Celebrating (small) victories!

14 Jul

I have never really taken the time to think about how import an it is to celebrate victories (great AND small) until very recently. Often, I just took it for granted that I was able to wake up, throw on my running clothes, and go outside for a run.

Today I am 23 weeks and 4 days pregnant…and I am STILL running! HEYO!

Last week I was experiencing such extreme pain in my right ankle that I thought my pregnant running days were over. I thought for sure that this was my body’s way of telling me that it no longer approved of this “running thing” any longer. Being hard-headed and determined not to just give up, I reluctantly gave myself a few days off. It turns out that a combination of rest, compression, and a little Tylenol were just what my body needed. (Normally I use Motrin or Aleve for pain relief, but they are not on my “approved medications” list.)

This morning, before our 24 week baby doctor appointment, I went out for a run. I got to sleep in an extra hour and 15 minutes this morning (until 6:15AM!!) and I was feeling on my game! I actually woke up and my first thought was, “Woohoo! Let’s get going!” I haven’t felt that in what seems like ages and I was eager to take advantage of it! I got outside, calibrated my Garmin, and off I went…for a whole 2 miles without stopping!! Are you kidding me!? I was so excited! Granted, it took me 24:58 minutes to knock that out, but we just won’t focus on that. 🙂

Pregnant Runner + Barathon T-shirt = Awesomeness

Only a matter of months ago, two miles was merely a warm-up. Today, is comprised the bulk of my work out. How quickly things change! But, what is different about today is my ATTITUDE. Until now, I was getting disappointed with my ever-slowing pace…secretly fearing that there was no possible way that I’ll ever be “fast” again.

And, maybe I won’t…and maybe I will. Only time and patience with my body will tell. Either way, I will still have my love of the run.

Today I am going to be thankful and grateful. I am going to celebrate all of my victories (big or small). I really am so fortunate to still feel good enough to get outside and pound the pavement. I am thankful and grateful that my muscles and joints are still strong and that, so far, I can still give it all I have got…whatever that means on any particular day.

I never really intended on this turning into a “Thankful Thursday” post, but it appears that is the route it has taken. I am okay with that, because, apparently, this sweaty mama-to-be needed the reminder. 🙂

What victories are YOU celebrating today? What are you thankful for on this Thursday?

6 Responses to “Celebrating (small) victories!”

  1. Michelle at 12:49 PM #

    Woot! 23.571428 days pregnant and you are still running? I think that qualifies you as absolutely awesome!

    Today I’m thankful that I have a great group of friends who are going to serenade me good-bye tomorrow. And there will be booze and cake, thankful for that too! 🙂

    • katieRUNSthis at 5:13 PM #

      Thanks! Slow and steady…well, at least *finishes* the race, right? Yes, that’s what I’m going with these days!

      Booze and cake sounds like a fab send-off! Best of luck to you!!!

  2. Jeanette at 9:15 PM #

    I went to the gym at 5am today! That was a first for me!

  3. Tiffany at 9:51 PM #

    You are truly an inspiration! Now, I’m not so paranoid about gaining ALL of my weight back whenever we add on to our family (soon hopefully).

  4. hauterunningmama at 12:29 PM #

    Way to go!! I love when I see mamas out there running! I was not able to run while pregnant so in lieu I walked my hiney off. Keep on going 🙂 That wee one of yours will be running next to you before you know it!!

    • katieRUNSthis at 12:32 PM #

      Hi there! Thanks for coming by and thanks for the kind words! It is fun finding other running mamas! It gives me hope that I WILL be able to hit it hard again after the baby arrives! I can’t wait for Baby Key to run with me…even better, I can’t wait until he is running faster than me! 🙂

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