Red Sox fact: My grandfather’s good friend was the Carlton Fisk’s coach in high school.

We ended up waiting around for quite a bit, but were soon led down to the concourse where we would be helping out at the Military Appreciation Area. For the whole morning while we were there we were arranging items on a long section of tables and then tasked to put together care packages to send to the troops. Last year they did 9,000 boxes! Not sure what the final numbers were this year.

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After a while, more people were helping to put together packages (consisting of things like DVDs, activity books, socks, foot powder, ear buds, etc) along with a handwritten thank you note.

During the morning, I did sneak out to catch a bit of the ceremony.

The first picture in the post features some of the runners coming on to the warning track (right side), then they’re lined up to cross home plate.

Flashback to 2014 when I ย ran this race!

David and I had such a great time helping out. Due to the early wake up, we ended up taking a 3 hour nap that afternoon!

And of course, more garage work! The interior is done! We completed the storage shelf on Sunday.

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Yep, that’s me up there! It’s huge and overbuilt, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from David. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Do you enjoy volunteering at races? I’ve also volunteered twice at the Harpoon 5-Miler; always a fun time!

My New Running Routine

I suppose after 3 successful runs, you can call this a “routine”. ๐Ÿ˜›

Ever since I got my hair cut in May, my day to day routine has switched up a bit.

Just to show my new ‘do.

Before I got my hair cut I would religiously straighten my hair with a flat iron each morning. But ever since my new cut, I find myself showering every other night and let it air dry while I sleep. In the morning it’s a simple task of adding some dry shampoo, hair wax (extremely light), hair spray, and just ironing out the bangs, and I am good to go!

So for the past week, every night that I have to wash my hair, I go for a run. I get home from work around 6:45, and I only go for a couple of miles (or less – it’s HOT outside!). Once I’m home it’s shower time and then dinner time.

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So far I have been loving this routine. And I’ve been getting compliments on my hair! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is your routine each day? Have I said routine enough?