Why I’m not running the Thanksgiving Half

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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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Have a great week!

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About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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2 Responses to Why I’m not running the Thanksgiving Half

  1. Am just catching up but sounds like you made a good decision! If I was a mama with littles running around I probably would have made a similar decision. 😉

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