Nov 7, 2012

Where Do I Go From Here?

The thirty day countdown to my due date is ON!  I have to confess that I am really, really, ready to talk about something other than pregnancy on this blog.  It's been a wonderful few months, but for the record, I am more than my uterus.

Now, I'm not naive.  I know my world is going to get rocked pretty soon, but I still have a few goals I'd like to work towards.  The biggest thing is getting back into running.  I realize that in the two years I've had this blog, I've never actively trained for a race.  I'm excited to do that, particularly since I will be starting at square one.

Assuming I am cleared to start working out at the 4-6 week mark postpartum, I will not have run for approximately three or four months when I start back up again.  However, I have continued to walk, do the elliptical and dance.  I am not completely out of shape, but I am certainly out of running shape.

While I am dying to run a Spring half marathon, the timing is not very good and will greatly depend upon my recovery.  Plus, I need to figure out feeding schedules and the like.  I am guessing that out of town races are not an option right now.

So for now, my official "big" goal is to do the Winter Park Road Race, a 10k, on March 23, 2013.  I think it's a reasonable distance goal and I'll be about 14 weeks postpartum by then.  If there aren't any complications, then I should be OK to run it.

There are several 5ks in February in the Orlando area, but  to be honest,: I hate 5ks. I am not fast and by the time I'm done warming up, the race is over.  That being said, the Lady Track Shack on February 2 might be an option if I am recovered enough.  They do have strawberries at the finish line, after all.  Incentives, people. I've also run it twice and it's a pretty decent course that's only about 10 minutes from my house.  Last year was a pretty big bust, but maybe this year will be better?

Basically, I want to spend the Spring getting back into things.  Fall is when I'd like to concentrate on longer distances and getting faster.  A few potential races:

1)  The Space Coast Half Marathon on November 25 in Cocoa Beach

2) Women's Half Marathon in November in St. Petersburg

3) Orlando Half Marathon in December in Orlando

I would like to run another full marathon, but I can't make that kind of commitment until I get a good grasp on this motherhood thing.

Finally, since everyone keeps asking me if this is my first child, you may be wondering: are we going to try to have another child?

In short, no.

I can't begin to tell you the strain that two years of trying, a year of fertility medication, and pregnancy have put on my body.  It's been a huge financial drain as well.  If you want to know how much infertility really cost us, I'd be happy to share over email.  It's daunting, and it's not covered by insurance.  We paid every single penny out of pocket.  We were so lucky that we had a successful result.  We do not look gift horses in the mouth, either.  It is and always will be a complete miracle that I got pregnant.

But even more than the financial and the physical: we both need a break and we need to enjoy the time we have with our soon-to-arrive baby, as opposed to thinking about the next one.  So I am relieved to say that there will not be anymore TTC talk on this blog, because we. are. done.  Running, on the other hand? You and I have some unfinished business.