How is this possible?

Taking stock of my running in 2013.  I always love to look back at my races and miles come year end.  Before that though, I managed to squeeze in two quick runs between the holidays.

12/28, 2.26 miles, 21:16

12/31, 2.22 miles, 20:42

The cold weather is surely putting a damper on my running these days, but that seems to be the way it goes for me every winter.  Treadmill is not a word we say around this house. And with another snowstorm getting ready to blanket the Northeast, there likely won’t  be any running in the near future for me either.

So, miles logged in 2013….drum roll, please: 168.72. I’m pleasantly surprised.  I struggled after having the baby to get back to my regular running routine and my first race of the year ended up being my only race of the year. Despite that, I still managed to log more miles than I did in 2012 (153.02 miles).

How is this possible? In looking back at 2012, I found my running tapered off in September. I was around 7 months pregnant at the time.  I loved running during my pregnancy, so I was pretty disappointed when it started to become uncomfortable for me in later months. I was looking forward to getting back to running in 2013, but have to admit it wasn’t easy.  At the time, I really felt like I had a good pregnancy and labor. No one tells you though what your body will be like after pregnancy.  I’m fortunate that I didn’t struggle to lose weight after welcoming my little one, but I was really surprised by stress on my ab and pelvic muscles. For months I felt like I couldn’t pull myself up with my abs. My muscles felt strained doing everyday tasks.   I still don’t feel completely recovered even a year later, though things are much improved.

I was expecting to see lower mileage for 2013, so I’m feeling pretty good all considering. It was an adjustment this past year to get used to running with my jog stroller. I always felt like I was cutting my runs short. I definitely feel a new appreciation for all those mamas out there pounding the pavement with jog strollers.  I managed to carve out some running time for myself this fall when my little one started daycare. Those few miles each week make such a difference in my daily life.

Not entirely sure what’s ahead for me in 2014. I’d love to do another half this year.  I’d also like to get in another great trail run this year.  Only time will tell.







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