Last week I posted on Instagram that I made the decision not to run the Thankful 13 Half on Thanksgiving.
It was a really hard decision because I LOVE that race, I’ve ran it the last 2 years(here and here), I love starting the holiday off being active, and I hate quitting something I start. BUT I knew it was the right decision for me right now.
Training was stressful. Running is my stress reliever, but training for the race was adding stress because I was trying to cram it in, in only a few weeks.
I’m only (almost) 4 months pp. Although I feel really good, I don’t want to injure myself. I want to properly fuel myself and build my muscle before hitting that high mileage.
I want to soak up this precious time with my littles. I know that sounds so cheesy, but it’s true. With J, the newborn stage was hectic, overwhelming, and exhausting. I didn’t know what I was doing and couldn’t wait for him to just sleep haha. With Lily it has been the exact opposite. We waited a long time for her and I want to soak up this sweet newborn stage. I know it ends, I know we’ll sleep again, and I know I’ll never get the nursing one on one time again. So instead of rushing out the door on Saturdays for a long run, I’m gonna be smothered by my little family in bed. There’s always another race or run but there’s only one newborn stage.
I’ll still be running, but shorter runs and more weight training. Running is a hobby I truly love and I don’t have to run much for it to make me feel good. I’m grateful for a healthy able body to run, but I’m more grateful it allows me to keep up with these littles 🙂
Have a great week!