So despite the fact that the 1st of 2013 wasn't looking so great, I was determined to do something with it. Jason and I started the day by putting our new Beaba Babycook to work and making Eloise some homemade pears and carrots. Jason peeled and cut, and I steamed and pureed. Eloise tried her carrots that night and gobbled them up, along with some fresh pears this morning. I love feeding my baby girl good, healthy meals, and there is something satisfying about making them myself.
Jason wanted to run at 2:00 p.m. so around noon I decided I'd better get out and go. It wasn't too cold, around 52 degrees, but it was raining so I wore my shorts, a long sleeved shirt and a vest. I set out at a slow trot, trying to run gently to ease my tight foot into it. I wanted to get in at least 5 miles and I wanted to relax and enjoy it.
As I ran my foot loosened up but I held my slower pace. It felt good. The rain was light and steady but I was not cold. As the rain dripped off the bill of my visor I reflected on the past year and on the past 5 months because my baby girl was exactly 5 months old on this first day of the year. I looked at my watch and realized it was about this time 5 months ago that I was in the final stages of labor feeling tired, a little afraid and ready to meet the baby girl I'd been carrying for 9 months.
I kept running and remembering and day dreaming. For Christmas I received Scott Jurek's new book, "Eat and Run," which I was enjoying immensely and as I ran I thought about what I'd read so far. I thought about my goals for the new year in regards to running, raising Eloise, being a good wife, and my spiritual self as well.
And I kept running. When I got back to my neighborhood I had a little over 7 miles and I decided then and there to run 10. My foot felt fine, my legs felt fine. I knew I'd probably get tired at the end but I also knew I could handle tired. I knew Jason would be going back to work the next day and I wasn't sure how I'd get a run in or what kind of run it would be so today was the day. And I was already out in the rain, soaked through all my clothes, so I figured I might as well make it worthwhile.
I celebrated the new year and my baby girl's 5 month old birthday by running my first 10 miler since she was born. I finished in 1:37, so about 9:41 overall pace. I was pleased with it as I took my sodden shoes off at the door. I was tired but pleasantly so. I took a quick shower since I was so drenched, changed into some dry clothes and rocked my baby girl to sleep.
Despite how the day looked at the beginning, it turned out to be a great start to the new year. I hope to celebrate many more great moments with my baby girl and sweet husband, and many more good, strong runs as well. I have some big goals this year and while I know you don't always get to plan how things go, I would like to set a few goals and work toward them anyway. I'm excited about 2013 and I truly enjoyed my very first day of it.
Happy New Year, my readers and friends! I pray wonderful blessings on all of you and some great new beginnings as well!
|Eloise enjoying her first homemade carrots and celebrating her dad's team!|