Thursday, June 06, 2013
On Sunday, I ran a mile.
I did it again on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. It has been almost 7 weeks since my last workout and almost 9 since I did any consistent working out. What changed?
My son was born!
Two weeks before he was born, I was working on a big work project and stay up until 1am on too many nights which made me too tired to wake up early to work out. Plus, I really wanted to get enough sleep so that I was rested when he arrived since I knew I wasn't going to be getting any sleep afterward. We also figured that he would take after our daughter and arrive a few days early (he didn't - he came 1 day late).
After two weeks (and no baby) I decided that I needed to stop waiting and making excuses and get back to working out, so I went the gym. That very afternoon he was born.
And he wasn't just born, born. My wife and I deliberately and extensively planned to have a home birth. And born at home he was. However, our doula and midwife didn't make it to our house in time (long story that I won't repeat, here), so guess who delivered our son?
That was one of the most intense and proudest moments of my life. Of course, that pales in comparison to the actual job of birthing my son. That belonged to my superstar wife. But, I digress.
So, my wife has long planned to run the LV RNR Half next year. That's what she did to get back into shape the year after our daughter was born. So, she's been constantly reminding me that this year is my year to run. And I guess that would make this a tradition. After our daughter was born, I trained for and ran the LV RNR Half as my first half marathon, ever. The next year my wife ran it. So, after the birth of our son, what better thing to do than to train for and run the LV RNR Half a second time? That would cement this a family tradition (If we ever have a third child [which is very very VERY unlikely], you can bet we'll be making plans to run it a third time).
Anyway, before baby's arrival, I had no races planned for this year and been concentrating on going to the gym and doing weights and being in shape rather than just running.
Seven weeks of little to no sleep later, and with lots of encouragement from my wife (thanks, honey, I love you!), I began my training for the LV RNR Half Marathon this week and then made my registration official as of yesterday.
And my boss has been flirting with running a half marathon for at least 6 months, now, and he kept asking me when I was going to run another race so he could sign up, too. I told him I was signing up and gave him a copy of my 5&1/2 month training schedule... and he began running on Sunday as well, and was going to sign up for the race, yesterday, too. So, fingers crossed he follows through with it. He does seem serious about it.
I know where I'll be on Nov 17th!