I ran when Faith was a little baby, so this should be the same! I just need to find ultras that are on loops so I can stop and pump as I run. My weekday runs might not be perfect, but I'll be able to get my long runs done on the weekend when my husband is home!
This shouldn't be that hard! What kind of baby doesn't like bottles?? Why does she scream like a banshee for my husband? Why can't I freaking finish just ONE run without having to stop and feed the baby. I JUST fed her before I started this run!
|Mommy, I didn't give you clearance to leave my presence.|
OMG, I'm going to be a friendless loser who never runs double digit miles. I'm doomed to be one of those people who only runs on the treadmill and talks to themselves.
|Uh, Mommy? No one else talks to themselves.|
OK, let's say I don't run my long runs all at once. I should still be able to train for an endurance event. OK, I can only get 4 miles done at a time since the baby seems to be going through some kind of growth spurt...so how long will it take me to get to 12 miles?
|Longer than you have time for, that's how long.|
I think I've hit the final phase: Acceptance.
|Is "acceptance" a fancy word for giving up?|
When I planned out all of my postpartum running, I never considered the obstacle of having a baby who wouldn't take a bottle. I honestly never thought breastfeeding would work out since it was such a failure the first time. I guess this baby is more cooperative than my first, who could have guessed that?
While I'm grateful that breastfeeding has been successful this time, I'm also struggling with feeling tethered to the house. Cordelia will be 3 months old tomorrow and so far her eating schedule is pretty hard to predict. Sometimes she'll go 4 hours between feedings and other times, 45 minutes. This makes it hard for me to leave her with my husband since she already cries a lot for him and he doesn't know if she's hungry. As she gets older, her eating patterns will get more predictable, but for now...I've been sticking to the treadmill on the weekends.
This week is unusual because it was cold and rainy all week so I didn't do any stroller runs, but here's my mileage and it's ALL on the treadmill:
The treadmill isn't that bad, I get to watch TV or act like an idiot and no one has to see me.
I don't think I've ever had a 40+ mile week entirely on the treadmill before. When I go outside for my next run, I'll probably trip because I've gotten used to such a flat surface.
At this point, it looks like I won't be running that marathon in March. Even if I could get my long runs done (which would literally have to happen in the middle of the night), I probably wouldn't be able to attend the actual race because Cordelia may still be refusing to bottle feed by March and I'd be gone for at least 4 hours. I've been working with a lactation consultant on the issue and my husband is trying almost daily to get her to take a bottle, but there is still a decent chance that she may never take a bottle. Eventually we can try to get her to use a straw sippy cup and bypass the bottle entirely, but that is a few months away.
I still want to run half of the marathon in March, so maybe I'll jump in with Alyssa or Kari in their second half and annoy them by being fresh and perky. Just thinking about that makes me feel better.
In case anyone was wondering, not being able to leave my house and go for a long run is way worse than giving up dairy for the baby. She is lucky that she's so cute and I like her so much.
|I guess I'll keep her.|
Have you ever had to give up on training for an event or drop to a lower distance for non-injury reasons?