Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Waterfront Run

Um, how is it already April 19th??  I'm shocked at how fast this month is flying by!

So, I swear I'm wrapping up my weekend recap, but just wanted to mention a couple things.  For one, I actually RAN Sunday for the first time since...well I'm actually not sure when the last time I ran was, but it's been at least a couple weeks.  I ran with my brother and did about a 40 minute run around Hoboken, up near the waterfront.

I forgot to bring a camera, but it looks like this:

And I basically looked like this:

Well, except I'm not an old dude with an orange shirt on...  But you get the idea.

It's cool to run there though, because the NYC skyline is right across the river.  Quite spectacular and scenic!  I'm not going to lie though, it was a rough 3-4 miles after not having run much lately, and I'm actually a little sore, if that tells you anything.  Getting sore after a run of that length is not the usual for me!

Speaking of not running much lately, here's a little update on running, trying to conceive, and all of that.  When I first decided I would try to conceive, I basically had this idea in my head that I was going to do everything I could to cater to the possibility of a little fragile seedling being inside me.  To me, that meant cutting way back on running (or maybe not running at all), cutting back (basically eliminating it during the 2WW) on caffeine, and basically changing a lot of what I'd been doing normally to make it as conducive as possible for a baby to want to set up shop in my womb.  I wouldn't say it was a complete overhaul, but at the same time, I definitely decided I would err on the side of caution on anything that could possibly be detrimental.

Now, at 3-4 months into this whole journey, I'm realizing how dumb I've been.  Even though it's good to change some things and prepare for the possibility of a baby, I think I have gone a little overboard in putting my life on hold am no longer living the same way I used to, which I think has been kind of unnecessary.  It would have been one thing if I'd been a heavy drinker, a person who eats paint chips, or a street whore- AKA: someone with tons of issues that need to be dealt with and resolved before a baby can safely be introduced to their life.  But really, I was already doing everything I was supposed to by working out in moderation, eating a healthy diet, and keeping my mental sanity.  I think if anything, the altering I've done has probably done nothing more than to make me nervous, antsy, and in a less good place to receive a baby.  So in reevaluating things, I think it's time for me to take this back more towards the middle and start running some again and worrying less about everything I'm doing.  People living normally and not paying attention to any of this stuff get knocked up easily every day.  It seems to pay to be oblivious... So here's to obliviousness and we'll kind of try that for a while and see if it helps.  Being the obsessive nut that I am, I'm sure I'm still going to err on the side of caution, but I'm going to try to be less paranoid about it than I've been if I can.  I think trying to relax while trying to conceive is kind of a ridiculous notion.  I will try though!


Carly said...

I think you're doing the right thing to me. I feel like it's one of those situations when people stop trying so hard it just happens - I'm hoping that happens for you anyway!

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food said...

I think that is a wonderful attitude, though I know it can be tough because you don't want to do anything you think might prevent conception.

Stay healthy and do what you're doing and I'm sure you'll have the best chances. Best wishes :)

Jen @ Jen and Company said...

I think that sounds like a smart plan. You have been living a healthy lifestyle for a long time and that has to be good for breeding! :)

Katie H said...

It looks like a gorgeous run! I can only imagine what my body will feel like once I go for a run again- it's been almost nine weeks!

I think it's a good idea to ease up a bit on restricting yourself. Like you said, you weren't doing anything crazy before. Relaxing is good! :)

Lele said...

Hahaha I love your candor about this topic. "Someone who eats paint chips"... no, I don't think you're in any danger of being like that.

Heather Iacobacci-Miller said...

Oh what a gorgeous place to run. Sorry it wasn't the best run though. I really hope things work out for you soon on the baby front!

Jen said...

Oh a run on the water with the NYC skyline sounds awesome.

Happy to hear that you're giving yourself a break and feeling good about it. I know that exercise is something that you enjoy and I can only imagine that the restricted running has made your feel a bit crazy. I think your approach sounds perfect.

YUMMommy said...

Waterfronts are always relaxing. I wish we had more here Charlotte.

Runblondie26 said...

When you finally decide you want a baby, you want a baby like, yesterday. I know if can become consuming!

Glad your returning to some of your favorite activities. Like you said, you're already doing exactly what you should be doing for a healthy pregnancy.

Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) said...

Sounds like a good attitude! I was drinking wine like a street whore (haha, ok not really!) when I got preggers. I just stopped as soon as I found out, and so far, everything seems healthy and on track!

Mental sanity would help a lot more in conceiving (I'm guessing) than a couple less mils run a week :)

alison said...

Wait, so you're NOT a street whore? Who are you??? I totally get where you are coming from on this topic. It's hard because you want to to all the right things. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta fix me a big bowl o' paint chips for dinner :)

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