The first week in July, I started running again. How is it going? Eh.
In June, I suddenly came down with a ridiculous foot injury. I woke up one morning with terrible pain in my right foot on the outside of the foot. I limped for a few weeks. I taped it and iced it. I wasn't running and was barely walking, so it would have been impossible to rest it more than I was. There was no explanation as to why it was hurting. Then, just as I was about to schedule an appointment to go see my physical therapist, it went away... just as mysteriously as it appeared. The good news is that it did so right as I was about to start running again.
My first run was wonderful. I was so happy to be running again, it was great. The second run, not so much. Both of these were on the treadmill, which is fine - I don't mind running on the treadmill. I did get one run in since I started back outside. However, between needing to be in the house to watch the baby, the fact that we've had a ton of rain, and the fact that when it's not raining it's 95 degrees outside, I haven't really been able to get out much at all. Plus, I'm fighting a couple of complications left over from delivering the little guy that sometimes make running less fun, and makes it so I'd prefer to stay close to the comfort of my house in case I need to return there suddenly.
Scheduling is tough. I have to schedule my runs around the baby's naps, or else at a time when Todd can watch him. Plus, I am breastfeeding and that makes running in the morning more challenging - it is uncomfortable to run when the breasts are full, which is often the case in the morning. In the evening it's so hot, and I'm starting to feel like I may as well not bother trying to acclimate to the warmer temperatures. After all, I don't have a race on my schedule until the end of September.
There's the issue of jog strollers. If we want to get one now, we have to get one that adapts to the car seat that we have (Chicco Keyfit 30) ,which limits our options. If we don't get one that fits our car seat, then we have to wait until the baby is at least 6 months old to take him out running. Even then, I am not certain I'm interested. My neighborhood is the main place that I will be running for the time being, and it is so hilly that I can barely get myself around. I can't imagine pushing a jog stroller in my neighborhood. The other place to run is the NCR Trail, which is a gravel trail that also seems crappy to take a stroller on. So, for now, Todd and I are leaning towards alternating our schedules so that both of us can run stroller free.
For now, I'm sticking to short distances on the treadmill, and outside when I can find someone to watch the baby for me while I'm out running. It is not easy. It's annoying that I am coming back to running right in the hottest part of the year, and right when my motivation typically starts to wane. It's a challenge getting my runs in, but I'm working on it.
This past weekend, we were at the beach and I was hoping to get some runs in, but we were barely able to leave the condo due to how hot it was. Ugh!
I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, since there's been a huge change for me. I remain committed to getting my runs in, and I'm working on it. It's just really really hard.
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